Walking somewhere

I’d arrived in Trieste on a Friday evening, and, having dropped my backpack off, I needed to walk. So I set off, towards the sea. Despite being a Friday, there was almost nobody about. The large, square Hapsburg buildings loomed for block after block at … Continue readingWalking somewhere

Cat guardians

The beginning of the end of my 2016 came when I spent three days in Athens, alone. I went to the city with barely any preparation, beyond half-remembered Greek myths at school, an almost totally forgotten Homer course at university, a scrawled sheet of phrases … Continue readingCat guardians

Peggy and Mihaela

I met Peggy first. We fell into step, two Brits abroad, dragging our carry-on luggage across the orbital road of Nice airport, walking to the hotel we had been sent to by our airline. Our evening flight had been delayed, and they’d finally given up … Continue readingPeggy and Mihaela

Tapping the kangaroo

Every day in London, thousands of fingers tap a cute Kangaroo logo on their smartphone screens. As a result, every lunchtime and supper time, thousands of young men have a job to do. They’re participating in a new, digitally-enabled form of freelance labour: working for … Continue readingTapping the kangaroo

Room 59

Originally published in Issue 1 of Novelty Magazine, a quarterly cultural affairs journal interested in fresh perspectives on unconventional themes. Sunday family trips to the National Gallery in London are among my most-cherished childhood memories. Up from our distant suburb beyond the edge of the District line, … Continue readingRoom 59

Yes we Kanban!

Kanban is one of the most talked-about, but least-understood, ways we have of managing digital product development. At least, that’s the impression I got from a recent talk given by David Lowe, a Kanban expert and Scrum coach, at General Assembly in London. A quick Google search suggests that Kanban … Continue readingYes we Kanban!

Kleenex, Apple, brand love

It’s hard to work back from Apple to give brand advice to Kleenex… So said Laurence Green, ex of the Cadbury’s Gorilla, and currently of creative agency 101 London, at an APG/Flamingo debate I attended the other day. The debate was all about “brand love”. Specifically, … Continue readingKleenex, Apple, brand love

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