How do I know if it’s Queen’s Day (if I’m not in the Netherlands)?
Look closely at your favorite sites…
How can I join the latest Expat Explorer Survey?
The 2013 HSBC Expat Explorer Survey is open - the report is always a wealth of information about what it’s like to live and work in different countries worldwide. You can participate at this link.
How globally innovative is Europe?
The IEEE published this graph of commercially innovative enterprises in countries across Europe. Innovation is “new or significantly improved goods or services or the implementation of new or significantly improved processes, logistics, or distribution methods”, and the light blue is the innovative proportion of all enterprises. The solid blue wedge is those with significant partnerships with China or India; the dark blue with significant partnerships with US firms. The ranking is the number next to the name.
I’m surprised at how little innovation, relatively, is going on in the UK, considering all the government programs and rhetoric aimed at stimulating it. I’m not surprised that there are few global partnerships, though. Interesting too, that the Belgians are doing better than the Dutch, who are themselves not doing badly.
Why doesn’t Elizabeth abdicate like Beatrix (sensibly) did?
A BBC analyst commented yesterday that the British are simply different than the Dutch. When pressed, he allowed that Elizabeth is head of a church, unlike Beatrix. Presumably, then, God won’t let her quit?
And Charles looked on…
Where in the world are you today?
Check my Skype status: it always shows my week’s location. I’m still not very good on posting calendar.