Control

The tragic fire in the Grenfell Tower in London in June highlights the question: “who is really in charge of our industry?” I struggle to...

Myths and legends

We can sometimes fail to recall exactly what happened in the past and why it happened. For example, I couldn’t remember what triggered the...

Alternate facts

The Donald Trump bid for the USA presidency introduced us to a new reality, and a new way of speaking known as “alternate facts”. Essentially,...

The future is now

Think back 25 years to 1992 — before medical science took over this was considered half a lifetime. Now answer honestly, how much progress has...

A better way

Nearly every week there is yet another report on substandard building materials, or shonky workmanship on construction projects. This raises the question as to who...

Get Set

Fact: The word with most entries in the Oxford Dictionary is “set” — a word able to be used as a noun, adjective or...

Inspiration

  Inspiration comes easily to some, but for most of us there’s a touch of panic and a lot of hard work when initially confronted...

Safe danger

  Architect Philip Johnson introduced the principle of “safe danger” into his designs. He would design steps fostering a sense of imbalance or unease. He would...

False memory

  We are aware that memories fade as time goes by. And recent research has shown that a more significant issue is that people, particularly in...

Connections

I recently read the biography of Steve Wozniak — titled somewhat coyly iWoz. A self-proclaimed genius — he was quick to tell us that his...