Author: Sean Maddison

Language is changing?

What do you make of the sentence above? If we rearrange the order of the words it reads as a grammatical question “Is language changing?” But how about if we read it out loud – is it a question or a statement?

In October 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev met Ronald Reagan to

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The silly season

As summer approaches, newspapers become short staffed and, hopefully, the news cycle slows down as what used to be known as the ‘silly season’ begins.

This is the time of the year in which media outlets, in a desperate attempt to fill their columns or websites, re-cycle obscure stories to the

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Have you checked the Contract?

In the west we are understandably proud of our democratic tradition which, by and large and with several reservations, allows us to be governed by consent. 

But as Lord Paddy Ashdown, previous leader of the Liberal democrats and UN High Representative in Bosnia points out, before democracy, a country needs

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Is it worth the risk?

When Harry Selfridge came to London on holiday in 1906, he had already made a fortune and retired. But he saw a gap in the market in Britain – where shopping remained a chore – and was determined to open a store in which buying was a pleasure.

Spending money is

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Politics, Business and the OODA loop

Warfare in the contemporary environment is all about generating tempo. Your enemy may be able to match you with their numbers and weapons; in what is described as peer-to-peer battle space, or perhaps more likely, they seek to use irregular warfare to exploit your weaknesses using so-called asymmetric warfare.

Whatever the

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Robot Wars

We hear a lot about the advances in robotic technology and the growth of artificial intelligence and one of its most common, and controversial uses, is through Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) also known as Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) or simply as drones.

Military forces like to use UAVs in environments

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Steel, reason and human behaviour – Part Two

This is the second in a short three-part series that looks at some of the bigger issues surrounding the problems facing Tata Steel, and will consider how reason, or rationality has played its part in the troubles of British steel.  Read the first instalment here.

Rationality is often considered a positive

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Steel, reason and human behaviour

This is the first in a short, three part series of blogs that looks at some of the wider implications of the recent crisis facing the British steel industry precipitated by the decision of Tata steel to pull out of the loss-making business. The problems of the UK steel industry

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What’s in a name?

The 400th Anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare is being celebrated this year in the United Kingdom and around the world. Although he died four centuries ago, the language of Shakespeare through his quotes, words and plays endure in English and many translations today.  One of my favourites is Juliet’s

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