London Fashion Week SS24: The Discarding Of Traditional Concepts:

“The fashion industry’s reckoning has arrived. With concerns surrounding waste,ethical treatment of workers and inclusivity, the status quo is no longer sustainable”. This declaration by the Huffington Post’s lifestyle commentator, Jennifer Barton, in September 2020 and her prediction that the brands would need to “pivot quickly” to stay relevant and desirable accurately anticipated the changing […]

Filed under: Media, Society | Posted on September 22nd, 2023 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

Is January Really The Worst Month In Britain?

“If I had my way, I’d remove January from the calendar altogether and have an extra July instead”. This was how Roald Dahl, the renowned British novelist and poet, viewed the first month of the year. The American author, Melody Beattie, by contrast, has rather more enthusiastically proclaimed the New Year to be “like a […]

Filed under: Healthcare, Media, Society | Posted on January 13th, 2023 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

The Power Of Possession: Who’s Really In Charge Of Your TV?:

“In the good old days, anyone who wanted to change the channel on their television was obliged to get up to press the appropriate buttons on the apparatus”. That era, as “wired.com” has pointed out, came to an abrupt end when, in the mid-’60’s, the Austrian-American inventor and Director of Research at the Zenith Corporation, […]

Filed under: Media, Society | Posted on November 10th, 2022 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

No Place For “Non-Functioning Royals”: The Buckingham Palace Balcony on Jubilee Day

What are balconies for? Their main purpose, states britannica.com, is to enlarge the living space in a dwelling without a garden or lawn and to provide ventilation. However, it also notes, from classical Rome onwards, the ones on public buildings have been employed as places from which speeches can be made or crowds exhorted. The […]

Filed under: Media, Society | Posted on May 16th, 2022 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

London Fashion Week AW22: An Abrupt Change Of Priorities:

    For a brief moment, it felt as if the good times were back. The day after it had ended, the Guardian’s fashion editor, Jess Cartner-Morley, hailed the latest LFW (18 -22 February) as having been “shiny and happy”, with sequins and satin symbolising the new mood of hope. For her, the “pop of champagne […]

Filed under: Media, Society | Posted on March 5th, 2022 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

Behind The Screen: The Secret To Television News Reading:

      Do you know how to pronounce the name of “Shrewsbury”, the market town in the English county of Shropshire? If you’re not sure and really want to find out, the Oxford Guide to BBC diction provides the answer: “Shrohz-buh-ri”. This is unlikely to be at the top of your list of priorities […]

Filed under: Media | Posted on May 5th, 2021 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

London Fashion Week AW21: “An Opportunity For Renewal”:

“ After an incredibly challenging year for the industry, it’s what we all need to lift us up”. This was the significance that Caroline Rush, the Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council (BFC) attached to the latest LFW (19th – 23rd February) and the fresh scope for creativity it provided, when quoted by the […]

Filed under: Media, Society | Posted on February 24th, 2021 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

London Fashion Week: Confounding The Pessimists:

The headlines were dire and the predictions gloomy. “London’s fashion businesses are on the brink and many brands are in crisis”, declared the London Evening Standard columnist, Kate Finnigan in the newspaper on 15th September, just two days before the start of LFW SS (Spring/Summer)21 (17-22 September). To highlight the point, she quoted the acknowledgement […]

Filed under: Media, Society | Posted on September 22nd, 2020 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

Britain Faces Up To The “New Normal”:

“Everything has changed”. That’s how the BBC’s Health Editor, Hugh Pym views the impact of the pandemic both on Britain and the international community. Life will be very different from now on, for the high street, businesses, our work routine and and the way we meet friends, he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on […]

Filed under: Healthcare, Media | Posted on July 27th, 2020 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

Speaking Out: Journalists On The Front Line:

“The daily tide of troubling news reports can be overwhelming, even for folks like us who have to read it”. It was with these words that Robyn Curnow, a CNN “anchor”, concluded her International Newsroom programme on 3rd April, thanking her viewers for their understanding. It was a rare acknowledgement that even trained professionals like […]

Filed under: Healthcare, Media | Posted on April 8th, 2020 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

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