Monday Media -Shared Experience vs On-Demand consumption

Back in 1955, when television was just hitting its straps, Science Fiction writer Isaac Asimov wrote a short story called “Dreaming is a private thing.” The essence of the story was that people didn’t want a shared entertainment experience. He argued that people don’t want to have to get their entertainment according to someone else’s…

Travel Pics Theme: Fort-de-France

This week, our Travel pics series has been F for Fort-de-France. Our final picture is Fort Royal. You mean Fort Edward? No, Fort Royal. Are you sure it’s not Fort de la Republique? No, it’s Fort Saint Louis, I tell you! Confused? Don’t be – I will explain, I promise! The naval base and fort at what is now Fort-de-France…

Travel Pics Theme: Fort-de-France

This week, our Travel pics series is F for Fort de France. Well, strictly speaking this isn’t Fort-de-France – its the previous capital of Martinique, Saint Pierre. Or what’s left of it. Saint Pierre was the first European settlement on Martinique. It seemed like an ideal location – but then The Great Hurricane of 1780 produced a…

Travel Pics Theme: Fort-de-France

This week, our Travel pics series is F for Fort-de-France. We were in Martinique’s main port for just one day – on April 9, 2015 – while on a 25 night cruise from the Dominican Republic. We were travelling on the MSC Musica, on what I thought was an exceptionally good deal – a ‘re-positioning cruise’ that…

Travel Pics Theme: Fort-de-France

This week, our Travel pics series is F for Fort-de-France. The capital of Martinique, in the French West Indies, is not a particularly large city – with only about 165,000 people. In fact, the whole island has only about 350,000 residents and about 7% of the workers are employed in the tourism industry. Amongst those are the…

Travel Pics Theme: Fort-de-France

This week, our Travel pics series is F for Fort-de-France. Today’s image is of Britain’s HMS Severn (P282) tied up alongside the French navy’s Germinal (F735), at Fort Saint Louis, the French naval base in Fort-de-France. We took the picture in April 2015, as the Severn was on the final leg of her tour of duty in the…