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With an entirely irrelevant history of house: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

Back in my younger days I used to be a big fan of clubbing. Turnmills, Fabric and The Cross in London, Godskitchen in Birmingham, Slinky in Bournemouth, Rehab in Leeds – many a lost evening was spent on the dancefloor. This was at the back end of the ‘superstar dj’ phase: overpaid djs playing to ever diminishing numbers in enormous clubs as people got bored of what they had to offer.

The whole scene needed a new lease of life and focus shifted to Berlin, where a new breed of djs were emerging. As these djs started playing in London nights became about the music and the people again, rather than the djs themselves. One of these djs, a Chilean named Ricardo Vilallobos, became notorious for his lengthy and late set times (often starting at 3am and lasting well in to the next day). His sets often spanned musical genres: techno, disco, gypsy folk and even classical.

Why am I telling you this? Well, this week’s HIGSENFY is like one of Vilallobos’ sets: long, meandering and with only the thin thread of social enterprise tying it together. Enjoy though, and if you want to check Ricardo out in action he’s playing at Fabric tomorrow, from 1am until at least 11am on Sunday…


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Elon, no-one likes a showoff: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

This week, multi billionaire and founder of Paypal Elon Musk launched a car into space. Only 46 years old, Musk also runs the car company Tesla, solar energy provider Sun City and Hyperloop, a concept for a high-speed transportation system which aims to revolutionise the way that passengers and cargo journey between long distances.

In the same week, I had my own transport adventure when my 20 month old son was violently sick all over me during the early stages of a journey on the 285 bus between Kingston and Teddington, much to the obvious disgust of my fellow passengers. I own no car companies (I can’t even drive), no energy providers and consider using contactless card payment on the tube to be a major revolutionary step.

I’ll leave it to you to decide who had the better week…


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With an introduction that deserves no merit: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

February. Despite being the month I was born in, I always struggle with spelling it. It’s that tricky first R. Why am I telling you this? I’ll be honest, I’m just filling space. I haven’t got a huge amount to say this week and I’m finishing at 12.30pm today to go and play golf so my mind is elsewhere. Sorry, not the sort of sloppy approach that you signed up for. I really am just rambling now so I think we’d better just jump straight into the news.

Enjoy your weekend


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Fun fun fun: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

Today is ‘Fun at Work Day’. I know, I had a wry chuckle too. But this is a (mainly American) thing, and sometimes you just have to accept that the impossible could happen and embrace it. Having done some research, this could be tough however – it seems to be a lot of forced fun and wackiness, words that strike me with horror and bring me out in a cold sweat. Still, I found some tips online (here, for example) for how to ‘enjoy’ the day and have crowbarred them into this week’s news with all the subtlety of a member of the establishment at a President’s Club Dinner.



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Block what? Bit who? Big where? Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

When I was younger I used to get endlessly frustrated that my parents couldn’t work out how to set the video recorder. No matter how many times I showed them, there was only about a 5% chance that they would manage to actually record the programme that they wanted to watch. “I’ll never be like that”, I’d think to myself, before heading back to my bedroom to apply some Lynx and listen to Green Day or Offspring.

Now in my mid 30s, I am becoming just like that. I think the warning signs started a few years ago, around the time that ‘Big Data’ started to be a thing. “Big data will change everything” people would say to me. “Agreed”, I’d say confidently. “Could be huge”. But in my head I’d be thinking “I have no idea what you are talking about”.

Next came Bitcoin. About five years ago a friend who worked in San Francisco told me to buy some. So I did, and it turned out to be a prudent tip – I think I spent about £100 and the value of my investment has soared, to somewhere in the region of £12,000 – £15,000. The problem I have is that I a) have no idea where I bought the Bitcoin from b) have no idea where my Bitcoin is stored and how to access it c) have no record of how to overcome these problems and d) still don’t really understand what Bitcoin is. So I have in fact managed to lose £100.

Now, people keep banging on about blockchain. I’m not even going to pretend to know about this, it’s baffling. Read the Wikipedia page and see if you can get passed the first paragraph. I’ve decided that life is too short, and I have to say that it is quite liberating. Maybe my parents were right all along.

Enjoy the news…


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