July 15, 2016

Twitter at 10

It’s ten years today since Twitter, the chaotic scrapbook of our age, launched to the public. Whilst it hasn’t achieved the financial success of Facebook or […]
July 14, 2016


Last night, I went to a talk at the ICA by the architectural theorist and critic Charles Jencks. He was talking about his 1972 book Adhocism. […]
July 13, 2016

A jackhammer made of feathers

My friend for more than thirty years, Robert Foster, world-renowned silversmith, inventor, magician with time and honorary brother died today. Rob was one of the finest […]
July 7, 2016

It’s A Mystery

The news has been pretty bleak recently – well, pretty much all year to be honest – and so this story on the BBC website yesterday was […]
July 7, 2016

Handwritten blog post no.1

July 5, 2016

Metal words

This article has been floating around Facebook and recently caught my eye. A data scientist has performed a linguistic analysis of heavy metal lyrics to determine […]
June 30, 2016

Future Shock

It’s fair to say that the last week has been rather eventful. Resignations and recriminations have dominated the headlines and will continue to do so for […]
June 27, 2016


I watched the Coldplay set at Glastonbury, mud and Tom Watson-free from the sofa, on BBC 2 last night.  They are masters of the powerful emotional […]
June 27, 2016

Wishful thinking

Proposed joint statement from the leaders of the UK’s main political parties: “Last week the British people voted in an advisory referendum to indicate whether they […]
June 13, 2016

Ratings v Votes

On Thursday, Britain became the world’s largest reality TV programme.  ‘Housemates’ were asked to do the equivalent of calculate Pi to 140 decimal places using mental […]