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You can’t be Sirius

Scandalised at the “false, malicious and dangerous” gossip percolating in Britain’s 17th century coffee houses by tradesmen “misspending their time”, King Charles II issued a decree to shut them down. The king worried that mercantile upstarts would defame his Government and disturb the...

Why are you afraid, ye of little faith?

Faith we are told, is “the substance of things hoped for”, and “the evidence of things not seen”.  This week incoming UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson challenged the country to have faith over the UK’s departure from the European Union,...

Man punts on River Cam in front of King's College

Varsity blues

Dealing with the sins of the past is no longer confined to institutions set up during war or which profited from apartheid. This week Cambridge University opened a front in confronting historical wrongs by promising to examine how it may...

Red Flag – of morals and markets; sweet FA

Cheerleader in chief for UK business, CBI director general Carolyn Fairbairn waved the red flag this week, warning that Labour Party proposals to nationalise public services would cost the country £176bn and decimate the pension pots of millions.   Impact: Limited....

Fearless Girl statue

Fearless Girl: Statue of limitations?

The most powerful statues embody new orthodoxies and so it is with Fearless Girl, a figure which stands for female empowerment originally stationed facing down the bronze bull in front of the New York Stock Exchange. A replica of her...

AI and news 2.0: machine learnings

I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that'* If, as Dr Johnson said “words are but the signs of ideas”, two breakthroughs this week showed that machines are now able to think, persuade and argue, putting the art of influence...

Caught out

Cricket Australia’s botched recovery from a crisis in culture makes Shane Warne want to vomit and provides rich lessons for business....