The beginning of November means one sure thing – the retail giants blitz our TV screens with their adverts that are designed to get us to spend, spend, spend! This year Tesco have found themselves at the centre of a twitter storm over their ad which features an obviously Muslim family celebrating Christmas. Many social […]

There is some evidence that 2017 may be the year in which print makes a comeback. For example, I was interested to read a report by the media group Bauer which found that an astonishing 84 per cent of people in the USA say that they feel more engaged when reading a print publication than […]

A few days ago, for reasons that I won’t bore you with, I was reading a financial magazine and came across an article about the use of technology in healthcare. It mentioned that a leading decorating company has produced a paint which is odourless and contains an insecticide that kills mosquitoes. The Japan based company […]

I don’t watch much popular TV. I’ve never watched more than a few minutes of Bake Off, X Factor or Strictly Come Dancing.  However I do admit to one guilty pleasure, I can’t miss a single episode of The Apprentice. Now in its 13th season, it is car crash TV par excellence. The programme is […]

I’m sure that I’m not the only person who experienced a satisfying bout of schadenfreude when I read about Ryanair’s problems. The low cost airline has always made a virtue of treating customers poorly and not caring about their own lousy reputation. Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s attention seeking boss, has always seemed to me to follow […]

Players and administrators in women’s sport regularly complain that they are underfunded when compared to their male counterparts. Their argument is that the poor media coverage of their sport leads to fewer sponsorship and other commercial sources of income being available to them. Recent events at my local rugby club would seem to suggest that […]

At the weekend Eileen and I went to Stirling for the crime writing festival Bloody Scotland. The festival, which has been running for six years now, looks at all aspects of crime fiction but has a strong emphasis on “Tartan Noir”. My own personal interest in crime fiction began in the late 1970’s when I […]