That dollar collapse

Excellent-but-unreadable economist Willem Buiter pretty much agrees with me on the inevitable collapse of the dollar - although his timeframe is 2-5 years rather than my best guess of six months to 2 years. This will see the $/£ exchange rate going back to somewhere around 1.65. The interesting bit will be whether the changing … Continue reading That dollar collapse

Very brief train post

I try and avoid these, because they're insanely geektastic. Nonetheless: a bunch of whining has gone on lately about failures on the trains, in the coldest and iciest week of the last 15 years. For most of today, the M1 was closed, for almost exactly the same reasons. Anyone who slates the former and not … Continue reading Very brief train post

Created in Birmingham

I just voted for West Midlands creative networking blog Created In Birmingham as the Best UK Blog in the 2008 Weblog Awards, and I'd urge you to do the same. No, I don't particularly care about the Brummie creative arts world (much as I love Napalm Death and Jasper Carrott...), but they're the entrant with … Continue reading Created in Birmingham

Infinite fighting with websites, all the time

For someone who isn't a professional webmonkey, I seem to be spending scary amounts of time both in my job and at home being forced to deal with ridiculous amounts of web-based nonsense. Ho hum. With more wood-touching than a tree fetishist in the Black Forest, it looks like I've got everything, both work-wise and … Continue reading Infinite fighting with websites, all the time

On learning from your mistakes

The Metropolitan Police and the CPS, yesterday: The Metropolitan Police have apologised to Colin Stagg, who was wrongly accused and jailed for the murder of Rachel Nickell on Wimbledon Common. Assistant Commissioner John Yates said "mistakes were made" and added: "It is clear that he is completely innocent." The Crown Prosecution Service has also written … Continue reading On learning from your mistakes

‘None of the above’

Mark Wadsworth highlights a new political survey called Take The Quiz. Along the lines of the utterly pointless Political Compass, but slightly more worthwhile [*], it takes (paraphrases of) manifesto commitments and other policy statements from the major UK-wide [**] political parties, and asks you to pick the one you most like / least dislike … Continue reading ‘None of the above’