Going Mobile? Try and avoid the Cowboys!

Phew! It’s been a long time coming but we have finally finished the mobile version of Ethical Superstore site. You can view the site at Ethical Superstore Mobile  although it only looks any good on a mobile device of if you make your…

What’s going on in Lobley Hill?

I was awoken yesterday by the news that the A1 was part-closed due to an accident in vicinity of the Lobley Hill Roundabout. It set me wondering about what really ought to put Lobley Hill on the Map? Do we want to be…

Kiva lost my money in Liberia – and I am pleased they did

This week I will have been making loans via Kiva for five years. I love the direct connection you feel with an entrepreneur thousands of miles away trying to make business work in a developing country. I have made 25 small loans, but…

Sometimes even bad news can have a happy ending

It’s never easy giving people bad news. I have been very lucky over my working life that most people have responded professionally and in some cases optimism and hope in the face of tough choices. I do remember one person who was made…

Why does using public transport have to be so hard?

On Thursday last week I needed to renew my Travelcard so I could get work. By the time I got home  – some 10 hours later – the card was un-renewed and I was almost £10 out of pocket. You can read the…

Is being OCD about uptime a bad thing?

I guess I am somewhat OCD when it comes to the uptime of our servers. At first I was very excited when I realised that selling on line meant that customers could buy from us any time of night or day. We were…

The end of free solar?

Just received an urgent message from a colleague at Homesun – one of the biggest free solar companies – showing that the Government is about to change it’s policy again and on even tougher deadline than previously expected. The Energy Saving trust accidentally…

Five films that made me cry

“Mum, why’s Dad crying at the dolphin film?” said my youngest boy. Yet again I was the first to cry at a film we’d gone out to see as a group. I guess I should be happy that the kids see that there…