Formula 1: 2014 Season Preview

Originally published at First Vehicle Leasing Blog on 3 February 2014

F1 Jerez

Photo credit: Leo Hidalgo

Initial testing took place at Jerez last week as part of the new Formula 1 racing season, which is causing a flurry of interest as a radically different set of technical rules apply.

It’s already clear that the new 1.6 litre turbo engines are proving difficult to bed in, with their complex energy recovery systems providing a few teams with significant issues in terms of reliability.

Here, we summarise the new rules, describe the new team line-ups, add a little of analysis and opinion as to their chances this year, and provide the official F1 team web sites, twitter accounts and driver accounts to allow you to follow developments for what promises to be a very exciting and unpredictable year…

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Trends and Technology: Ten things tablets mean for your marketing…

Originally published at B2BMarketing.net 22 October 2012

It’s sometimes hard to believe that Apple’s iPad was only released in April 2010. But the impact since then that iPad, and other tablets have had on mobile computing, and the way content and marketing messages work has been profound. IDC, the International Data Corporation, revised its forecast for 2013 upwards to 142.8 million units worldwide. And if, as expected, Apple launches a sub-$300, 7-inch product into the market tomorrow, tablets are going to be even more important.

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Retarded thinking on social media

Originally published at B2BMarketing.net 25 September 2012

This morning, for some reason, my email was not working quite right. I had 4 messages in my inbox – and that was just too few, and none were dated today. A quick reload of my browser (I use Google Apps) and all was normal again – nearer to 20 messages.

And amongst those messages I saw it… that email, entitled “Energysys Production Allocation and Corporate Social Media”…

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Grown men wept

Originally published 22 August 2012 at EdinburghFestival.org


PIAF – 22-25 August, 8pm, The Famous Spiegeltent

It’s not often you see something happen during a performance that turns it from being the merely spectacular into the unforgettable, but Tuesday night’s audience at the Spiegeltent in George Street for PIAF witnessed something quite extraordinary.

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Why Google Plus is positive for every business

Google Plus (yet another social network) has recently expanded to allow businesses to add their own ‘pages’. So far, so much like Facebook. The results from adding content to such pages are now starting to appear in Google’s search results. This makes it sensible to pay attention to the issue for maintaining or extending your visibility online, but nothing too revolutionary.

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Finding the time to get lost in Venice

I recently had the pleasure of being in Italy for a week with my family, visiting Bologna, Ferrara, Verona, Padua and Venice. We had a great time. [7 Days]

Last night, the family decided to watch a film that included Venice in its storyline – Only You. Made in 1994, and starring Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr., this is a beautiful film about destiny and finding your soul-mate. [140 Mins]

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How can it be 2010 when I just saw Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor live in Edinburgh?

Originally published: 7 August 2010 at EdinburghFestival.org

Forgetting for a moment the stage presence, timing, and charisma of two faces we’re more used to seeing on Television, in Michael Urie [Twitter] (‘Ugly Betty’) and George Wendt [Twitter] (Norm in ‘Cheers’), the real revelation in this performance is when the ensemble gather on stage and lead off with comically mismatched accounts of the same events from the autobiographies of Debbie Reynolds and Liz Taylor.

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