Archive for July, 2015

28
Jul

Making sense of 203 Billion…

I love Apple. Not because of their phones, tablets or watches. I love Apple because every quarter they release a dizzying set of figures which sets a challenge to journalists everywhere: How can we possibly help the audience make sense of such vast sums of money? For instance the company now has $203 billion in cash on its balance sheet, a sum of money so ludicrously large to be rendered almost incomprehensible. So how to explain it? I've heard or seen the following ...

13
Jul

The Health Jigsaw Puzzle

The overweight who have suffered a heart attack may live longer than thinner people,  according to a recent study. Oh dear. I can picture that collective frown on the foreheads of the worried well deepening further. There will have been some toys thrown out of prams surely? We have tried to be so GOOD and now those perceived - rightly or wrongly- to be less assiduous about their health can now find some  benefits from obesity. Certain fats are programmed to guard ...

11
Jul

Getting the Balance Right…

Like a shattered mirror the Greek story has many splinters of suffering. Dig down below the games of economic poker and political grandstanding and the suffering of ordinary Greek people is laid bare. Workers laid off because one vital ingredient imported from Asia can't be paid for electronically. Exports becalmed because lorries are out of fuel. And the queues for tiny amounts of cash. An eery echo of financial disasters of the past - including our very own Northern Rock debacle. One ...

02
Jul

Three Stages Before The Finish Line

Running. Not one of my favourite activities. It does in the knees, surely? I still have slightly stomach churning memories of those cross country runs at school which had nothing to do with the country and everything to do with pounding urban streets whilst indifferent PE teachers presumably put their feet up. However, setting this long harboured bitterness aside, I will admit the training principles for this gruelling event happily apply to the media encounter too. Warm up Keep dipping in to ...