Monthly Archives: March 2008

Welcome to the ‘blogosphere Peter…

A big welcome to the blogosphere to Peter Hoots , Enterprise Architect extraordinaire at Sun, who starts his Sun blog , as I’m sure he means to go on, with a post about EA Framework ‘Completeness’ . …..

The Ken vs. Boris Show

So the ‘battle’ for Mayor of London is being called ‘the Ken vs. Boris show’.

Strange to think that in the majority of the search results I’ve generated whilst researching the subject most of them came up with ‘Ken vs. Boris’, rather than the other way around, almost as though Boris Johnson is in the stronger position of the two, both in and out of the sentence.

That Ken Livingstone has a battle on his hands this time round is without a doubt. I spend the majority of my working life in the City, and frankly I haven’t heard a good word said about him in almost ten years, when I was still at Harrods, building Harrods Online (yes, I know, pretty isn’t it, although it’s been almost eight years since I spent three ‘heady’ years there, and I expect it’s probably been re-engineered since then, although you never know, as software I engineered is still in commission after over fifteen years).

Of course the battle for the position of the Mayor of London should not be confused with that of the Lord Mayor of the City of London, which is something completely different.

Over on the BBC website they are asking the lowest common denominator question of ‘does it matter outside London ?’, and given the wholesale reliance that the UK economy has on the Finance and Trading industry centered in London, it’d be extremly hard to see how it isn’t.

That the people of London choose both the best Major for the City and it’s re-energisation, it’s imperative that they also choose someone who can help re-energise the Financial ‘Engine’ of the UK which sits at the heart of the Capital. This is especially true given the ongoing credit crisis, made even worse yesterday with the annoucment that Bear Stearns would sell massively under their expected value.

Andrew Sparrow, a journalistic political blogger over at the Guardian website, has a nice piece ‘Boris invites Ken to get on his bike ‘, which includes the following snippet, in regards to the ‘green’ agenda:

Boris, of course, was funnier. Ken, apparently, never learnt to ride a bike, and, after a question about cycling, Boris urged him to “show a lead” and learn now.

Other headlines include the Telegraph with ‘Boris Johnson prances round Ken Livingstone’, the Times with ‘It’s Horrid Ken v Chaotic Boris’, and I’ve found you can even get betting odds on the ‘competition’ along with the tag line of ‘Red Ken vs Blue Boris ‘.

Frankly it must be the Brummy from Nechells in me, but I actually thought the funniest caption ended up being the Sun’s ‘barmy Boris VS crazy Ken’.

Let’s just hope that the City gets someone who at least attempts to live up to their promises, and who can genuinely help to revitalise not just local authority politics in London, but the Financial sector too, for the sake of us all in the UK.

Goodbye Arthur C. Clarke

Farewell to another hero of mine with the demise of Arthur C. Clarke earlier today.

I have fond memories of Arthur, mainly from the ITV series ‘Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World’, and of course from the parody done by the Goodies in the episode ‘Big Foot’.

Arthur’s work was prescient, and he well understood the symbiotic relationship between Science Fiction, and that of Science, Technology, and Innovation:

I’m sure we would not have had men on the Moon if it had not been for Wells and Verne and the people who write about this and made people think about it. I’m rather proud of the fact that I know several astronauts who became astronauts through reading my books.

As a ‘retired’ table top RPGer my favourite quote of his, which I heard, I think from Paul Cooke, was:

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Whilst this following quote amusingly goes very much against Okham’s Razor (which itself is a principal I like, and use, a great deal):

The truth, as always, will be far stranger.

I also like these quotes by Arthur too:

How inappropriate to call this planet Earth, when clearly it is Ocean.

Sometimes I think we’re alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we’re not. In either case the idea is quite staggering.

Somewhere in me is a curiosity sensor. I want to know what’s over the next hill. You know, people can live longer without food than without information. Without information, you’d go crazy.

Apparently another of his most famous works, ‘Rendevous with Rama’, is being adapted and produced as a film, and according to IMDB will be ready for release in 2009. Let’s hope so, and that it’s a fitting adaption.

He leaves the the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation to carry on the good work of promoting Science and Technology in his name.

So here’s to the man, who along with Stanley Kubrick in the adaption of 2001: A Space Odyssey, managed to change the entire World’s understanding of what ‘Space’ might sound like, especially when spaceship’s ‘dock’. Less whoosh, bang and zap, and more ‘An der schönen blauen Donau’ (also known as ‘On The Beautiful Blue Danube’ by Johann Strauss II).

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!


FasterTrading 2008年およびイギリスおよびヨーロッパ人の貿易市場の分裂

私達の市役所の仕事の使用中日最後の火曜日(第4)私が IntelのFasterTradingの前 日曜日の人が、壮麗なサヴォイの場所のIETのHQのナイジェルWoodward催した得られた後、 2008年の でき事に。 私は実際にそれを見つけるでき事を最もよい売り手の操業の1つ、市場の表面仕上げ、私によってがまだに行っているでき事楽しんだ。 ナイジェルおよびIntelのチームは実際に彼らの原料を知っていた、それはそれらを聞く喜びだったある最高のスピーカーをしっかり止め。 . …..

FasterTrading 2008 und die Zerteilung der Großbritannien-und Europäer-Geschäftsmärkte

Nachdem ein beschäftigter Tag bei der Arbeit in unserem Stadtbüro letzten Dienstag (der 4.) ich in der Lage war, Intels FasterTrading an das Ereignis 2008 entlang zu gelangen, bewirtet von einem Exsun-Kerl, Nigel Woodward, vorbei am Hauptquartier des IET am ausgezeichneten Wirsing-Platz. …..

FasterTrading 2008 och splittringen av UK- och européhandeln marknadsför

Över på HQEN av IETEN på den storartade savoyen förlägga, efter en upptagen dag på arbete i vår tisdag för jumbon för stadskontoret (4th) jag var kompetent att få along till Intel den FasterTrading händelsen som 2008 varades värd av enSun grabb, Nigel Woodward. ….. 1 Trackback

FasterTrading 2008年和英国和欧洲人商业市场的破碎

在一繁忙的天在工作在我们的市政厅最后星期二(4个)之后我能有 英特尔的FasterTrading 2008年 事件,主持由前太阳人,奈格尔Woodward,在IET的HQ在壮观的开胃菜地方。 我真正地享受这个事件,发现它一个最佳的供营商奔跑,市场饰面,我去的事件。 奈格尔和英特尔队巩固了真正地知道他们的材料的一些第一流报告人,并且它是乐趣听他们。 我划分了什么我夺取了反对每位报告人,并且如下他们的沥青(因为 这里 参考 是更多关于报告人和那里个体沥青. …..

FasterTrading 2008 en de fragmentatie van de Britse en Europese van de Handel Markten

Na een bezige dag op het werk in ons Bureau van de Stad vorige Dinsdag (de vierde) die ik kon aan de gebeurtenis vooruitgang boeken van FasterTrading 2008 van Intel , door een ex-zonkerel, Nigel Woodward, over bij HK van IET op de prachtige Plaats van de Savooiekool wordt ontvangen. …..

FasterTrading 2008 et la fragmentation des marchés commerciaux du R-U et de l’Européen

Après qu’un jour occupé au travail dans notre bureau de ville mardi dernier (le 4ème) j’aie pu subsister à l’événement 2008 de FasterTrading d’Intel , accueilli par un type d’ex-Sun, Nigel Woodward, plus d’au QG de l’IET à l’endroit magnifique de la Savoie. …..