A thousand miles from home

Yesterday I was in a country three thousand miles from home. I first met Ravi here many weeks ago. Yesterday he and I conversed. Ravi is the man whose job it was to bring me tea, coffee and water in the office. Ravi is from Gujarat. He flew a thousand miles to bring me tea, …

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Poorly brewed

The Coca-Cola Company ("Coke" from here on in) is buying Costa Coffee ("Costa" ditto). I racked my brains this morning as to why. I thought to myself: "it can't just be because the Coke people have a lot of money and have decided to act like a private equity fund, can it?". Surely there must be …

Why do we accept the hierarchy of football clubs?

Another post on some on football-related questions. The first one can be found here. When Liverpool have a decent player, it seems inevitable that they will move to Real Madrid (Michael Owen, Steve McManaman and most regrettably Xabi Alonso),  Barcelona (Luis Suarez, Philipe Coutinho) or perhaps now Manchester City (Raheem Sterling). Why are some clubs …

I went to a museum

I went to the Louvre Abu Dhabi yesterday. Here are some thoughts I had. The story a museum tells is more important than the artefacts it displays. The most exciting thing about this museum wasn't the collection (interesting though it was), but how it weaved that collection into a narrative around the history of humanity. …