17th December 2010 Work in the Time of the Knowledge Worker

Man­age­ment con­sul­tants are one of the pro­fes­sions who are more often cited as emblem­atic of the trans­for­ma­tion into post-industrial soci­ety, which since the ‘70s has marked the advanced cap­i­tal­is­tic economies. If I wanted to try the mis­sion impos­si­ble of sum­ma­riz­ing this com­plex­ity in just one sin­gle word, the one that comes to my mind is…

14th December 2010 Catching Tuna at Carloforte

There’s blood in the water for months,’ explains the tour guide at the Museo Civico di Car­ol­forte. She’s been telling us about the mat­tanza, the tra­di­tional killing of blue-fin tuna (tonno rosso) in May and June each year as the fish swim past the Isola di San Pietro off the west coast of Sar­dinia on…

6th December 2010 A Long Night and an Early Start: ‘La piccola pesca’ of Cagliari

Wednes­day, 1 Decem­ber I wan­dered down to the docks in Caglari tonight at around 6pm. Walk­ing down Largo Carlo Felice, the main road from Piazza Yenne (sort of the cen­tre of town), you know the water is there because of the view of the fer­ries (and on some days, cruise lin­ers) above the hori­zon. Alongside…

2nd December 2010 Snow

Oh it’s snow­ing. Par­ents stay at home because the kids’ school is closed. Not even the 4x4 dri­vers can get up the hill to work; the buses have been can­celled, and it’d be a long walk in. And count­less pounds are being lost as the work­force stays away (snow chaos costs £1.2bn a day). It’s…