Poppy

There was a time when nobody really cared if you wore a poppy or not, never mind what colour it was. A time when, in the words of Ray Davies, "Girls will be boys and boys will be girls", and it didn't matter. Admittedly he thought it was a mixed up, muddled up, shook up … Continue reading Poppy

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Bang

I've always liked Yorkshire and its people. Friendly, down to earth, straight-forward. Maybe that's why I decided to support Leeds United when there are probably 20 or so top football teams geographically closer to the place of my birth. But one particular bloke from God's Own Country pisses me off every year. By attempting to … Continue reading Bang

Certified

While convalescing from minor surgery I had a day-long Netflix session (without the chill) watching the first series of 'Narcos'. Based on true events, it chronicles - with a fair amount of dramatic licence - the story of Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar, and the continuous attempts of the Drug Enforcement Agency to bring him to … Continue reading Certified

Onboard

A few years ago I was asked who in the business world I most admired. My reply, to the slight surprise of my questioner, was Ryanair's Michael O'Leary. My reasoning was that he had a built a very successful brand with only one real benefit, that of perceived low cost. Yes, your £25 flight to Venice … Continue reading Onboard

Houses

'NIMBY' is an overused acronym. I know that because I use it far too often myself; a knee-jerk reaction when I hear of protests against new housing developments or transport links. We have a severe housing crisis in the UK and one of the only solutions is to develop land close to current amenities and infrastructure. Constructing new … Continue reading Houses