This pivotal event in the political calendar – the UK equivalent of the Iowa straw poll – was held even later this year than in recent years. Supposed to be just before Christmas, to mark the anniversary of the first fall of Peter Mandelson, this time we did not get round to it until a fortnight ago.
Fabulous long article by Burkhard Bilger in The New Yorker: 11,000 words on Google’s ambition to make driverless cars.
He quotes Sergei Brin, one of Google’s founders: “We’re not trying to fit into an existing business model. We are just on such a different planet.”
“In God we trust,” the company faithful like to say. “Everyone else, [...]
“Just as globalisation and technology have transformed other huge sectors of the economy in the past 20 years, in the next 20 years universities face transformation,” Professor Sir Michael Barber and his colleagues say in their An Avalanche is Coming, published today.
They cite one interesting example on page 38:
A really good example of how this can develop [...]
This is a fabulous report from KRON, a San Francisco TV station, in 1981, the year in which I started work as a journalist, a reporter on Accountancy Age.
The Peter Mandelson Memorial Dim Sum Lunch took place a little late this year. This was a gathering that started on 23 December 1998, when Mandelson first resigned from the Cabinet. By coincidence, the same group of my friends were lunching just after Christmas two years later, on 24 January 2001, when Mandelson resigned again.
One last list for 2012, from my article in The Independent on Sunday yesterday. I chose the 12 MPs of the 2010 intake who might be future prime ministers, six Labour and six Conservative, plus one Liberal Democrat who might be deputy prime minister, using a complex algorithm, the precise formula for which is a secret.
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