Daily Archives: March 20, 2008

John Gapper

The topic of the falling burglary rate in western countries has always interested me. It seems a fair bet that burglary has been in decline because there is less point to stealing stuff such as televisions and DVD players.

I wrote a column about it in 2004, which included this paragraph:  Read more

John Gapper

You win some and you lose some has always seemed to be Virgin’s business model. In the case of Virgin Mobile USA, the pre-paid phones venture of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, it has been mostly the latter.

Virgin Mobile USA has put in a spectacularly bad performance since its US initial public offering in October. It floated at $15 a share and closed yesterday at just over $2 a share. It has dropped steadily since the IPO and last week lurched downwards on a gloomy earnings forecast. Read more

John Gapper

This is my review of Richard Florida’s Who’s Your City, his new book about the rising economic strength of cities compared with the suburbs and countryside. I liked it a lot although I did have one criticism of the format. You can read the review here and post comments below.

John Gapper

The world moves fast these days. Barely has one heard of something than it turns into a phenomenon.

Take the Clover filter coffee machine, which I learned the other day from perusing a local blog is an $11,000 machine that somehow makes better filter coffee than almost any of the alternatives. Read more