Our addiction to cars

Tom Standage take us through the beginning around 3000 BC with the wheel and moving through the era of horsepower, trains, bicycles, and the rise of the car – and the future of urban transport – into a broader historical context. Our society has been shaped by the car in innumerable ways , many of…

Sweaty Betty sold  to a US firm for £300m

Sportswear brand Sweaty Betty founded in 1998, from London’s Notting Hill Gate  which expanded rapidly on the back of the popularity of so-called athleisure fashion, favourites of Jennifer Anniston and Halle Berry, had been bought by US-based Wolverine Worldwide  best known for selling footwear for £294.4m. Brendan Hoffman, President of Wolverine Worldwide, said “Sweaty Betty…

Stimulating high life of Opium, Caffeine and Mescaline

StHumans rely on plants to change consciousness to stimulate calm, or completely after the qualities of our mental experience. Michael Pollen explores three very different drugs – Opium, caffeine and mescaline and throws the fundamental strangeness of our thinking about them into sharp relief, exploring and participating in the cultures that have grown up around…

Last Flight to freedom

Part Lebanese, part Brazilian citizen Carlos Ghosn, made the escape of his life at 10:30pm on a cold December night in 2019, by slipping unnoticed through the streets of Tokyo, with the help of a large music equipment box to smuggled him out of Japan and the elation he felt when he landed in his…

Dating Revolution: The world has never been more connected, or more alone

Funny memoir about sex, dating, and relationships in the digital age, intertwined with investigation into the challenges to love and intimacy wrought by dating apps by 49-yar-old famed Vanity Fair writer and New York Times-bestselling author Nancy Jo Sales asks who to blame for the modern dating malaise:tech companies. Jo Sales award-winning journalist and single…

Kitchen-table entrepreneurial venture

In the Twentieth century the Avon Lady acquired iconic status in American culture, in the1890s David  McConnell, a young travelling book salesman working door-to-door in the eastern US tried out a new method of direct sales. After branching out into perfumes, began recruiting women to market  the products in their own communities  and cultivate a…

Tesla market value

In June 2010, while Ford Motors had a valuation of  $38 billion compared to Tesla’s $1.3 billion. But 2020 swa fords  valuation down to $28 billion while Tesla’s valuation  shot up to $256 billion. Tesla  ranks sixth among companies on the U.S. stock market and is now worth almost eight times GM and nearly 13…