The Wiki Man

Tea and honesty

5 May 2016 1:00 pm

We recently moved -offices from Canary Wharf to Blackfriars bridge. When you move after a long time in one place,…

The secret to doing better at darts – and life

23 April 2016 9:00 am

I have always been intrigued by the scoring systems for different sports, and the degree to which they contribute to…

How to do better at darts – and life

21 April 2016 1:00 pm

I have always been intrigued by the scoring systems for different sports, and the degree to which they contribute to…

What makes Argos worth £1.4 billion? I reckon I know

9 April 2016 9:00 am

When I was at school in the 1970s, some of the richer kids would come back from their summer holidays…

My tip for the next cool shop: Argos

7 April 2016 1:00 pm

When I was at school in the 1970s, some of the richer kids would come back from their summer holidays…

Always obey your satnav? Then you can vote rationally on the EU

26 March 2016 9:00 am

In many ways a satnav is a miraculous device. A network of US military satellites more than 10,000 miles above…

Directions your phone can’t give you

23 March 2016 3:00 pm

In many ways a satnav is a miraculous device. A network of US military satellites more than 10,000 miles above…

Google's driverless car has finally crashed. Might humans be safer?

12 March 2016 9:00 am

A first last week: a Google driverless car in autonomous mode was partly at fault in a collision, interestingly one…

What’s the point of the driverless car?

10 March 2016 3:00 pm

A first last week: a Google driverless car in autonomous mode was partly at fault in a collision, interestingly one…

The 5 per cent of people who decide everything (and how to be one of them)

27 February 2016 9:00 am

What happens when 95 per cent of people like something, but 5 per cent of people prefer something else? You might think…

The 5 per cent of people who get to decide everything

25 February 2016 3:00 pm

What happens when 95 per cent of people like something, but 5 per cent of people prefer something else? You might think…

Maybe you should tax me more – just don’t touch my dishwasher

13 February 2016 9:00 am

There was a big fuss a year or so ago about a book by a French chap called Piketty about…

Tax me more, but don’t touch my dishwasher

11 February 2016 3:00 pm

There was a big fuss a year or so ago about a book by a French chap called Piketty about…

Contactless payments have taken the fun out of buses

How contactless cards will change the world (much more than you think)

30 January 2016 9:00 am

I am one of those annoying, mildly claustrophobic people who sit at the end of a row in cinemas. There…

Contactless payments have taken the fun out of buses

The power of painless payment

28 January 2016 3:00 pm

I am one of those annoying, mildly claustrophobic people who sit at the end of a row in cinemas. There…

Q: What is a good school? A: One that everybody else likes

16 January 2016 9:00 am

A few months ago I received a call from someone running a small private school near New York. They believed…

Q: What is a good school? A: One that other people like

14 January 2016 3:00 pm

A few months ago I received a call from someone running a small private school near New York. They believed…

There are things we don’t mind paying for – and things we do

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Here’s a challenge for film buffs: can anyone remember, from the entire canon of cinema and television, a single scene…

Things we don’t mind paying for

31 December 2015 3:00 pm

Here’s a challenge for film buffs: can anyone remember, from the entire canon of cinema and television, a single scene…

Why the greatest innovations do only one thing, but do it well

12 December 2015 9:00 am

McDonald’s got rid of cutlery. Uber does not allow you to pre-book taxis. Amazon began by selling only books. Conventional…

Why the greatest innovations do only one thing, but do it well

10 December 2015 3:00 pm

McDonald’s got rid of cutlery. Uber does not allow you to pre-book taxis. Amazon began by selling only books. Conventional…

The other side to the division of labour: the concentration of attention

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Adam Smith’s theory on the division of labour first appeared in 1776 in The Wealth of Nations. The idea was…

The other side to the division of labour: the concentration of attention

3 December 2015 3:00 pm

Adam Smith’s theory on the division of labour first appeared in 1776 in The Wealth of Nations. The idea was…

The most important test that HS2 doesn’t pass

21 November 2015 9:00 am

Despite my opposition to High Speed 2, I am quite a big fan of HS1, the line which runs from…

Does HS2 pass the Butterfield test?

19 November 2015 3:00 pm

Despite my opposition to High Speed 2, I am quite a big fan of HS1, the line which runs from…