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How will ecommerce and traditional retail work together in the future?

By Davide Padoa, CEO of Design International. www.designinternational.com People have been predicting the slow death of the high street at the hands of the almighty internet for over a decade now. Although the internet has developed into its own massive shopping empire and has claimed some high profile victims on the high street such as Woolworth's and Blockbusters, all in all, bricks and mortar stores have so far persistently refused to die. The literature written on this phenomenon by now...

Mad Men and Breaking Bad – That something special

 By James Mackney There is a snobbery surrounding television but I am going to categorically state that it is not the unwanted sibling or the distant relative of cinema; it is its own progressive and challenging medium. As Mad Men’s first half of its final season draws to a close it finally reaches the moon. Not in a sense of narrative achievement or character progression but one where the centerpiece of episode 7, season 7 is the US Moon Landing....

Boko Haram – A history

By Luca Foschi It is not the case that “Jama'atu Ahlul Sunna Lidda'awati Wal Djihad” chose the abduction of almost 300 Christian girls to gain global attention. “People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet's Teachings and Jihad” now also has its most successful slogan,”Western education is sinful,” beamed into the front rooms of the developed world. On April 14, 293 schoolgirls have been taken away from Christian schools in Chibok, a village in the north-east region of Borno. Their kidnapper’s...

Location, Location, Location…

Stuart Buchanan, Junior Broadcast Executive at 4mediarelations, discusses the launch of London Live Living in the 24-hour news culture that we do we have become accustomed to global events being delivered to us within an instant. The Global Village, a term coined by Marshall McLuhan, aptly describes how the globe has become a single village of electric technology thanks to the instantaneous movement of information from every quarter to every point at the same time. The prospect of electronic media...

Bahrain; then and now

By Sally Saar  International perceptions of Bahrain can be deceptive. After two decades of unprecedented change, Sally Saar documents the evolution of the notorious Gulf State, the social tolerance and the role of women in guiding its future.   I have lived in Bahrain for over two decades – half my life. Having spent such an important part of my life here, I call Bahrain home. When I first arrived on the island, the airport was the size of a luxurious mansion with the...

DOES THE UK STILL NEED INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY?

By Valentina Magri International Women’s Day – observed by the UN General Assembly since 1977 after it invited member nations to unite in eliminating the discrimination against women – was celebrated this weekend with great success, but some still question the need for such a day in contemporary British society. Gender gap in Britain The gender gap is measured at an international level by the World Economic Forum (Wef), which carries out a measure called the Gender Gap Index. Its value...

The big Twitter study

Why did you click through? We’ve set up a phony feature to plug on Twitter in order to decipher how people think and act on the internet. The results from the survey below will form part of an editorial called ‘Klout’, which will be published when the figures have been collated. Please vote and retweet if you’re interested in this social media experiment. Which Tweet would most likely make you click through? We asked a 12 year-old what they thought...

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