‘How cruising brought me back after Simon Cowell dropped me’ (The Telegraph)

“Tonight, Cat, I’m going to be Jerry Lee Lewis!” a 14-year-old Duke Christopher told Cat Deeley on Stars in Their Eyes in 2003. Emerging through the dry-ice in a blue satin jacket and with wavy slicked-back hair, he performed Great Balls of Fire on his feet while hammering out the song’s famous piano chords, just like the first bad boy of Rock ’n’ Roll. His charismatic copycat … Continue reading ‘How cruising brought me back after Simon Cowell dropped me’ (The Telegraph)

Talking TED: Ellen Agler on eradicating disease (Overture magazine)

When I catch Ellen Agler on the phone, she’s in London for the United Kingdom launch of her new book Under the Big Tree: Extraordinary Stories from the Movement to End Neglected Tropical Diseases, which she cowrote with Mojie Crigler. After becoming CEO of the END Fund, a private philanthropic initiative dedicated to ending neglected tropical diseases (NTD), Agler has managed to make these overwhelming and complex health … Continue reading Talking TED: Ellen Agler on eradicating disease (Overture magazine)

Brexit, trade wars: So how are France’s tech reforms holding up? (ZDNet)

French president Macron’s reform agenda is gaining momentum. In the startup ecosystem, his French Tech Visa is drawing in foreign talent, while his goal of achieving male and female equality in France has increased the number of women-oriented initiatives. Despite consultancy EY’s recent European Attractiveness survey showing that foreign direct investment (FDI) dropped in France by 1% in 2018 after soaring to 31% growth in 2017, the … Continue reading Brexit, trade wars: So how are France’s tech reforms holding up? (ZDNet)

Creating a Tech Community to Aid Refugees in Crisis (Overture magazine)

As the needs of refugees worldwide become more complex, a growing collection of technology groups are working to serve them as people, not problems. I first met Paul-Emmanuel Levy in Paris in October 2017, at the first global summit to be held by Techfugees, a non-profit that helps coordinate the international tech community’s response to the needs of refugees. Earlier that day he had been … Continue reading Creating a Tech Community to Aid Refugees in Crisis (Overture magazine)

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What to buy on the other French Riviera (The Telegraph)

Look West along the Mediterranean to find cheaper property. You won’t find the Cannes Film Festival or Club 55, but if owning a dreamy Mediterranean holiday home is your main desire, buying a property on the “other Riviera” can be half the price of the Côte d’Azur. The seaside resorts scattered along the western side of the south coast in Aude and Pyrénées-Orientales are adored … Continue reading What to buy on the other French Riviera (The Telegraph)

Artificial intelligence: the end of lost baggage? (Airport Technology)

With the number of air travellers set to double over the next 20 years, intelligent end-to-end baggage tracking will be more essential than ever. Can artificial intelligence be harnessed to help manage the problem? Frances Marcellin investigates. Between now and 2036, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates that the number of air passengers will rise from 4 billion to almost 8 billion. Airports are … Continue reading Artificial intelligence: the end of lost baggage? (Airport Technology)

Business or pleasure? The apps and trends that are blurring boundaries (ZDNet)

The worlds of the office and the home are starting to merge through apps and physical co-living spaces. Mixing business and pleasure has long been inadvisable. But the hard lines between the two are softening, with relationships based on shared personal and professional interests becoming more important to the careers of entrepreneurs and freelancers all over the world. Despite French culture traditionally not lending itself … Continue reading Business or pleasure? The apps and trends that are blurring boundaries (ZDNet)