Archive for February, 2009


Posted in Culture, Food, Inspirational People on 24/02/2009 by nicka77

This is absolutely my favourite restaurant in London – and possibly the world (not that I’ve been to that many great world-renowned restaurants) – it’s a fantastic dim sum concept, with a wide ranging menu, and has a unique collection of asian-infused cocktails. I love the ambience downstairs where the aquariam bar and a ‘twinkling’ starry-night ceiling reside.

Many people may disagree but I love it.

Alan Yau is the culinary genius behind Yauatcha, and he is also responsible for the exceptional busaba eathai (3 restaurants in London), Hakkasan (also exceptional but very expensive) and the ubiquitous Wagamama.








GPS Apps

Posted in Digital, Innovation, Technology on 24/02/2009 by nicka77

Couple of my favourite GPS apps for your smart phone.

Coming top is the iNap – an amazing idea for everyone (like me) who falls asleep on public transport – this app senses when you’re near home and sets off an alarm… brilliant – no more waking up in Wimbledon bus garage for me!!

Also great are the ‘Wiki’ apps, which push little titbits of interesting information about your environment as you’re driving, cycling or walking along, which has the handy side effect of making you seem much cleverer than you actually are!!

Loads more in this months Wired magazine.





A Short History Of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson

Posted in Books, Innovation, Inspirational People, The Truth Is Out There on 23/02/2009 by nicka77

This is the book I would choose if I could only have one book to read whilst stranded on a desert island (unlikely scenario but stranger things have happened).







It is absolutely packed full of amazing information, incredible anecdotes, wonderful stories about famous and lesser-known inventors and discoverers, and quite simply has more information in it than can possibly be absorbed in one read. I would recommend this book to anyone who has any interest in modern human society, and in how scientific endeavor has pushed our thinking forward.

Cities Waiting To Die

Posted in The Truth Is Out There on 23/02/2009 by nicka77

Although a slightly morbid topic, the existence of supposed ‘cities waiting to die’ is fascinating.

Highly populous areas such as Tokyo or San Francisco that have grown up over last few hundred years either next to a live super-volcano (like Yellowstone Park in California) or above shifting tectonic plates (such as Tokyo).

It is inevitable that major ‘belches’ from the earth at some point in the future will cause the destruction of these cities – the only questions are when these ‘belches’ will happen, and whether humans will still be around, or indeed whether some other cataclysmic catastrophe will have already done for us by then?

Slightly less final, but in the same area, is the increasingly likely rapid rising of sea levels. Given that pretty much every major city humans have developed has been built near the sea for reasons of commerce, we could see a major civilizational shift if our urban centres become deluged under the sea. The Lost City of Atlantis wasn’t a work of fiction; it was prescient.

Sony Ball’s

Posted in Advertising, Brand, Marketing on 23/02/2009 by nicka77

Great spot from Fallon – truly memorable.

Naomi Klein

Posted in Books, Inspirational People, The Truth Is Out There on 13/02/2009 by nicka77

Brilliant journalist who packs a serious punch – no holds barred as she takes a swipe at the society that has evolved around us.

I read “No Logo” many years ago – and as a guy who works in advertising/marketing it was eye opening and insightful and fascinating – I’d recommend that everyone reads it.

But her latest book – “The Shock Doctrine” – is literally a must read for every single person on the planet – an incredible and startling analysis of how the globalized economy has evolved – how Friedman’s ‘pure’ laissez-faire ideology has spread across the globe, and how crises have been manipulated to impose political will – often against the wishes of the people.

I simply can’t do it justice with a short precis – brilliantly researched, wonderfully written and incredibly powerful – a journey through modern history and a damning indictment of the recently defunct Bush administration.

whether you agree with her or not – this book should be read.

From Naomi’s website:

“The only book of the last few years in American publishing that I would describe as a mandatory must-read. Literally the only one.”
Rachel Maddow

Around the world in Britain, the United States, Asia and the Middle East, there are people with power who are cashing in on chaos; exploiting bloodshed and catastrophe to brutally remake our world in their image. They are the shock doctors. Thrilling and revelatory, The Shock Doctrine cracks open the secret history of our era. Exposing these global profiteers, Naomi Klein discovered information and connections that shocked even her about how comprehensively the shock doctors’ beliefs now dominate our world – and how this domination has been achieved. Raking in billions out of the tsunami, plundering Russia, exploiting Iraq – this is the chilling tale of how a few are making a killing while more are getting killed.

Stephen Fry

Posted in Inspirational People on 13/02/2009 by nicka77

A fabulous raconteur with a razor sharp wit and a fierce intelligence – oh, and he was in Blackadder – which is my all time favourite show. Follow his exploits on twitter now, and always love watching him on QI. 

Also very, very hot on technological advancement, and is often posting blogs about the latest mobile wizardry from Apple or Nokia, or testing out eReaders and the like.

Top bloke.