Monthly Archives: September 2010

What's Your Favorite City Song?

What is the world’s number 1 song about a city? The Clash and London Calling? Freddie Mercury’s Barcelona? Frank Sinatra and New York New York? Tell us. The fact is a great song can make a place or destination famous. Music has the most powerful branding trigger of all – emotion. Music and songs can really help put a place on the map and greatly influence awareness and perception of the place. So what is your #1 city song? Take our poll.!/pages/Favorite-City-Song/144941212214942?ref=ts Sale Windows 7 Ultimate Cheap Windows 7 Ultimate Sale Windows 7 Ultimate Buy Windows 7 Ultimate Buy Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection Cheap Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection Order Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus Sale Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus Order Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus

iPhone. iPod. iPad. iFailed (sort of)

OK, I have to start by coming clean. Six o clock Friday evening arrived, the start of my ‘black’ non technology day and I duly started switching off all of my various bits of tech, when my iPhone started ringing. The number recognition technology (see it’s really useful stuff) showed the name of a business colleague, ringing at precisely 6pm. Was it a test? Should I ignore it? Instinct took over and I answered. Two hours later and I was still working on my iMac, helping deliver some information for the person in question. So my black day actually started at 8pm and became a black 22 hours, but I reckon good enough for a first attempt. In those 22 hours I’ve actually had some interesting moments. Such as a debate with my 8 year old son, Jools, over whether we should play new Monopoly, with electronic credit cards and no real cash or classic Monopoly, my set from 30 years ago with good old fashioned honest to goodness fake money! (we went for the old fashioned game in the end). I realised that I had to make an important call Friday night, and we started looking for a phone box in Stockholm. Forget it. We looked for ever – there are none or at least none we could find. I guess in a country where there are more mobile phones than people it’s to be expected. Added to all this I have been cut off from BBC Radio Four for 22 hours of my life, which really is a major deprevation. But the very worse thing is when you have a question. One of those not terribly important but niggling little questions such as which city was the original game of Monopoly based on (I knew the answer – Atlantic City NJ, but frustratingly couldn’t prove it to Anne and Jools). With the internet everything can be answered. I love it. What I also realised was how utterly habit forming technology can be. We decided to go for a walk and I put my jacket on and Jools asked me what I had in my pocket. Nothing I replied. He shook his head and dipped his hand into my pocket to pull out my iPhone which I had taken with me through force of habit as I was about to leave. I think I have a serious case. Anyway I’ve spent my 22 hours of ‘blackness’ happily enough, playing a bit of football, reading a book about the Mitford girls and attempting to fix the broken toilet in our Stockholm week-end apartment – and failing. Luckily a friend popped in and recorded some of it with a few pics. I’ll post them on Facebook. img_0774.JPG So we’ve decided to do this once a week (and for a full 24 hours) and once a month go the whole hog and do without electric lights, cars or any electrical consuming technology – which puts us back about 120 years or so. Now if I could just convince a few million other people to do the same I’ll have done my little bit for the planet I guess. I might even help put the population in a few western countries up – if you get my drift. A very satisfying thought indeed. Switch off to turn on…so to speak. Buy Windows 7 Ultimate Discount Buy Windows 7 Ultimate Order Windows 7 Ultimate Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection Buy Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection Discount Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus Discount Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus Sale Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus

What Colour Technology?

Mid-August to mid-September is white. At least it is for me. One of the few Swedish habits I’ve adopted in my time since moving here is having what the Swedes call a white month. Basically that means you give up alcohol for a month, which I must admit isn’t too much of a hardship as I only tend to have a couple of glasses of wine at week-ends and that’s about it. But it seems like a good idea and so I have three white months a year. Now this leaves a few of my friends, mostly Brits, mildly horrified as they think Sweden is starting to do strange things to my head. They reckon it’s the effect of eating too much pickled herring. I was on the phone last week to one of my good Swedish friends and told him of my month off drink and he ended the conversation by saying ‘I’ll see you when you can drink again.’ Great support. Anyway last night after dinner and over a glass of carrot juice (yum!) a new idea was proposed along the same lines as a white month. We were watching a movie on iTunes (Ferris Buellers Day Off, which actually disproves some people’s theory that mid-westerners don’t have a sense of humour – John Hughes was from Michigan and a genius) and my dear wife Anne started off down a path that she had been exploring for a while. Technology. Her thought was that maybe, just maybe, I’m a technology junkie. What me?! Admittedly I was sat there browsing on an iPad and answering the odd text message as we watched the movie, but doesn’t everyone? Anyway my wife (who also happens to come from the flyover zone herself and has a pretty fair sense of humour) pressed on. And she had facts to support her argument. She pointed out we listen to all our music via iTunes on the iMac we have on the kitchen bar. Macs on bar Well actually one of the two iMacs we have on the kitchen bar (I feel we need two – for multitasking) and we have three additional work computers. We don’t really watch TV anymore as we access all our media via our macs, listen to BBC Radio over the internet, have iTunes for TV and movies, Spotify for additional music and use social media as our connection to keep in touch with distant friends etc. Um, just maybe she has a point. So then came the moment. The big proposal. She paused as she took a sip of her chilled sauvignon blanc (she’s not on a white month). Why not have a day a week when we don’t interact with any technology what-so-ever. Twenty four hours of zero technology. She’s serious as well. Anyway, it’s now Sunday afternoon and after considering it I think she has a point. A technology free day could be a good idea. Not easy, but good. It’ll be a bit like my non-drinking white month – except far more difficult. But the question is if I have a white month for non drinking what colour should a technology free day be? Green? Black? Blue? I’m leaning towards black, as in black hole. Anyway, I’ve decided I’m going to do it. I’ll text Anne right now and say Saturdays, starting next week. However I might just need to take up drinking again to get through the day. So any other ideas on the colour a technology free day should be, please let me know. Text me or post it on my Facebook or Linked-In pages. But just don’t do it on a Saturday. (P.S. I’ve set up a page on Facebook for like minded souls. Order Windows 7 Ultimate Cheap Windows 7 Ultimate Cheap Windows 7 Ultimate Windows 7 Ultimate Buy Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection Order Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection Buy Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus Cheap Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus Cheap Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus