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Grassroots Tourism [Tuesday, February 9, 2016]

One of the things I love about being an academician of the Academy of Urbanism (AoU) is how it makes […]

A Bridge Too Far? [Friday, January 8, 2016]

Earlier this week border controls were introduced on the bridge which links Denmark and Sweden (made famous by the eponymous […]

Taglines & Slogans [Wednesday, December 9, 2015]

I was recently at a well-known exhibition for the conference and meetings industry in Barcelona. As ever, the range, breadth […]

Transported! [Monday, November 30, 2015]

A brilliant bit of extempore storytelling this morning by the Train Manager on my Virgin Pendolino from London to Manchester […]

Digital Dilemmas [Wednesday, November 4, 2015]

In the last couple of weeks I have been frequently reminded of how the rapidly evolving digital world is throwing up […]

War Stories [Saturday, October 24, 2015]

I’m just back from 4 days in Berlin, the first time I’ve visited this remarkable city. There are few places […]

Is venue envy driving conference centre design? [Wednesday, October 7, 2015]

Television cameras at the current crop of UK Political Party Conventions show thousands of politicians, delegates, exhibitors, lobbyists and media […]

You can do it with your eyes closed [Thursday, September 10, 2015]

Will you close your eyes for a minute?  And try describing your destination using all the senses, not just sight?  […]

Boomers: who do they think they are? [Tuesday, August 18, 2015]

“Age is just a number. And maths was never my thing”  says Helen Mirren in the latest L’Oreal ads (or […]

Travelling hopefully [Sunday, July 26, 2015]

I must have been about 7, maybe 8, but definitely still in short trousers when I first encountered Ian Allen. […]

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