Rab McNeil's Week: Oh, IT: such a blessing and a curse. Worse still, it’s prone to both cock-ups and conspiracies. British Airways fell victim to the former, or at least to a power surge, which knocked out its computer system, causing the cancellation of flights, chaos at airports, and angst among the unwillingly grounded. The real cock-up came in communication, with punters complaining in subsequent days about a lack of information, which is as good a definition of Information Technology as … [Read more...] about Head of Panicking wanted as power corrupts
Copy Clinic - how to improve your communications: Following many difficult months at the World Bank, staff working for its chief economist Paul Romer have been relieved of his dedication to cleansing its language. He recently left his managerial role at the bank’s main research body, the Development Economics Group, ostensibly to allow him more time to focus on research. The move took place amid reports of a high-handed, somewhat rigid managerial style, demonstrated most clearly by a … [Read more...] about And this is why you can bend the rules of writing
Rab McNeil's Week: As someone shortly about to look after friends’ hens for a fortnight, I have taken of late an unaccustomed interest in eggs. However, my new egg-harvesting career might have a short shelf-life as robots begin to play an increasing role in the business. That’s certainly the case on one 2,000-acre farm in Strichen, Aberdeenshire, from where Farmlay Eggs supplies the controversial ovoid comestibles to heap-big supermarkets such as Morrison, Aldi, Lidl and Tesco. Farmlay … [Read more...] about Robotic egg collectors? Or just bananas?
Copy Clinic: Last weekend, I had the enormous pleasure of visiting Denmark’s great capital, Copenhagen. Though I’d passed through 10 or so years ago on a stag party – surely, in their complete indifference to anything approaching local culture, the sybaritic equivalent of a business trip – this trip felt more like the real deal. The impeccably stylish design! The peerless hospitality! The flawless, ubiquitous and practically accent-free English! But hang on a second. Wasn’t Jean-Claude … [Read more...] about Is English really losing its importance in Europe?