So farewell then, Justin Pearse… what next for trade magazines such as New Media Age?

Some years ago I was on a table at the New Media Age Awards with then news editor Justin Pearse and several representatives of important companies. To say we were drunk would be several layers below understatement.

On our table was a callow young man who represented the at-the-time-flavour-of-the-day music company Shazam who was a little overawed by hanging out with older, more cynical hacks. Continue reading

A lighthouse, some pomegranate juice and an affordable moped


“I woke up with my wife and baby of six months on the small island of Burano in Venice, where we have a lighthouse. We took our breakfast on the terrrace of one of the best restaurants in the world, Da Romano. I had one organic apple and fresh pomegranate juice, and a cookie made by the bakery next door. Then I started designing a new, affordable moped.” – Phillipe Starck

For those non-Uk readers who are not familiar with the magazine Private Eye, it is a British institution and a satirical magazine that will never be bettered. Inside the magazine is a section called Pseuds Corner where readers send in submissions of the most pretentious claptrap they’ve read that fortnight. Continue reading