“Europa” by Holly Johnson – Frankie’s Third Album?

Continuing with my recent music review posts, this time I am covering “Europa” by Holly Johnson. As I mentioned in my post about influential albums… Europa – Holly Johnson. Great return to form from Holly Johnson. Extra bonus of having a signed copy. The concert in 2014 was amazing too. Some brilliant songs and lyrics….

Shin’ichi Iida (1967-2021)

Last week I got the very sad news that Shin’ichi Iida (飯田慎一) had passed away. I had first got to meet Iida-san when he was based at the Japanese Embassy in London. What always impressed me most about him was how enthusiastic he was about everything. I have also also not come across someone at…

Book Review: “The World Set Free” by HG Wells

As I have written about before (and will be a part of a new book that I am working on, as well as in my next novel), one of my interests relates to the imagery of ‘the mushroom cloud‘, atomic weapons, including issues relating to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as the…

“FOUR” and its Swedish Links

In my third novel, FOUR, there are some Swedish links – this post says a bit more about this. If you look through the chapter listing you will see that one of the chapter titles is ‘Jag Älskar’. This, strictly speaking means ‘I love’ and is the title of a track on Bag of Trix…

Short Course covering Culture, Stereotypes, Management and Brexit

In July 2019 I had the opportunity to do a special short course of 8 lectures at the Ariake Campus of Musashino University. The lectures covered ‘Cross-Cultural Misunderstandings and Clichés’, ‘Symbols and Marketing Trains and Planes’, ‘Education and Cross-Cultural Management’, ‘Managing a Transport Company’, ‘Nationalism and Internationalism in Management’, ‘Managing the Challenges of Depopulation’, ‘Disaster…