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Eight marathons in eight days and we are in the Caribbean Sea after running 6,504 miles across South America, Notebook

Eight marathons in eight days and we are in the Caribbean Sea after running 6,504 miles across South America

Fifteen months ago, just as the Olympic gun resonated through the streets of London, bracing ourselves against a blizzard at the southerly-most point of continental South America, we began our race to run the length of the continent.

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 22 October 2013 at 9:00 pm

A visit to the heart of the lungs of the world, Notebook

A visit to the heart of the lungs of the world

A trickle of sweat runs down my chest. Distant rumbles of thunder trigger an Amazon orchestra. Crickets, cicadas and grasshoppers whine in desperate anticipation.

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 27 August 2013 at 9:00 am

A recipe for a healthy rainforest in a nutshell, Notebook

A recipe for a healthy rainforest in a nutshell

A chocolate-coloured, toe-shaped nut. The Brazil nut. One of the finest. Full of protein, calcium, iron, selenium and a whole host of other riches; one creamy crunch and you’re reaching for another.

By | Notebook | Monday, 12 August 2013 at 5:00 am

Don’t get mad about Amazon and make the right ethical choice, Notebook

Don’t get mad about Amazon and make the right ethical choice

The latest revelations of Amazon’s ginormous tax dodge are making many people mightily angry. The good news though is that you don’t have to get mad – you can get even by boycotting Amazon

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 21 May 2013 at 5:48 pm

What they don’t tell you about online shopping and trading, Bytesize

What they don’t tell you about online shopping and trading

One of the myths about online retail technology was that it would only pass on benefits to the consumer. That’s not always the case. Everything is cheaper online, right? Wrong! That’s what they want you to believe.

By | Bytesize, Digital Digest | Tuesday, 12 March 2013 at 2:27 pm

Retail technology companies could do far more to help the charity sector and it would cost them hardly anything, Bytesize

Retail technology companies could do far more to help the charity sector and it would cost them hardly anything

One of the most enduring popular myths about the modern economy is that there’s an easy fortune to be made in online trading, if you can only be bothered to make the effort. The implication is that the unemployed really ought to jolly well pull their socks up and start a business.

By | Bytesize, Digital Digest | Wednesday, 6 March 2013 at 4:10 pm

Privacy challenges ahead 2013, Battle of Ideas

Privacy challenges ahead 2013

Joe Bloggs wishes to use a pseudonym on Facebook as he does not want his employer and his tutors to know that he has an account. Or, Jane does not wish to have her Google services merged into one account

By | Battle of Ideas, Notebook | Monday, 4 March 2013 at 6:51 pm

If you think it’s hard being an ethical consumer, try being an ethical trader, Uncategorized

If you think it’s hard being an ethical consumer, try being an ethical trader

If you resent giving money to corporations that avoid their taxes, the alternatives are painfully expensive. Especially in retail. As an experiment in ethics, I tried getting rid of assorted films, clothes, books and games using anyone but eBay, Amazon and Google. It cost me around £300 but, as we shall see, it was all worth it.

By | | Friday, 11 January 2013 at 3:22 pm

Black Friday is just like Brit’s Boxing Day, Notebook

Black Friday is just like Brit’s Boxing Day

America’s busiest shopping day is in full swing today as traditional Black Friday sales hit streets across the country. The exciting shopping season began as early as 4am

By | Notebook | Friday, 23 November 2012 at 2:22 pm

Kindle Fire, North Sea, Osborne, #Bestival – why are they trending?, Notebook

Kindle Fire, North Sea, Osborne, #Bestival – why are they trending?

What’s trending and why?

By | Notebook | Friday, 7 September 2012 at 11:25 am

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