On this day

… Henry VIII was at something of a loose end, so he told a builder to put a bowling alley in Whitehall. No one asked him if he had planning permission.


A friend in Nairobi tells me that Kenyan newspaper sales were up 10% yesterday on the news that the local champion of unpulped wood had got the Nobel.

National stereotypes

As a Brit, I wonder if there are also Americans who roll around laughing when they discover FranklinCovey’s Mission Builder (“Use our Mission Builder exercise to add focus, direction, and a sense of purpose to your daily decisions”). I suspect not, because whereas Brits usually look at me as if I have suddenly produced a…