Raves, rants and reviews
Raves, Rants, Reviews

The year of standoffs – 2016

05/01/2016. Category: Raves & Rants. Topic: , , , , .

2015 paved the way for a year of standoffs in 2016. There just might be a showdown in the patent wars between Apple and Samsung and Microsoft and Kyocera. The EU might draw the final line in the privacy battle with Google and Facebook.

Countries are fighting Big Pharma while the pharmaceutical companies are, at the same time, battling each other over patents. Read more…

The only constant

03/11/2010. Category: People. Topic: , .

“The only constant is change.” Thankfully. And no more so than in American elections, known for its wide swings between the left and right. It is, of course, a common trend in almost any two-party system.

When Greek philosopher Heraclitus wrote – at around 500 BC – that famous line about change he could not have had the 2010 US Mid Term elections in mind but explaining change as “cold things warm up, hot things cool down” certainly sums up political moods. You are guaranteed to hear “We’ve come to take our government back!” every two years. And that would have pleased Thomas Jefferson, who insisted that “Every generation needs a new revolution.” A revolution every two years should be even better, one presumes.

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Live TV debate UK politics

22/04/2010. Category: People. Topic: , .

The second live television debate by the leaders of three leading UK political parties turned out even more interesting than most US presidential TV debates. The UK debate format is more free in flow, thus appears less rehearsed and with less closing theatrics.

In the first debate (April 15), Nick Clegg of the Liberal Democratic Party beat the pants off David Cameron (Conservative Party) and Prime Minister Gordon Brown (Labour Party) by a country mile. The second debate (April 22) was a closer call, with initial newspaper polls giving Clegg the thumbs up but putting Brown strong on detail. The independent YouGov poll declared Cameron the winner, much to media’s surprise, as I could tell from their live blogging.

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Finally earth is hotting up

18/04/2010. Category: Wheels. Topic: , , .

After a rather coolish season, earth is finally hotting up again. Nothing to do with the temperature. We’re talking about exciting human happenings. And therefor lots of names.

> Great American Le Mans Series racing: Patrón Highcroft Racing team David Brabham and Simon Pagenaud pipped the Aston Martin Racing team Harold Primat and Adrian Fernandez to the post by a breathtaking 0.353 seconds at Long Beach in a race that was run at a hot pace throughout.

> Spectacular Formula One racing: Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso, Nico Rossberg – frankly, all the drivers in the F1 circus performed well in the wet but wonderful Chinese Grand Prix. Read more…