I’m so glad I didn’t die…

‘I’m so glad I didn’t die on the various occasions I have earnestly wished I might, for I would have missed a lot of lovely weather.’ Elizabeth von Arnim, in a letter. [#quoteFriday] Born Mary Annette Beauchamp in Sydney, Australia on 31 August 1866, the prolific and, in her day, hugely successful author ‘Elizabeth’ von […]

AI in the fight against disease

The unprecedented modelling capacity of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is opening up new possibilities for understanding the way diseases develop, and finding more effective ways to fight disease. This short video of the presentation by Abigail Hing Wen at the AI O’Reilly conference in Beijing 2019 provides a fascinating glimpse into how AI, in the form […]

Who do you want your customers to become?

Interesting thinking on innovation and customer focus in this post at Harvard Business Review – Smart companies increasingly recognize that their own futures depend on how ingeniously they invest in the future capabilities of their customers. and transforming your innovation mindset: Shift the focus from extracting value from customers to making customers more valuable. Simply […]

Albanian Letters by Arthur Evans

  Design for Albanian Letters, a compilation of letters and reports on Albania in the 1870s by archaeologist and journalist Sir Arthur Evans, the latest book from the Centre for Albanian Studies now in print. From the blurb: In Albanian Letters Evans not only explores the implications of the key political events of this period […]

Picasso Ceramics at Sotheby’s

By chance on Bond Street because I needed to take a photo of the Atkinsons building for my nearly finished book on Mrs Dalloway and caught the last day of the exhibition of ceramics by Picasso at Sotheby’s. The extraordinary vigour and certainty of his line, his playfulness and use of colour never fail to enthral. And always […]

Irving Penn – Flowers

Very glad to have caught the Irving Penn Flowers exhibition at Hamiltons Gallery yesterday. This is, apparently, the first time all the pictures in Penn’s flower series have been shown together and it makes for a brilliant exhibition. The fabulously rich colours blaze off the walls of the gallery space, each flower revealed in exquisite detail against a plain white backdrop. […]