2016 was a momentous year. A watershed. History may look back on it as the point where we all woke up to the power of social media as propaganda, or the point where the role of good journalism in digging out important stories, establishing the truth and educating the world to that truth became irrelevant. … Continue reading Fake News & Little Fictions
Walking down Stradun, the main street of Dubrovnik, it's easy to picture it as a pirate haven with rum-soaked marauders staggering from the many alleys supported by exotic wenches out to part the buccaneers from their doubloons and pieces of eight. The image owes much to the climate and the pale stone of all the … Continue reading Pirating History
In the last year I've delivered a lot of training on the subject of the forces that drive change and how organisations respond to those forces. One of the examples that seemed to emerge regularly from those discussions was the way in which the UK has become more of a "foodie" nation. We talked about … Continue reading Glorious Food?
One of the attractions of Dubrovnik (and doubtless one that I'll return to) is the opportunity to ascend the muscular defensive walls that encircle the city and walk the perimeter of the medieval settlement. Once you complete the climb you're presented with a new perspective of the old town, one where you can pick out … Continue reading War
During the Rio Olympics I was in a Croatian bar with the ubiquitous TV showing live sport, though as the games were in progress it wasn't showing football. The event in question was sailing, and though I understood neither the captions nor the commentary, all I could see was the GB had a competitor vying … Continue reading Maritime Powers
One of the tasks facing any newly independent nation, and one that the Croatian Government had to address in the early 1990s, is what to do about money. I'm not referring to the economy, although that should be a higher priority, and based upon the competing claims made in both the Scottish Independence Referendum and … Continue reading Crowns, Trees and Animal Skins
One of the things about living in the UK is that its relatively easy to map out what Winston Churchill described as A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, the Celts who populated these islands were joined by the cosmopolitan militia and auxiliaries of the Roman Empire, who were in turn pushed aside by migrating Angles and Saxons, interfered … Continue reading Out of Obscurity