Sir Paul Smith had a chat, as he himself called it, at the V&A Museum this past Tuesday. It was one of the best “chats” I have ever listened to. Sir Paul was genuine and real, humorous and inspirational. The audience loved him – not least because he gave little presents to everyone who asked a question at the end! With my hand eagerly raised, I failed to get a turn in the sea of keen fashionistas, but it didn’t take away from the man and his thoughts and ideas. Continue Reading →
“Ahtisaari is the only man I know who has made peace on three continents.” Kofi Annan
Martti Ahtisaari is a hero of mine. As the President of Finland (1994-2000) he entered us into the EU and helped our country fight severe economic depression, but the majority of his career has been spent working for the foreign office and the UN making him a highly respected peace negotiator and a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. Choosing not to put himself forward for a second term in office, after his presidency Ahtisaari set up Crisis Management Initiative (CMI), an independent non-profit organisation based in Finland that “works to resolve conflict and to build sustainable peace.” During his astonishing career Ahtisaari has negotiated peace from Namibia and Kosovo to most recently Indonesia. Part of the group ‘The Elders’ with Nelson Mandela, Kofi Annan, Jimmy Carter and Desmond Tutu, and a champion of women’s involvement in peace talks, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008 “for his important efforts, on several continents and over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts.”
On Friday the 4th of May as a guest of the Scandinavian Society, he spoke at my old college at the University of Oxford. I was lucky enough to get to talk to him and shake his hand. Continue Reading →
Last supper of career criminal Robert Alton Harris in 1992 and the irony of “Smoking kills”, photographed by Helen Thompson.
Helen Thompson’s photographs, and other images from the Sony World Photography Awards, are at the Embankment Galleries, Somerset House, London WC2 until 20 May.
Some interesting things from the past few weeks.. Continue Reading →
In Friday’s Fresh Meat this week..
Laptops are the UK’s favourite piece of technology passing the long time favourite – the TV. “Consumers in the UK now prefer laptops to television when ranking their “favourite piece of technology”, the first time TV has not held the lead in this area. Deloitte, the consultancy, polled 2,276 people, 28% of which gave laptops primary status, ahead of TV’s 22%. Desktop PCs hit 19%, beating the 10% logged by smartphones.” Continue Reading →