Bad news for bikers?

I am, very rarely, a MAML – a middle aged man in leather, despite the fact that my lovely Virago – which is a proper noun and the name of a Yamaha motor cycle (as opposed to the dictionary definition of virago – here) – is hardly roadworthy at the moment, still I can, and do dream.

Uneasy rider: How Brussels could kill off the motorbike.

It would appear that those killjoys in Brussels (I believe it’s the first time that I have used the phrase) and London too, have planned the demise of the V-twin 553cc internal combustion engine that powers my motorcycle.

The Monday Morning Quote #682

“At some point you’d have to live as if the truth was true.”

Tamara Lindeman aka The Weather Station in “Loss”, a track from the album “Ignorance”

The Monday Morning Quote #681

“Talent is no good unless you practice”

Sharon Shannon….and here’s the proof:

The Monday Morning Quote #680

It is ok to fail.

It is ok to not be ok.

It is ok to be cold.

It is ok to be exhausted.

It is when you feel nothing that you really have a problem.

Brian O’Neill via Slugger O’Toole

Thanks for introducing me to the descriptive phrase, “Curling Parenting”.

The Monday Morning Quote #679

“Always take as long as the job tells you, because it’ll be there when you’re not; and you don’t want folk saying ‘What fool made that codge?’

Alan Garner, Author. Quoted in FT (Dec 18/19 2021)

The Monday Morning Quote #678

“There’s a set of rules that anything that was in the world when you were born is normal and natural. Anything invented between when you were 15 and 35 is new and revolutionary and exciting, and you’ll probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you’re 35 is against the natural order of things.” 

Douglas Adams

via John Naughton’s wonderful daily blog.

The Monday Morning Quote #677

“You are under no obligation to remain the same person you were a year ago, a month ago, or even a day ago.

You are here to create yourself, continuously.”

Professor Richard Feynman

The Monday Morning Quote #676

The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.

Madeleine L’Engle, writer (1918-2007) 

This will come to great relief to my wife – I hope….

Price yourself like Apple?

The way successful businesses price products and services always interests me, this is from the Wall Street Journal via Charles Arthur’s Overspill

Why $19 is Apple’s favourite price for accessories • WSJ

Analysts say $19 is also a sweet spot for well-to-do consumers willing to pay extra for basic tech products and services. “When you go below $20, those people don’t think twice about it, even if [the item] could be competitively priced at $1,” said Gene Munster, managing partner at venture-capital firm Loup Ventures.

The cost is also low enough to be an aspirational purchase for shoppers seeking products that make them feel special.

“Apple wants to make sure that their consumers constantly feel nice,” said Abir Syed, partner at e-commerce consulting firm UpCounting. Even if shoppers aren’t getting a good deal, he said, “they just feel fancy.”

But there’s a catch. Selling cables, adapters and polishing cloths far below $20 might put them in “cheap” territory. A lot of Apple’s success is based on its products’ positioning as an attainable luxury, something that costs a bit more but is justifiably worth it.

“At $19, you get the charm-pricing benefits [of a price ending in ‘9’], but it also sends the signal that this is a premium product,” Mr. Syed said.

Much of this pricing depends on where shoppers are doing their shopping. If you’re on Apple’s website or in an Apple store, you’re not bargain hunting the way you might be if you were shopping for a specific item on Amazon or at Walmart.

“A vast majority of people would say $20 is absurd for a dust cloth on Amazon,” Mr. Syed said. “At Apple, there’s a bit less of a comparison happening.”

In the case of Apple’s polishing cloth, selling it at $19 creates more demand than pricing it at $9, experts say. The $19 cloth became an internet meme shortly after Apple introduced it, which might help explain its hard-to-get status. And you likely won’t be paying less for it soon.

…and politicians wonder why the professions don’t rate them…

or “The Moral of the Roller-Skating Christmas Pudding”

From David Allen Green’s “The Law and Policy” blog.

According to a National Audit Office report, the Crown court backlog increased by 23% in the year leading up to the pandemic, increasing from 33,290 on 31 March 2019 to 41,045 on 31 March 2020. 

“The backlog increased a further 48% since the onset of the pandemic, to 60,692 cases on 30 June 2021.”

Last weekend there was the Bar conference, where the Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary Dominic Raab was invited to address those barristers who are (somehow) keeping the criminal justice system going, along with court officials, solicitors and others.

The Lord Chancellor did not turn up.

His civil servants sent a video recording instead….

It was an extraordinary exercise in political absenteeism.

And where was the Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary instead of engaging with legal professionals?

The Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary was with a roller-skating Christmas pudding: where he tweeted, “Great to open the Christmas festival in Walton today – wonderful to see the community out enjoying the festive fun, including the roller-skating Christmas pudding!”

“And, in a way, this a direct outcome of the change in the Lord Chancellorship in 2005, where the office ceased to be exclusive to a senior and experienced lawyer in the House of Lords (and usually their last job) and became just another political job for a politician in a hurry….”


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