Monthly Archives: November 2011

Mini Babybel MiniMelter road-test

According to cheese experts, consumers in North America and the United Kingdom are demanding more flavour from their weekly cheese shop.  Not that you’d guess from my fridge where cottage, Wensleydale and processed cheese are perennial favourites. Inspired by a former … Continue reading

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What are the rules for our all-seeing surveillance society?

You know, the courts might not work any more, but as long as everybody is videotaping everyone else, justice will be done When Marge first uttered this (comically unconvincing) homily at the end of the best-ever episode of The Simpsons (Homer … Continue reading

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Happy National Freelancers Day!

In case you hadn’t heard, today is National Freelancers Day. The ‘third annual celebration of freelancers‘ carries the Prime Minister’s endorsement and marks the contribution made by more than 1.5 million freelancers to the UK economy. This seems like an … Continue reading

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Being green means being whiter than white

Today a Paris court fined French state energy company EdF €1.5m and jailed two executives for hacking a Greenpeace computer. EdF is a key player in Britain’s energy market.  One of the country’s biggest electricity suppliers, EdF Energy is at the … Continue reading

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Victorian values re-evaluated

On Sunday inventor-entrepreneur James Dyson added his voice to the much-needed debate on planning in the UK.  Writing in support of a new Thames Hub airport for London (“Boris Island“) he laments “we have lost the ambition and vision of our Victorian ancestors. … Continue reading

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Prize-winning pumpkin prompts poignancy

After scandal threatened an ignominious end to his super-sizing reign, Shropshire mega-veg king Barry Truss regained his crown at last Sunday’s Beckbury Allotment Association Hallowe’en Pumpkin Competition. In June Barry was branded a cheat after he admitted injecting a prize-winning … Continue reading

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Plane sailing

The UK has not always been hamstrung by transport planning: big bold decisions taken centuries ago shape the world we live in today. Last week I took a ‘Fall Break’ to the New Forest in Hampshire.  First established in the … Continue reading

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