You need to buddy up with the right people

We were watching Question Time on the BBC iPlayer the other day (living the dream, as ever), and the presenter opened with, “Well, I think we can all guess what the biggest story of this week was.” We looked at each other. Was it the battle between skeuomorphic and “flat” design trends? Or could it have been edged out by the news that the Opera browser has shifted to the same rendering engine as Chrome and Safari? No, it turned out that, (a) the rest of the UK was more exercised by the fact…

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Why buying stuff isn’t the answer

The one problem with not buying stuff: photos start to look a bit samey...

FOR ONCE we’re ahead of the curve! For-basically-ever we’ve had no interest in shopping or buying stuff for the sake of it. And since becoming digital nomads, we’ve had a great excuse to avoid accumulating unnecessary bits and pieces. But apparently, we’re all starting to realise that “stuff” doesn’t really make us happy – and loads more people are choosing to spend their time and money on “experiences” instead. Psychologists, behavioural economists and some of our favourite writers have been saying for yonkos that buying nice dresses, shoes, cushions and pastry forks will…

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We’re not going to build the next Facebook (and we’re fine with that… really)

It's just the whole "gravitas" thing... we don't think we've quite nailed it

Rob turned 30 this week. So he did what he always does when he thinks about his age – something we’ll euphemistically refer to as “have a full-on meltdown” about how he hasn’t achieved anything in life and is now too far behind everyone else his age to ever catch up. “Everyone else his age” turned out to be Mark Zuckerberg, Justin Timberlake, and – somewhat worryingly – Beyonce. As Rob will admit, he doesn’t want the pressure of being the CEO of Facebook – nor does he want the…

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The importance of driving through red lights

If we ever meet you, we really hope you like us and think we’re hugely fun. And we really hope we manage to hide just how anal, tightly structured and goal-focused we are. Truth be told, we desperately want to go with the flow more, but we’re stuck in a rut of standard operating procedures, multi-indented bullet-point lists, and Google Calendar reminders about putting the bins out, getting our hair cut and ordering the week’s supermarket shopping. We can’t even watch a TV panel show without moaning that no one’s…

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We’re ripping up the travel script (and you should too)

We’re going to Bangkok next week. And you know the one thing people keep telling us to do? “Ooh you MUST go to a ping pong show and watch all the girls make things fly out of their fu fus. The drinks there cost a bomb, but you’ve gotta do it.” Errr, no. And not because of morals (although Wikipedia’s description does a good job of putting us off for those reasons too). We won’t go because it’s just not our sort of thing and we don’t care that all the guide…

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