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Comment Re:Let me see if I have the meeting right (Score 1) 467 467

It's something I never really understood. And it seems to be something that is actually pretty much an US thing. I don't see the same clinging to dress codes over here in Europe.

Interestingly, in the 3 different european countries where I've worked there's always been an employment contract clause about standard of attire. In some places it's loosely enforced, but if it's in the contract, people need to intelligent enough not to get themselves into trouble by looking and making the company look bad.

I think that overall in this thread there's an exaggeration about looking professional meaning there's less time to do the real work. A quick images search for Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard and their "humble garage" shows people dressed neatly for work.

If people need more specifics to get with the brief, I'd say that in my experience Dockers-like trousers and a plain shirt (long or short sleeve) always look right, as long as the clothes are clean. The company-issued tie seems to be a specific to manufacturing companies I've visited thus far. I find it funny (in a good way) to see everyone wearing the same tie, funny in the other way when my consultant turns up with the Looney Tunes tie.

Comment Video or it didn't happen (Score 2) 273 273

"Understand the connection between body, mind, energy, and spirit and how the interplay between these impact health and disease."

I hope that the University will publish the videos taken during the lectures and of the experiments conducted to show the connections between body, mind, energy and spirit. I think this transparency and level of disclosure will do a lot for the reputation of everyone involved.

Comment Re:It's not just a matter of taste, there's rent t (Score 2) 410 410

It's cheaper than the City, but still not the place to build machines or to have a growing team. I'd say companies need to go to the outside of Cambridge, Oxford, Northampton, Milton Keynes, any place more than 100Km from London to get a warehouse + office space that can be considered affordable. The talent pool will be different but you might get enough people who already moved away from the big city.

Comment Re:London's fantastic... (Score 1) 410 410

Before moving to the East Midlands, I lived in Camberwell (SE) for nearly 2 years and then in Brent (NW) for another 4. That's zone 2 and then Zone 3/4. Both had upsides and downsides, but the transport price was always going up faster than everything else. I could not suggest to anyone to live in a suburb of London in zone 5 or 6 as a cost saving strategy. Your average speed into town is higher than by Tube but if the overground trains are disrupted, you're too far away to have an alternative. When you're home you're too far from London to feel like traveling there to watch a show or something else that you cannot enjoy in the suburbs. I'd say that you either live where you can walk, cycle and use the bus for all your travel, or just move out for good.
In the end, I think that the secret to happy London living is to have a highly paid job that allows you not to live/commute there. Just enjoy the ride into the big city every now and again, enjoy the buzz, the touristy things, then make your way back to where you don't spend a huge part of your earnings on housing and transport. London is a special place for me, I would not want to ruin it by feeling stuck there.

Comment It's not just a matter of taste, there's rent too (Score 2) 410 410

My view on this, not being involved in the VC/startup/look_at_me_I'm_an_entrepreneur scene, is that there is a lot of political will to turn some of London into a technological hub, hoping that the money and innovation from Silicon Valley can be reproduced here. The trouble is... London is not cheap as SV used to be when it turned itself into an attractive place for techy companies to set up shop.

A garage in London is not a place to build the new consumer electronics giant, it is a place that is rented for hundreds or even thousands of pounds per month.

I think it's all great that people want more development and growth from high tech, but the "Silicon Roundabout" is not a place where universities, ambitious people with ideas and office space are all in an ideal state suited for new industry to bloom. The Silicon Roundabout is just north of the City of London, the place where there's only mature, cash rich companies and the Bank of England. It's more of a brand that costs a lot of money to join rather than being an organic growth phenomenon.

I'd much rather see the new tech hubs turning up away from London, so that all the techy smart people are not wasting their initial funding on paying extortionate rents and are actually doing what current day teach allows you to do: work from wherever suits you. As a nice side effect, new train routes could get more passengers and overcrowded London routes could get some relief.

If money can't buy happiness, I guess you'll just have to rent it.