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A Very British Tsunami: Covid19

⏱ 7 Minute Read ✍🏻 24th March 2020
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The Spanish philosopher George Santanyana wrote, “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

By invoking Santanyana, I could be referencing the 1918 flu pandemic that killed around 50 million people—possibly as many as 100 million—and infected a third of the world’s population. Instead I am referring to the harsh lessons learned by China and Italy in the very recent past. By looking back in time, the UK can choose which of those pasts it is going to repeat.

Opinion

What Lies Ahead: Covid19

⏱ 9 Minute Read ✍🏻 30th March 2020
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As the UK death toll approaches 1,500, the arguments between those who claimed that COVID-19 is “just like flu” and those who took it more seriously are falling quiet. Even for those with their head still stuck firmly in the sand, it is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore the noise of Italy and Spain on the tracks ahead.

Opinion

A Warning for the United Kingdom: Covid19

© Alessandra Tarantino / AP. Critically ill COVID-19 patient on bio-protective stretcher, March 2020 (Rome, Italy).

⏱ 9 Minute Read ✍🏻 21st March 2020
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My girlfriend Katie and I are currently locked down on the Spanish island of Mallorca, watching from afar as the COVID-19 crisis unfolds in the UK.

I have now studied a great deal of credible information about the Coronavirus situation in Europe and have become convinced that people in the UK are dangerously misinformed.

Opinion

Kardashian Kult(ure)

19 Minute Read  ✍🏻 December 2017
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Kim, Khloé, Kourtney, Kendall and Kylie. Like an alliterative roll-call of Disney princesses, the five sisters of Kris Jenner’s powerhouse have become the ultimate fantasy for Millennial women. With a combined social media following of 700 million impressionable young people, the Kardashian-Jenners now influence the equivalent of 9% of the population of Earth.

Fiction

The Runner

3 Minute Read  ✍🏻 January 2018
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Overwork and pressure have put grit in his blood. Skin shadowy, tanned ashen from artificial light, mouth soured by stale air, back teeth aching from the lock-jaw of stress. There is shrapnel in his back; shot through with gristle, steel cables of torsion in his neck.

Business

Dream Responsibly

17 Minute Read  ✍🏻 April 2019
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In an age when the aspiration to be an entrepreneur has exploded—egged on by all those Apprentice-esque TV shows that make such a mockery of the profession—it’s hardly surprising that the gap between fantasy and reality now resembles the Grand Canyon. This article is intended as an antidote to those typically saccharine popular portrayals.

Fiction

Well, Why Not?

⏱ 10 Minute Read  ✍🏻 September 2017
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I am walking to the central Monument in the bright May Sunshine. I am carrying a paper bag that contains a sandwich, a bottle of sparkling water and an apple. The content of the sandwich is not important.