Toby Harnden’s column for Foreign Policy reminded me just how much I love a good expenses claim story. Some of the best come from history, such as Stanley’s rather extravagant quest (just click through the password dialogue box) to find Livingston. Another nice one comes from Philby: The Spy who Betrayed a Generation, which suggests … More Philby’s Expenses
I’ve been walking into places and saying things for, well, most of my life. And by now I reckon I’m pretty good at it. I’d be pretty irritated if someone now said: Rob, we’ve noticed the proliferation of social situations around the world and realised it has some implications for our business. We think you … More My Social Rules
You’ve got to admire Cameron Munter, US ambassador to Islamabad, for trying. His efforts to inject a bit of humour into a catastrophic period in relations between Pakistan and the US are impressive. After cutting off $800m in aid and having officials accuse the Pakistani government of bumping off a troublesome journalist, Mr Munter still … More Pakistan and the US: The Odd Couple?
I don’t like Apple. They bring out a music player that locks you into its own online music store and its own music format. They bring out a smartphone, but control the software that goes on it. And so too the iPad, where developers have to have their “apps” approved before they go in the … More My Motorola Xoom: Good but needs more apps