The genius and warning of Bradbury, Burgess and Huxley

It’s become too easy to call something ‘Orwellian’. We all know what it means. ‘Big Brother’, ‘Room 101’ and ‘doublespeak’ have all passed into the cultural and political lexicon. Constant observation, scrutiny and intrusion are the essences of the totalitarian system. While 1984 remains seminal, it lacks the technological imagination of other works in the […]

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God bless Amazon…and comic books​

This isn’t a placement ad. I promise. No, I’ve just been musing on the genius of Amazon. It’s become the new hypocrisy to have a stab at the company for allegedly destroying local businesses while simultaneously relishing its next day delivery service and limitless merchandise. While I’ve never been unsympathetic to the decline of local […]

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Reflections on trial by media

“There is no easy answer. As soon as a news story breaks, a production company is placed in the impossible position of being seen to side with their star by not taking action or cutting their losses for the sake of their image. Netflix cut ties with Spacey as a result of the allegations, a decision that cost the streaming service about $39 million.”

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Petition launched for expat MPs

ALASTAIR STEWART, a freelance writer and teacher based between Edinburgh and Almeria, has launched a petition to introduce Members of Parliament for British citizens living abroad. The petition to ‘Introduce MPs to represent the interests of British citizens living abroad’ is calling on the UK Government to acknowledge the unique concerns of British citizens across the […]

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Speech to the Dallas Global Chamber Awards for Zorica Ilin (Head Trade Officer, Invest Macedonia)

Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m delighted to be here before you this afternoon to offer my own congratulations to friends and colleagues, rightly recognised for their innovation, drive and leadership by Global Chamber. With some sense of irony, I find myself given a public platform to speak to you about business. The recipients you’ve recognised tonight are among […]

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