Nelson Mandela showed a divided country how to forgive

[ooyala id=”51Nms2aTqGLPrIkK5AivvuPeIS22pkRE” ] I was born within a few miles of Nelson Mandela‘s home. At the beginning of the Eighties my parents worked in a rural hospital in what was then the “Bantustan” of Transkei, the strange semi-nation that the Apartheid South African regime created as a “homeland” for black Africans in its east, and…

Bravo Tom Daley, but I’m afraid ‘coming out’ stories are here to stay

[ooyala id=”NpbzExaTqD-ikBAl6nwSBTbUfgfrwffu” ] There’s been a lovely response to the news that Tom Daley, the diver and Olympic medallist, is in a relationship with a man; an (almost) uniform outpouring of support and a general admiration for his bravery. Our own Graeme Archer has written a very touching piece on the subject, in which he…

Amazon Drone: non-story of the decade

[ooyala id=”4yZXcwaTpojfLSP6cknynyKWuI269Jqj” ] So let’s get this straight. Amazon have announced that at some unspecified time in the future, probably years away, they’ll use drones to deliver parcels the last bit of their journey. Quadcopter drones have a flight time measured in minutes, usually, and a maximum speed of a few tens of miles an…