Society

April 17, 2016

Marcus East’s TEDx Talk on Dark Technology

Last night I gave my first TEDx talk on what I have labelled ‘Dark Technology’ at the TEDx event at the University of Manchester. It was an honour to be part of such an interesting and stimulating event, and a privilege to have been given an opportunity to share some of my thoughts on things that are so important to me! I wanted to share my thoughts on how humanity is struggling to cope with the pace of technological change that is being driven by commercial and scientific advances in technology, and the possible dangers that could exist in a […]
December 22, 2015

The staggering scale of the loss of human life in WWII

The staggering scale of the loss of human life in WWII This brilliant infographic video highlights just how many millions of lives were lost in World War II; it is truly staggering: Watching this video serves to remind us just how devastating war can be; let’s hope that it was a war to end all wars and that we never see a loss of life on this scale ever again.
August 10, 2014

Is Humanity really any more civilized today than 1000 years ago?

Is Humanity civilized? When I hear religious group A say that all of religious group B are bad, and then religious group B in return say that all of religious group A is evil, it is a reminder that despite smelling better, living longer better and having more shiny things, humanity really hasn’t come that far since the Dark Ages. Today, millions of people are displaced on every continent – struggles in Syria, Ukraine, Thailand and all over Africa only help to underline the extent of human suffering caused by other humans. Something must be done to take humanity to […]
June 7, 2014

Seeing NYC’s recovery from 9/11 has moved me!

After my meeting this morning in Wall Street, I spent a couple of hours in the World Trade Center area, visiting the 9/11 Memorial Center where there are some incredibly powerful recordings, photos and artifacts from that fateful day in 2001. I think that what happened then in NYC, and the determined response from New Yorkers serves a potent symbol of the failure of terrorism and extremist ideologies. Despite the tragic loss of life, and the scars left on this truly great city, New York was not defeated that day; the attack seems only to have made the people of New […]
May 17, 2014

Arsenal – FA Cup 2014 Winners!

Today I was reminded why I’m an Arsenal fan… I was reminded why I have sat in the wind, rain and snow losing my voice through screaming at players who cannot hear me – and rejoicing in their genius when not despairing of their failings. I was reminded why I’m proud to wear the crest, even when we crumble under the brilliance of our competitors and the brutality of poor refereeing. I was reminded what it means to face down adversity and to look deep into ones soul to find the resolve the carry on, only to prevail at the […]
May 31, 2010

What have we done to our planet? We must learn from the BP Gulf Oil Spill disaster

MAY 31, 2010 As each day goes by, I get more and more concerned about the damage being caused by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico – the images of destruction that I see reported on the news are amongst the scariest things that I ever seen on the news. Firstly, let’s not forget that 11 men lost their lives in the fire that led to this spill; whilst it is important to consider the economic impact on the USA and beyond, we have to remember that these men died just doing their jobs and the suffering […]
January 26, 2010

Why is everyone either asleep or applying their slap on the Tube?

JANUARY 26, 2010 On my journey in from Southgate this morning, I observed that more than half of the occupants of my carriage were fast asleep and that half of the rest were applying their make-up… Personally, I wouldn’t ever dream of sleeping on the Tube for fear of someone painting some obscenity on my forehead! (Actually, I once saw a photographer taking pictures of sleeping commuters on the Victoria Line. I didn’t stop him, as he looked like he was on official business.) However, it does make me wonder if some people are actually building sleeping time and beauty […]
November 23, 2009

Women: be careful who you give your business card to!

NOVEMBER 23, 2009 I seem to have a large number of attractive, intelligent and successful female friends in their twenties and thirties, many of whom lament the difficulties of finding suitable men. I struggled to understand how such eligible women can find it hard to date until one of them shared this clip with me on Facebook! I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did! The story entitled “Why some girls stay single) (repeated below from melodymaker.posterous.com) goes like this: The story is this:  a girl was out with friends having drinks on King St (in Toronto) when […]
November 21, 2009

Dutch car maker plans move to UK

NOVEMBER 21, 2009 Luxury car maker Spyker wants to move closer to its main parts supplier and chooses to relocate in Coventry. A luxury sports car maker based in the Netherlands has announced it is moving an assembly plant to Coventry. Spyker Cars makes up to 50 luxury cars a year, mainly for the US market, with prices starting from about £180,000. It said up to 45 out of 135 jobs would be at risk when it moved its assembly plant from Zeewolde in Holland to Whitley in Coventry by the end of 2009. via BBC News – Dutch car maker […]