Recapturing the dream – memories of Apollo and a wonderful future

It’s 51 years this coming week since Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon. Just over half a century since the most stunning achievement in the history of the world. Think about it this way. Life has existed on Earth for around three billion years. For most of that time it was little more than single-celled … More Recapturing the dream – memories of Apollo and a wonderful future

When outsourcing goes bad – a cautionary tale

Back when I was working in a corporate communications office the buzz-word was ‘outsourcing’. Anything other than ‘core business’ (which was never fully defined) could be dispensed with in favour of ‘service providers’. That didn’t mean the work went away, but this ‘rightsizing’ did mean that everybody’s job was suddenly under threat, as loyal and … More When outsourcing goes bad – a cautionary tale

The obscure word of the week is sciapodous

This week’s obscure English word is sciapodous. It means someone who has big feet. You could say ‘Bigfoot is sciapodous’, but it might be redundant in that sense. In point of fact, many words with ‘pod’ in them could refer to feet, drawing from the ancient Greek ‘pod’, as in foot. Take ‘podobromhidrosis’, for example, … More The obscure word of the week is sciapodous

Covid-19 conspiracy theory isn’t new – think Apollo

These days, as endless conspiracy theories about Covid-19 flow through my social media feed, I keep thinking of their grandparent, the Apollo moon hoax conspiracy. There are some surprising similarities. Most of the claims today are to do with Covid-19, which (if we are to believe the conspirators) is a fake virus promoted by the … More Covid-19 conspiracy theory isn’t new – think Apollo