Carpenters who changed the world

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Growing up in the 1940’s Ingvar Kamprad struggled with dyslexia.  As a reward for trying hard at school his father gave him a gift of money and he used it to start a small furniture business.  One day as he struggled to fit a table into the back of a car his colleague observed, “This table takes up too much … Read More

Missing the point

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

The story is told of two soldiers who decided as a prank to smuggle a goat into their barracks.  Foreseeing a potential flaw in the plan one of the soldiers remarked to the other, “What about the smell?”  Without hesitation the reply came back, “The goat will just have to get used to it!”  Which just goes to show how … Read More

Look for the disturbance

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

As the boat pulled away from the harbour, the guide turned to the guests on deck and said, ‘If you want to see what you’ve come to see, then look for the disturbance.’  They were hoping to see whales, and the guide went on to explain that the best place to look was where they could see the water disturbed, … Read More

How does it end?

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

There’s nothing my daughter and I enjoy more than watching a good detective story on TV.  The only problem is she can’t wait until the end to discover who committed the crime.  So, while I’m happy to enjoy the show and wait for the big reveal, she’s busy Googling it to see how it’s all going to end.   Confronted … Read More

Most likely to ….

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

In recent years lists of the people “Most likely to…’ have become very popular.  It’s now an established feature for high school students approaching the end of their courses to vote for one another across a range of categories.  These can include most likely to …become Prime Minister, …write a best-selling novel, …get a “Yes” from Simon Cowell, but can … Read More

Dumping Credit

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

In a bid to accelerate the take up of credit cards in the 1950’s the Bank of America hit upon the idea of sending an unsolicited card to every one of its 60,000 customers in Fresno, California.  Known as the ‘Fresno Drop’ it was a spectacular success, and within two years a million cards were in use, and the modern … Read More

I need to sleep

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Over the last few weeks most of will have heard the Christmas carol, Silent Night, which includes the repeated line ‘Sleep in heavenly peace’.  So, it’s ironic that it’s at this time of year that the most internet searches are made for the topics, ‘child won’t sleep’ and ‘I need sleep’.  An expert in the field, Professor Kevin Morgan, explains … Read More