Raves, rants and reviews
Raves, Rants, Reviews

Leaner, Meaner 2014

01/01/2014. Category: Raves & Rants. Topic: .

All gone! 2013 is gone and dusted. Came and went in a flash, didn’t it? Or, sadly, in a bang in many places as wars in Africa and the Middle East escalated and suicide bombers continued to kill innocent people. Oh, how we wish that would end!

As predicted, 2013 was a big, big year. There were big bailouts but there also were some big positive moments: the new BMW R1200GS, KTM 1190, new line of Harley Davidsons, the new Indians, new iPhone, iPad Air, new Samsung Galaxy products, etc. 2014 will see even more new bikes, cars and gadgets – and they promise to be leaner and meaner.  Read more…

Big big 2013

08/01/2013. Category: Raves & Rants. Topic: , , .

KTM 1190 Adventure R

2013 could be a big year. Big budgets, big bailouts, big wars, big people and big beauties. Even the tablets and the mobile phones are getting bigger. Toshiba has already launched the 13-inch Excite and Lenova has the massive 27-inch table tablet. Samsung has the big 5.3-inch Galaxy Note smartphone and Huawei has the 5.5-inch Ascend Mate.

Big budgets in the form of huge tax relief programs and deferred tax credits for banks and corporations made possible only by aggressive austerity measures. “Rob Peter to pay Paul.” 2013 will likely be a big bonus year for bankers.  Read more…

Looking back at 2012

28/12/2012. Category: Raves & Rants. Topic: .

Jennifer Aniston

The world did not end on the December, 21 2012 as the Mayan calendar predicted! To start with, that was a good end to the year.

2012 had many highs. To the delight of all animal lovers, “an international group of prominent scientists” had finally “discovered” what we all knew since childhood and declared that “humans are not unique in possessing the neurological substrates that generate consciousness.”  Read more…

Looking back at 2011

19/12/2011. Category: Raves & Rants. Topic: .

Looking back over the past few decades some years will stand out for the technological advances, others for perhaps war or politics or mishaps. 2011 was the year of people: the Arab Spring, the Occupy movement, the London riots, and remembering great personalities.

While the woes of the economic crash continues, with those bankers who caused it still waddling in what they gained from others’ pain, in 2011 citizens started fighting back, tackling the scoundrels in the streets, the media and the courts. Read more…

Good riddance to a bad decade

31/12/2009. Category: Raves & Rants. Topic: , .

The first decade of the third millennium will most likely not be remembered for nice gadgets such as the iPhone or Wii but for the global power shift from the West to the East, hastened by the recession caused by poor financial control by the governments of Europe and the United States.

It was the decade in which 95% of music downloads and most movies were pirated. A period in history with more sports and science scandals than any other. It was also the decade of the obese, with as many overweight people as there are underfed, about a billion each. 27% of food in the West ended up in garbage cans, enough to feed the hungry twice.  Read more…