June 11, 2020

Last weekend a statue of Edward Colston was torn down in Bristol and thrown into the River Avon. Colston was involved in the Royal African Company, which during the 17th & 18th century had a monopoly on the English, and later British, slave trade. During the time he wa...

May 1, 2020

It’s the smell. It is the smell that divides smokers from non-smokers. Smokers love the smell of cigarettes. Non-smokers hate it. Don’t get me wrong, it is not the stale smell that lingers around on clothes the morning. It is the actual smell of the smoke coming off th...

January 30, 2020

Maybe, no…., probably due to my dance with the devil in 2017 I’ve been in a reflective mood for much of the last three years. Furthermore, later this year I will turn 50 and this has got me thinking about the passage of time, how we perceive it and how that perception...

January 22, 2020

Born in 1970 I am slap bang in the middle of Generation X, no hint of an overlap with either the Baby Boomers or the Millennials. I’ve also spent the last four years living in the Pacific Northwest, Generation X’s cultural homeland; home to Grunge and Douglas Coupland,...

January 18, 2020

Liberalism is a loaded term; it means very different things to different people. It certainly means very different things on either side of the Atlantic. I am an old-fashioned liberal. Literally, I am an old-fashioned Liberal. I come from the European classical liberal...

August 3, 2019

Link to the video of the 6th Annual Commercial Real Estate Symposium at UW which examined the issue of PropTech;


July 14, 2018

Today is Bastille Day. Bastille Day is a little different in the Stevenson house and has a meaning far closer to home than the storming of a Parisian gaol back in 1789. It was on this day in 1970 I arrived home for the first time. The arrival of a new baby into any hou...

February 22, 2018

A year ago I had no idea what Encephalitis was. I had vaguely heard of it, but that was it. This is despite an estimated 6,000 cases a year in the UK alone, 25,000 a year in the US. The figures are quite vague, and felt to under-estimate the true picture as many cases...

October 1, 2017

It is unbelievably 24 years this month since I moved to Dublin to start my PhD. That in itself is a scary thought. It is also, similarly unbelievably, 12 years since I left Ireland and moved to London. I have now been gone from Dublin as long as I was there, and that r...

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