August 5, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Xylella Another virulent infection with no cure striking fear across the world: Xylella.  Has dessicated 23,000 hectares of olive groves in S. Italy.  Now in France, Germany & Spain.  R rate of 19.  Spread by insects & infected plant imports.  520 UK species at risk, especially  olive, coffee plants, lavender, grapevines, cherry, almond, oak.  Early…

August 3, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Myth Debunk the myth that Covid-19 will make people abandon cities.  Expect a short exodus to the countryside, then the city will lure the best back.  Past plagues prove 2 things: we have short memories & cities are tenacious.  2018: 55% of the world’s population lived in cities.  Expected to rise to 68% by 2050. …

July 31, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Inversion Covid-19 will drop real estate prices & halt the “Great Inversion”: darkened luxury towers, bought as investments by absentee owners, are monuments to a crisis of success.  Inflows of knowledge workers, big firms & the global super-rich into cities (unlike past outflows from urban decay), led to unaffordable housing, inequality & segregated communities.  Cheaper property…

July 30, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Armageddon Will Covid-19 armageddon leave deserted city centres?  NO.  The past points to the future: cities actually expanded after previous plagues.  Finance, media, entertainment & high-tech won’t move out, as clustering merchants, workers, customers, universities, banks & investors produces huge innovation & productivity advantages.  Cities will continue to be where the action is.  A serene…

July 27, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Guess the Word  and Contact Us for Prizes!  Series 62 starts soon….. 1st letter of each Post Title (in a Series) spells a business word – spelt correctly or jumbled up.  Previous answers: Series 61  spelt  D-I-N-E-X-J  (JINXED) Series 60  spelt  T-R-I-C-K-Y-A-D-S  (YARDSTICK) Series 59  spelt  H-E-Y-P   (HYPE) Series 58  spelt  B-I-O-M-E-Z   (ZOMBIE) Series 57 …

July 24, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Jitters Business owners & leaders have Covid-19 jitters.  But those who’ve made it this far have already shown they can manage both detail (cut costs, deal with suppliers, engage clients, forecast cashflow) AND big picture (think ahead, reorganise staff, pivot operations).  Finance & legal expertise helps firms lookout for whatever’s round the corner.  More than…

July 22, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Xenophobe The foreign & strange Covid-19 can turn us into xenophobes.  Trade suspended.  Borders closed.  Families locked inside homes with a red cross daubed on their doors.  Theatres & courts shut.  Sport stopped.  Streets empty.  Bubonic plague was deadlier than Covid-19, but mark the parallels between London 1665 and 2020!  Stranger danger, but life (and…

July 20, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Elegant Boeing 747: Beautiful, elegant “Queen of the Skies” launched Feb 1969.  The 1st jumbo jet.  Her classic design exudes sleek style, confidence, advanced technology & dolphin-nose friendliness.  Poetry in flight.  Flagship of the world’s airlines. Postage stamp famous.  Commercial flight icon.  Hollywood status.  Flown over 120bn km and 5.9bn passengers.  Now retiring from service. …

July 17, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Nose Spies have a nose to sniff out the most valuable asset, currently Covid-19 vaccine research.  The land grab now is for intellectual property.  State-backed hacking groups never really disappear.  If a known espionage group is no longer evident, it just means they’ve become harder to detect.  Guard the network perimeter, make users aware of…

July 16, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Inveigle Criminals always find new ways to inveigle victims. In the age of the virtual heist, we know who has lost, but it’s not clear who has gained.  If ransom Bitcoins are never moved or spent, they become more scarce & valuable.  But if the hackers sell their Bitcoins, it floods the market & high…