The Changing Nature Of Ownership

Urbanisation, technology, convenience, cost, regulation and a fluctuating economy have all played their part in the shift away from ownership in recent years.

But how quickly are things changing now? From autonomous vehicles to apps that make lifting a finger the most strenuous thing you’ll do. Here’s a dive into four industries:

Amsterdam for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and a cheeky snack

Breakfast | Mook Pancakes

Why go? Stacked 3 high, their pancakes are covered in maple syrup and coconut shavings. It’s the best way to wake up in Amsterdam. Expect a queue after 9:30

Brunch | Ted’s

Why go? If you hardly slept from the night before, Ted’s all-day brunch is your remedy. Try the group Bloody Mary.

Lunch | Le Plantage

Why go? Head here for the best priced lunch in Amsterdam. The tartines on sourdough bread are €8. Take your pick from smoked salmon and beetroot, lemon marinated chicken with tzatziki and my favourite, bavette steak, mozzarella and pine nuts.

Dinner | Jansz at The Pulitzer

Why go? One of the best meals I’ve ever had. I came here for my birthday and had the scallops to start and lobster risotto for my main. Have a cocktail in the Pulitzer Bar before to get things going.

Snack | Van Stepele

Why go? Why are Van Stepele’s freshly baked cookies the best in the world? Because they only offer one kind and that’s it. Take it or leave it. Expect a queue at all times.

My Top 5 Amsterdam Museums in pictures

Amsterdam is brimming with art and culture. As a visitor or resident there’s always something new to discover.

Take a look at my top 5 Amsterdam museums.


5. Stedelijk Museum | @Stedelijk - modern and contemporary art and design

4. De Hermitage | @dehermitage - permanent Russian & Dutch Golden Age Exhibitions

3. Anne Frank Museum | @annefrankhouse - Anne’s house and biographical museum

2. Rijksmuseum | @rijksmuseum - Dutch National Museum

1. Van Gogh Museum | @vangoghmuseum - the world’s largest Van Gogh collection

Virgin STRIVE Complete

A big thanks to everyone who sponsored me for the third leg of the Virgin STRIVE challenge in souther Italy. I'm almost over my £2,000 fundraising target and while it was an extremely tough 700km over 5 days, it was equally rewarding. 

Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and striving for a scary goal is the best way to grow.

57 Trillion

How do you create a global system that can pinpoint your location so easily that a child could use it? Simply slice the world up into 57 trillion 3x3m squares.

Say goodbye to postcodes, zipcodes and long addresses. All you have to do is remember three little words. Not only is this link my home address, it's my front door:

The commercial opportunities are huge for what3words. Think about drone deliveries and logistics companies using the software to send goods exactly where they're needed. Not to mention customisation of the squares. I'm sure consumers and companies would pay to personalise their offices, outlets and homes. Nike = Kellogs = snap.crackle.pop

Definitely one to watch.

A new kind of watch

On the hunt for a new watch, I came across American start-up Brathwait. They only offer their products online and ship worldwide for free. I love the minimalist design and their transparency on pricing really caught my attention. 

Mine is currently on it's way to the UK... :)

A Governmental Start-up

Disruptive technology and legislation don't go hand in hand. Government is always playing catch-up.

Industries can be rattled when new tech comes out and it takes years for laws to be debated and passed to create a so-called 'level playing field'.

Take Uber's recent predicament in London. Incumbent black cabs drivers are feeling the pinch as consumers opt for a cheaper and similarly efficient way to get around the capital. 

Government is finally acting. But why has it taken so long?

Changing the law in London 5 years after Uber comes to market is ridiculous. There should be tweaks to legislation along the way and current bureaucratic governments simply can't deliver this.

How about setting-up a start-up branch of the Government that can debate and propose changes to certain parts of legislation in a matter of months rather than years? I appreciate the how is rather complicated, but I feel it's worth exploring.

Disruptive technology should be allowed to thrive and no incumbent industry is too big to go under, but only if they fail to adapt in conditions that are fair for all.

Why Create A personal Website?

I thought creating my own site would be arduous, but it was a fun and simple process. 

You don't need to technically savvy or know how to code, there are lots of platforms that guide you from start to finish. 

The main thing I enjoyed while putting it together was thinking back on the things I'd done over the last few years. I now have a simple way to share my thoughts and info to family, friends and strangers wherever they may be.

I'd definitely give it a go yourself - whether you publish it or not.