Weeknote 472: half term

This week I have learned: That just mooching about with the kids whilst getting paid during half term has actually been an odd experience. Six years of free range hustling has changed how I think about my time, but I'm not sure for the better.That is perfectly reasonable to take a troupe of 20 cardboard … Continue reading Weeknote 472: half term

51 for 50 – 1982

In my teens I got involved with a band. I can't quite remember how the initial contact was made, but somehow I was the saxophonist for Secret Fascination. There was a lead singer who was called John, but his real name was Chris (although it might have been the other way around). There was another … Continue reading 51 for 50 – 1982

Weeknote 471: sore toes

This week I have learned: That I am really not cut out for skiingLaw firm offices really are hilariously interchangeableOnce you get over the initial silliness of talking about gnomes, you find that they’re a great way to explore interesting problemsThe gulf between wallpapering over the cracks and knocking down the whole damn building is … Continue reading Weeknote 471: sore toes

Mind the Pizza Gap

For the past couple of decades, I've found myself, for one reason or another, in front of groups of people asking them to identify brands that, for them, sum up really great or really bad customer service. In the latter category, the types of brands have remained remarkably stable, even if some of the names … Continue reading Mind the Pizza Gap

51 for 50 – 1980

Oh my goodness I got obsessed by The Cure in my late teens. Emerging from a world of electronic and hip hop, through the gateway of New Order, I ended up in Indie guitar world but then introduced to The Cure by friend and occasional Smooly Batrash co-conspirator Alex. The first Cure album I really … Continue reading 51 for 50 – 1980

Weeknote 469: The Internet of Gnomes

This week I have learned: how beautiful a roof there is on the Leeds Corn Exchange that the future is Internet Gnomes when we think of connected devices, we need to think peer to peer as much as hub and spoke maybe Minimum Viable should be the objective? getting a 9-year-old to do violin scales … Continue reading Weeknote 469: The Internet of Gnomes

51 for 50 – 1979

Most of my childhood, bar the first couple of years, was spent living in Watford, a not particularly interesting little town to the North West of London, just outside the Orbital M25 motorway. But for a few years in the late 1970s and early 1980s my parents, wanting to get more space than the two-up, … Continue reading 51 for 50 – 1979