Knowledge is Power: The Tilly Smith Story

The seawater on Maikhao beach was beginning to froth. Like a fresh pint of beer, the bubbles in the ocean formed a white, cream-like foam on the top of the surface. Tilly Smith was ten years old at the time. She was on a Christmas holiday with her parents – for once, Christmas day wasContinue reading “Knowledge is Power: The Tilly Smith Story”

The Man Who Saved the World

Stanislav Petrov was a Russian military officer whose career parallelled with the peak of the Cold War. There was major beef unfolding between the USSR and the United States – both sides were involved in a perpetual dick-measuring contest to see who was the true dominant force in the world. By 1983, things were gettingContinue reading “The Man Who Saved the World”

”Follow Your Passion” is Terrible Advice

I was stood on stage at graduation last summer and a man dressed in a gown and mortarboard looked at me square in the eye. ”You’ve done the hard work, now it’s time you follow your passion”. I nodded, thanked him, and pretended I knew what that was. You see, I had heard the phraseContinue reading “”Follow Your Passion” is Terrible Advice”

One Year of Blogging: 5 Lessons I’ve Learned

Today marks one year since my first ever blog post – I Have No Idea What I’m Doing (And I’m Alright With It) (which you can read here) Since then, I feel my blogging output has seen many ups and downs, peaks and valleys, troughs and….you get the idea. It’s been good at times, andContinue reading “One Year of Blogging: 5 Lessons I’ve Learned”

Carlos Kaiser: Football Fraud

When thinking of the many geniuses in football who have graced us with their presence over the years, I bet the following names come to mind: Diego Maradona Pelé Lionel Messi Ronaldo (the Brazilian) Ronaldinho Alfredo Di Stefano George Best Cristiano Ronaldo You could make a case for any of these players being the greatestContinue reading “Carlos Kaiser: Football Fraud”

Why Are We So Obsessed With: Nostalgia?

There’s a certain effect that nostalgia has on the human being. It’s a warm, familiar, safe glow.  It’s an old Nintendo game you haven’t dug out in 20 years. It’s an album you played to death in college.  It’s a perfume or aftershave worn by someone, somewhere. We’ve all got nostalgic triggers embedded deep inContinue reading “Why Are We So Obsessed With: Nostalgia?”

Terror in the Skies: Federal Express Flight 705

April 7, 1994 The FedEx base in Memphis, Tennesee is preparing for another unspectacular day of business. Flight 705, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10, is preparing to make the six-hour flight bound for San Jose, California. The aircraft is full of electrical equipment that would be distributed to the companies of the burgeoning Silicon Valley. AtContinue reading “Terror in the Skies: Federal Express Flight 705”

The Myth of ‘Completeness’

In 1988, a man named William ”Bud” Post III won the Pennsylvania Lottery jackpot. He was awarded a sum of $16.2million (over $35 million today) to the envy of pretty much everybody in the country, and probably the whole Western world altogether. William was, of course, delighted with this win. His mother had passed awayContinue reading “The Myth of ‘Completeness’”

Why Are We so Resistant to Change?

There’s a memorial in the Soho part of London that I don’t think gets enough love. Maybe that’s because it isn’t particularly flashy, grandiose, or even that interesting to look at. It isn’t a great statue, mural, tower or building. Even the location of it isn’t that interesting – as it sits opposite one ofContinue reading “Why Are We so Resistant to Change?”