I’m the King of the Commonwealth…!

I don’t know Mummy, first it was Obama and now it’s my own daughter-in-law they want. Anyone but me... I couldn’t help but be amused by the Guardian’s recent report on the meeting in London for Commonwealth le... Read More...

The Magus & the Educator

Now that we are well into the second decade of the new millennium we get a clearer idea of what is important; what we will be bringing into the new century as essential building blocks as the old recedes into h... Read More...

Extra Virgin or Greasy Harlot?

The olive has been with us for some 8,000 years. Its oil has been a treasured culinary companion around the Mediterranean basin for most of that time. In the past 40 years olive oil’s appeal has gone global. So... Read More...

Globalisation: Is BREXIT the Tipping Point?

The decision when it came was a shock. Surprisingly, to people all over the world, not just to the British and Europeans directly affected. Reactions, depending upon where you stood, ranged from anger to ju... Read More...

Hard Cheese! Authentic is the New Luxe

The term ‘mass luxury’ is a contradiction. It makes no sense, except of course in marketing parlance, when it becomes potent. True luxury in the consumerist Edwardian sense – a Fabergé egg let’s say, comprising... Read More...
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Coca Cola’s Expensive “Milk”

At a critical stage of Apple’s negotiations to hire Pepsi’s John Sculley as their new CEO back in 1983, Steve Jobs clinched the deal by asking Sculley “do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life,... Read More...
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Why Shoot the Mules?

As a child growing up in England in the 1950s I can still remember the chill and frisson of fascinated fear we all felt on the occasions a death sentence was carried out. An overriding aura of a shameful and sq... Read More...