Beautiful losers

olympic podium alternative
The Olympics are coming to my city of London. One of the most memorable moments of the Olympics are when an athlete is either extremely rubbish or gets an injury, but still finishes the race. They may be last but they always get huge applause because it’s the taking part that counts, so maybe they should have their own place on the podium.

Volcano snuffer

Iceland volcano sollution

Ok my flight is supposed to leave Milan monday night but it seems likely it will be cancelled due to the ash in the air from the volcano.  So I am without transport or accommodation soon. I went down to Milan train station to see if I can get a train to paris then a eurostar to London. The scene at the station must be similar to the last ash volcano disaster in Pompeii. A mixture of chaos and people standing very still, this time queuing up for a ticket.  If anyone out there has a spare seat or knows the best way to London (or Paris/Calais) please let me know. If you have any suggestions on stopping the volcano spew it’s ash add them in the comments and at least I’ll feel like I’m making progress on my escape plan. Thanks Dominic

iPad simplification

My idea this week is an accessory to transform the whizzbang iPad into a simple practical object that may be useful around the home, in this case a bookend.
I will probably buy an iPad at some point. It is a beautiful object and is apparently wonderful to use. I don’t think I’ll read books on it as a paper book has higher resolution text, is about four times lighter and doesn’t need a battery. The iPad will definitely be a success as an entertainment device, looking at photos, reading an e-magazine, watching a movie and visiting websites, but whether it will become a ‘useful’ thing is a bit of an unknown. Hopefully the people who make the software apps will come up with something that turns the iPad from a delightful luxury item into an essential piece of equipment. Maybe one day we will look back and think ‘what exactly did we do before the iPad?’ or maybe we’ll think ‘Well, it made a stylish bookend’. Your comments are very welcome…

You can see my other Apple related work I did for Esquire magazine’s 75th anniversary edition a while back here. If you’re new to my site check out the other fifty ideas I’ve had by going to the home page and scrolling down. Follow future ideas via Twitter/Facebook/RSS/Email