The Wiki Man

My solution to unfair traffic fines

14 May 2022 9:00 am

My driveway now lies in the middle of an ‘Average Speed Check Zone’. It’s a wonderful arrangement – for me…

My plan to cut congestions on our roads

30 April 2022 9:00 am

Much of the current antipathy towards the car derives from the excessive influence Londoners exert over national debates. London is…

How to watch YouTube on your TV – and why you should

16 April 2022 9:00 am

According to Pliny the Elder, Scipio Aemilianus was the first man to shave daily. The origin of the name Boeing…

Should the young pay less tax than the old?

2 April 2022 9:00 am

In evolutionary terms, it is obvious why we get more conservative with age. Two strong forces, acting in the same…

The link between motorway service stations and shortages of PPE

19 March 2022 9:00 am

I spend quite a lot of time attacking what I call ‘motorway service station’ path design. More attentive readers of…

How to post a parcel without leaving your house

5 March 2022 9:00 am

Here’s a useful tip. Go to the Royal Mail websiteand you can ask your postman to collect letters or parcels…

Why restaurant food at home beats eating out

19 February 2022 9:00 am

‘The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be…

The myth of the typical Brexit voter

5 February 2022 9:00 am

In Jake’s Thing, Kingsley Amis gave it a name: he called it ‘the inverted pyramid of piss’: ‘One of [Geoffrey…

Is it really such a shock that some people drink at work?

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Thirteen years ago we shared an office building with a large international bank. A common lift connected both businesses to…

Things you didn’t know you needed

8 January 2022 9:00 am

The explosion in remote and flexible working accelerated by the pandemic slightly supports my assertion that the most important limits…

Everyone should be sick in the street once

18 December 2021 9:00 am

I learned a great deal at university, about half of it from a man called Raymond Foulk. Ray was not…

Why you shouldn’t always ‘follow the science’

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Fairly early in the pandemic it was widely accepted in scientific circles that the likelihood of outdoor transmission of Covid…

The key to happiness? Getting behind the wheel

20 November 2021 9:00 am

A friend of mine recently visited a company in Europe which plans to manufacture human-carrying, pilotless drones. These would be…

How men’s wardrobes prove constraints can be good for us

6 November 2021 9:00 am

One thing that surprised every-one during lockdown was how many people derived unexpected pleasure from living under imposed restrictions. Can…

The problem with online property searches

23 October 2021 9:00 am

In 1966, the legendary adman David Ogilvy set out to buy a home in France. He boarded a transatlantic liner…

The case for dodging cracks in the pavement

9 October 2021 9:00 am

It is interesting to consider what would have happened if the Covid virus had emerged in 1921. Or 1821. Or…

How do we calculate the value of a painting?

25 September 2021 9:00 am

There’s an intriguing conversation on YouTube between Mark Carney, former governor of the Bank of England, and the artist Damien…

The economic case for flexible working

11 September 2021 9:00 am

Is flexible working better or worse for productivity? What is the correct blend of remote and office work? Billions of…

Why no one wants their holiday to last forever

28 August 2021 9:00 am

I have been on holiday for two weeks. Well, not quite. You see, a bloke I once met told me…

Why cocktails are superior to wine

14 August 2021 9:00 am

I often argue that, in theory at least, well-made cocktails are indisputably better than wines costing 20 times more. My…

What do oven chips have to do with virtue signalling?

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Why does virtue-signalling matter? It’s a fair question. After all, if people display virtuous behaviour, need we care about their…

The CV trick that guarantees you an interview

17 July 2021 9:00 am

Sometimes the opposite of a good idea is, as Niels Bohr said, another good idea. But the converse is also…

Why I won’t buy a Tesla

3 July 2021 9:00 am

I loved the Ford Mustang Mach-E which I had on loan for four days. It was gorgeous to drive, and…

Charging ahead: how to get the best out of an electric car

19 June 2021 9:00 am

Where do you want to go? China or India? I have always found India infinitely more fascinating — for a…

Taking charge: it’s time to buy an electric car

5 June 2021 9:00 am

As a wise colleague once said: ‘Yesterday is a great time to buy a computer, because you have already enjoyed…