Will super-sonic travel ever return?

It seems strange that technology has progressed in almost every field, but in supersonic travel things have seemingly regressed. Concorde was flying people faster than the speed of sound back in 1976, but since its retirement in 2003 there has been no commercial supersonic flight. Why not, and please can we have it back? The…

Everything We Know

[For Esquire magazine, October 2011] The idea of Wikipedia is a huge one – putting the sum of all human knowledge in one place and making it accessible around the world. Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, Sue Gardner, is the person who ensures it remains, in every sense of the word, free. She’s increasingly…

Original non-pirate material

At last, The Middle East has its own equivalent of iTunes. Recently, a musician was making a personal appearance at a Dubai Virgin Megastore and a young girl went up and handed over a piece of paper to be signed. “Don’t you have a CD you want signing?” the musician asked. “No, I don’t need…

The Book of Jobs

Why the new iPad may provide a revolution in piracy as well as literature. For all the anticipation surrounding Apple’s latest hardware, the iPad doesn’t really offer us anything we haven’t already got on laptops and iPods. There is one feature, however, that Apple believes will be revolutionary: digital reading. The iPad goes on sale…