Behind the curve

First, a confession. I’m a late adopter when it comes to technology. It has taken me a long time to construct this rudimentary blog site (as you can probably tell from the less-than-dazzling design). I bought my first mobile phone at least five years after most people and I’ve only just started to use Twitter.

One interesting thing about technology, though, is how quickly it becomes part of your daily routine – like your morning shower and coffee.

Take email. In the days of dial-up Internet access, email was a chore. In 1997 I worked briefly for a digital marketing agency. We didn’t check our work email incessantly; in fact I remember our boss sending a group email about a meeting and telling us that if we didn’t read it we’d be fired.

Now many employers have the opposite problem, of course. Some, such as Atos Origin, have even banned workers from sending emails internally.

This blog is primarily as a shop window for my work, past present and future. I write mainly about business, in particular tax and the accountancy profession. I’m currently doing four-days-a-week at Accountancy Age – the magazine I worked as a cub reporter in the late 1990s.

However, I’ll also talk about non-work stuff, including my admiration for certain TV dramas such as The Wire and In Treatment.

I’m currently re-watching the first series of the US version of In Treatment – an intriguing TV drama about a therapist and his patients – at the same time as watching the first series of the Israeli original (BeTipul), which is being shown on Sky Arts.

I’m surprised how little of the script in the US version has been changed from the Israeli version – at least based on the three or so episodes I’ve seen so far.

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