Airships are back – and their popularity is about to soar

AirlanderThe Airlander 10, part plane, part airship, flies for the first time (kind of)  at Cardington airfield in Bedfordshire

Check out my recent double spread in the i newspaper with additional content below or the original here. It appeared the day before the first flight.

If you want the now well-known story of the Airlander, look up my piece for The  Independent here or The Economist here.

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Big and Small, Old and New: Oxford University Press and Its Israeli Startups

Tel AvuvAt the Maariv intersection in downtown Tel Aviv.

‘The world of publishing has evolved one small step and then stopped,’ says a digital entrepreneur, one of three whose Israeli startup is collaborating with the venerable Oxford University Press.

Just catching up from my holidays…read this piece I wrote for Publishing Perspectives back in July in full below or by following this link

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Croydon is ambitious, beautiful and underestimated

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“Croydon is an ambitious town and they demonstrate it in a concrete way.”

Back from holiday and back posting…

It was great that my editor at the i newspaper remembered my Croydon connection and asked me to cover the National Trust’s Croydon Edge City walking tours of Croydon.

Check out my take on them below in full or the original here.

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Going for a test drive in the smart car revolution

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Geni, a fully autonomous electric pod, and its team of Oxford engineers

A company started by Oxford academics is a driving force behind autonomous vehicle technology. Mark Piesing was invited along for a ride in their new self-driving vehicle.

Read my first piece for the i newspaper and double page colour spread in full below or the original here.

It was great to be invited to cover the launch of the Geni along with the BBC, The Economist and MIT Tech Review.
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That Long, Rocky Road: Why Is Dystopian Fiction Evergreen?

 

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We’ve been waiting for another type of book for the last two years,’ says one editor in Paris. So far, though, it’s a dystopian fiction double-down. To some in Europe, ‘This is another wave of Americanization.’

Read my hit – and controversial – piece on the future of Dystopian fiction for Publishing Perspectives in full below or the original here.

You can read an earlier piece of mine for Wired.co.uk on the impact of dystopian fiction on innovation here.

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Curation in the age of super-abundance: is it a cure or a culprit?

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‘For publishers,’ says author and publisher Michael Baskhar, curation is ‘about the value of what we do in a world where there is, frankly, far too much to read.’

Check out my latest hit piece for  Publishing Perspectives in full below or by following this link to the original.

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