Originally appeared on The Economist’s Prospero blog, 20 June 2012
ELIZABETHAN theatre remains a somewhat elusive world to scholars. Limited records have left wide gaps in our knowledge. So the recent discovery of the remains of a theatre in Shoreditch, east London, is a big deal.
Originally appeared on Tumblr’s Storyboard blog, 16 October 2012
Three years ago, graphic designer Robin Stam was at his favorite pizzeria in Rotterdam, waiting to pay after finishing his meal. Fingering the euro bank notes in his wallet, Stam focused on the depictions of bridges on the reverse side of the money.
Originally appeared on The Economist’s Game Theory blog, 2 August 2012
THE Olympics are supposed to offer spectators the world’s greatest athletes giving their best efforts in all 26 sports. The fans at a farcical women’s doubles badminton match between pairs from China and South Korea on July 31st were treated to substantially less.
Originally appeared on The Economist’s Schumpeter blog, 6 July 2012
DRIVING is expensive. The average Briton spends £1,200 ($1,800) on learning how to drive—before even considering buying a car, getting it insured, filling it with petrol and purchasing the all important pink fluffy dice to hang from the rear view mirror.
Originally appeared on The Economist’s Schumpeter blog, 28 May 2012
STOCK up on sympathy cards: Britain’s high street is mourning another loss. In a downsizing that began last week, Clinton Cards, a seller of greeting cards, is to close 350 shops and cut 2,800 jobs, about half of the total workforce.
Originally appeared on Tumblr’s Storyboard blog, 2 October 2012
“It’s time to talk about it,” is 20-year old Grace Brown’s message.
Originally appeared on The Economist’s Game Theory blog, 18 April 2012
SET to meet Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon on April 19th in the semi-finals of the Europa League, a tournament for top-flight European football clubs, Spain’s Athletic Bilbao has quickly become the bookmakers’ favourite to win the entire competition.
Appeared in 21 April print edition of The Economist. Originally appeared on The Economist’s Schumpeter blog, 5 April 2012
BRITONS love their takeaways. A £4.8 billion ($7.6 billion) industry has sprung up around the dietary needs of late night revellers and working families looking for a treat at the end of the week.
Originally appeared on The Economist’s Johnson blog, 3 April 2012
TRAINS are a great place to meet people. Close proximity to a complete stranger for a finite period of time expands the horizons. Thus your correspondent found himself on the 17.02 train from Newcastle to York, iPad on lap, tapping out a post for Johnson last weekend.