Archive for the 'Opinion' Category

Ah, that blasted productivity slump again

Friday, July 7th, 2017

Recently I saw this familiar yet unchanging graph on one of my favorite news sites: Source: Office for National Statistics This to me, is quite astonishing. Really? Productivity rose consistently up until the 2008 financial crisis, then slumped, without any significant improvements since? Perhaps most intriguing is that economists can’t agree as to what is [...]

 

Canada’s rarest export

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

It feels as if it’s been a while since the hurricane of Canada’s very own John Daly of politics blew through the media, but for me it’s been difficult to overlook the significance of what Rob Ford has done for his country. This mayoral debacle has triggered an export of something almost never seen out [...]

 

A functional old town

Monday, January 9th, 2012

As my plane descended into Marrakesh, I wondered if this would be a place I’d be able to write anything about. At the time I suspected, probably not. This was likely because all my limited imagination had managed to conjure up was an Arabic Bruges, a city which despite being a famous tourist attraction and a great [...]

 

Europe’s hidden middle men

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Lately I’ve been taking a closer look at a curious citizen (or often not) of the European landscape: The street hawker. My first encounter with them was some years ago in Paris. Many many hawkers could be found around the Eiffel tower, selling small plastic LED-lit models of the tower. But here’s the interesting thing: [...]

 

A trully Spanish hole in the ground

Monday, September 12th, 2011

If you’ve spent a lot of time outside of Spain’s main cities (Which I haven’t) you might have observed something I saw when descending on my first flight in: Holes in the ground. Not natural holes, but holes of the man-made kind. Most of these holes were accompanied by work sites and construction machinery, not [...]

 

Reopening the book on Film Photography

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Sadly, I’m a bit too young to have really experienced photography using film, worse still, when I first became interested in taking pictures 12years ago, I was already in possession if one of the first affordable digital cameras. To make up for this; a couple of years back I borrowed an old 35mm film SLR [...]

 

Ryanair strikes again

Friday, August 12th, 2011

I’m currently sitting at Stansted airport, stuck, because my plane broke down, so they’re having to fly in a new one in from Greece. I suspect I’m going to be here for a very, very long time. I hate flying Ryanair. Every time I board a Ryanair flight, a little piece of my soul dies. [...]

 

DB: BAHN.

Friday, August 12th, 2011

With almost endless daily ranting about the poor level of service provided by the UK rail companies, it almost seems a shame not to join in. But I ought to keep my mouth shut, as the railways in my own country, far from a vast nation-wide network covering every place worth-living-in, are little more than [...]

 

Prague: The perfect antidote to modern urbanism

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Now, if you think I’m about to write a lengthy blog post about the beauty of Prague, think again. Doing so would be akin to writing about the roundness of the wheel, the greenness of grass, or perhaps even the wetness of water. I know you’ve already been to Prague, and I know you’ve also [...]

 

War of the green crosses

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

As I’ve travelled around Europe I’ve noticed something: Pharmacies. Not the fact that there are pharmacies, but the signage they use, specifically, the large bright green flashing Neon and LED signs. They’re everywhere and they’re very hard to miss. What amazes me is how much of an eyesore some of them can be. I’ve literally [...]