Reflections

A selection of sometimes very personal reflections

Reflections

In memory - Famous Seamus

Written on train 3rd September 2013

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Professional Reflections

The man who invented the wheel - twice!

When the former Labour minister Jack Straw walked over to Sir Tim Berners Lee during the latter’s introduction to an awestruck UK Cabinet in June 2009 and said how honoured he was to meet the man who had invented the World Wide Web, he said: “It’s like meeting the man who invented the wheel”. Straw’s colleague’s cruel follow up: “And what was that like Jack?”  seems destined already  to become part of web folklore. 

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Reflections

A History of the World in a single tablet

The BBC’s magnificent series A History of the World in 100 Objects broadcast an episode this month on the earliest recorded and extant communications writing device. This was a clay tablet used by civil servants in 3,300 BCE in the valley of Ur in Mesopotamia to record inventory and payments of beer to royal workers. 

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