Posted in April 2012

The Apprentice: Unpalatable results prove to be a recipe for disaster

The Apprentice: Unpalatable results prove to be a recipe for disaster

WARNING! Contains spoilers We may be halfway through this year’s Apprentice, but still the teams continue to make a right (meat)balls-up of familiar tasks, leaving themselves in a stew. In a closely fought contest selling gourmet food in Edinburgh in which both teams made tasty profits, Phoenix’s meatballs proved slightly less appetising than Sterling’s Scottish-themed … Continue reading

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What would Google have looked like in the 1980s?

What would Google have looked like in the 1980s?

For those of us old enough to remember a world of computers before the windows-based graphical user interfaces developed by Apple and Microsoft - when every byte of memory mattered, modems were big clunky devices you plugged an old-style telephone handset into and we considered 5¼-inch floppy disks to be wondrously compact – this little gem … Continue reading

Anything but ordinary

Anything but ordinary

So, what’s been happening today? I’ve spent the day mostly working at home after a morning business meeting at Reading’s Madejski Stadium. Take-away Chinese for dinner. Heather’s out at her book club meeting. And I’ve just finished editing an interview with Olympic cycling bronze medalist Bobby Julich for the cycling blog I run. A pretty … Continue reading

Nostalgia Jukebox: Eighties soundtracks

Nostalgia Jukebox: Eighties soundtracks

A regular series delving into my musical archives to look back at tracks which are at least 20 years old. Maybe it’s because the Eighties coincided with my peak cinema-going years, but for me the decade represents something of a golden age of film soundtracks, when creating a compelling title track and accompanying album didn’t … Continue reading

Too school for cool

Too school for cool

Isaac passed another small milestone on the road to adulthood this morning as we received confirmation of which primary school he will moving up to in September. It has its downsides as well as its upsides, but it certainly marks the beginning of a big and exciting phase in his life. First, the downsides. There’s no escaping … Continue reading

39

39

39. The atomic number of yttrium. Part of the title of John Buchan’s famous novel, The Thirty-Nine Steps. The international direct dialing code for Italy. The sum of five consecutive prime numbers (3+5+7+11+13). The duration in nanoseconds of the reaction in the largest nuclear explosion ever conducted. It’s also the number of weeks pregnant that Heather is … Continue reading