Adventures in Merseyside: part three

It has been over a decade since I left Merseyside to move down to London. During this time some things have changed. None more so than Liverpool Lime Street. The formerly grimy station has had a makeover. An independent coffee shop that any city would be proud of sits between platforms 7&8 with bacon rolls […]

I like: Sephora “vending machine” at airport

Sephora “vending machine” at airport, originally uploaded by Salim_Mitha. Salim took a picture of this cosmetic vending machine at Dallas Fort Worth airport which I geeked out on. Whilst the brand is owned by LVMH it sells cosmetics in JC Penney, so no brand manager having to worry about providing an appropriate luxury experience via […]

Links of the day

tweetaways.com – an easy way to pick a random twitterer who tweets a specific phrase Postling – ping.fm with scheduling I, Cringely » Carried Away – legislation aimed at hedge funds provides temporary issue for VCs. The Big Shift: Moving to LTE From WiMAX Putting Online Privacy in Perspective – O’Reilly Radar – Tim O’Reilly’s […]

Adventures in Merseyside: part two

The heart of Birkenhead has developed some new contradictions. Housing and buildings are being demolished and then promptly replaced with bland apartment blocks. Given that much of the brick work was much better in the Victorian houses that the apartment blocks replaced. My Dad told me about flats for homeless people being built that required […]

Thinking about the ‘Made in China’ brand

Its hard to think now that ‘Made in Germany‘ did not stand for excellence, especially when we think about brands like Zeiss, Leica, Miele, Siemens and Daimler-Benz. But at the beginning of the 20th century ‘Made in Germany‘ stood for cheap and tasteless products. China is in a similar situation, despite being the workshop of […]