Never mind Acorn, use the Hundred Acre Wood

A fun column from Jeremy Clarkson in today’s Sunday Times who suggests we think of anyone you know and they’ll slot neatly into one of the characters from Winnie-the-Pooh. He points out that this handy classification system negates the need for any other kind of segmentation, tribe or Acorn group, allowing the nation’s bee keepers to … Continue reading Never mind Acorn, use the Hundred Acre Wood

When the going gets tough, its time to buy lipstick

I’m sure you’ve all read the ‘upsurge in sales for shoe repairers’ stories in the news suggesting that some sectors of the economy actually benefit from a downturn, in this case as people get their shoes repaired rather than splashing out on a new pair. There was also an interesting piece in the New York … Continue reading When the going gets tough, its time to buy lipstick

Worried? You should be.

Worried about the economy or think its all a lot of hot air?  A couple of months ago I would have said that we were in danger of talking ourselves into a recession, now I think its clear that we are in for one whether we like it or not: Manufacturing output fell for the … Continue reading Worried? You should be.

Turns out that the Economist was also a Futurologist

Having spent more time wading through his book, it turns out that Robert Beckman (of The Downwave and Into the Upwave fame) was ahead of his time on the technology as well as the economics front: All individual knowledge will become more and more a question of knowing where to look for information...by the year … Continue reading Turns out that the Economist was also a Futurologist

The Downwave Revisited

    I found an old copy of ‘Into the Upwave’ by Robert Beckman at home (loving the author pic).  It was published in 1988 but some of it is so relevant right now that they might as well save money on economists and read the first few chapters out loud on the Ten O’Clock News … Continue reading The Downwave Revisited