This month’s (year’s) least favourite word is “Uncertainty.”

Every business blog coming out of that London seems to start “In these uncertain times” or “we need certainty”. Deborah Egan of Dragon fame rocked up on Sunday Brunch to let us know how uncertain she is. The girls on Take Me Out are certainly uncertain.


It has only taken 541 years, but eventually he had to go.

In the Great British tradition William was a multi-tasking renaissance man – Merchant, Diplomat, Writer, Printer and Retailer.

He is credited with being the most likely person to have introduced the Printing Press to England, in 1476, thereby starting the first information revolution. Whether he realised the impact it would have is anyones guess – but as he went on to be the earliest forerunner of Waterstones he obviously knew a good idea when he saw it.

“Have you noticed how nobody ever looks up?”  asked the Mary Poppins actress Julie Andrews. perhaps referring to how no one, but her filmic wards, watched her character arrive at the Banks family home.

“Nobody looks at chimneys, or trees against the sky, or the tops of buildings. Everybody just looks down at the pavement or their shoes. The whole world could pass them by and most people wouldn’t notice.”

Omega 3, that famous fatty acid that is known to cure everything from depression to bad hair days, is found in the darker piscine species – salmon, tuna, mackerel…. but white fish is also “good” for you – so long as it’s not full of Mercury.

What has that got to do with the price of design?

Well – stay with me here – I’m taking the scenic route.

There are a lot of jobs that this country needs filling.

In the first quarter of 2017 alone there were 750,000 job vacancies, a record of over 34 Million people in work, 27 Million of those in full time employment and the lowest unemployment figures we’ve had for 42 years.

Don’t worry, this isn’t a political rant.  I mention these official stats to make a point.