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My 2016 Top 10 albums

Over the last three years, I have been posting my top 10 albums of the year on my twitter and private Facebook account. As I while away the last few days of 2016, I have posted my 10 albums of the year below. It definitely does not conform to any critics list and has my usual guilty pleasure album. See if you like the music as 2016 draws to an end.

No 1. Chaleur Humaine — Christine and the Queens
No 2. This is Acting — Sia
No 3. Nothing’s Real — Shura
No 4. Freetown Sound — Blood Orange
No 5. Potential — the Range
No 6. Volition — Phoria
No 7. Not to Disappear — Daughter
No 8. We Got it from Here.. Thanks 4 the Service — A Tribe Called Quest
No 9. A Seat at the Table — Solange
No 10. Remember us to Life — Regina Spektor

So a list dominated by woman power pop, electro ambient and some exciting hip hop R&B. Albums that just missed out were Woman by Justice; Close Eyes to Exit by Klangstoff, Konnichiwa by Skepta and Black America Again by Common.

The artefacts of change

The business school is closed for the end of year holidays and while many students have taken the opportunity to recharge by spending time with families or travelling with friends, I have spent most of it at home doing errands and day trips. I personally hate contending with the crowds and traffic at Christmas. Nonetheless,… Continue Reading

Demonetisation but not as we know it

Much has been written about the impact on daily life arising from the Indian government’s decision to withdraw certain denominations of cash from legal tender in a bid to curb corruption. I personally don’t know enough about the situation in India to make any kind of judgement but it has been fascinating to hear from… Continue Reading

Playlist for those end of term exam blues

All the Cambridge MBAs breathed a huge sigh of relief this week as they finished their Cambridge Venture Project (CVP) presentations to clients as varied as ARM, Jaguar Land Rover, one of the first investors in Linkedin etc. The mood went stratospheric when news that Tom Stanley in the current class was in the starting… Continue Reading

Thanksgiving playlist

It’s Thanksgiving weekend in the US but the pace of the Cambridge MBA means that there is little holiday respite for our American students. Students are balancing their course work with their careers search, participation in college activities and also their Cambridge Venture Projects. It is a stressful time so I thought I would share… Continue Reading

The MBA industry

I am in Denver this week for the GMAC Annual Industry conference. This is the get-together for admissions professionals all around the world and it continues to grow year-on-year which is a reflection of the healthy global market for management education. One indicator of just how large the GMAC conference has become is the number… Continue Reading

That Cambridge-Oxford rivalry

Recently, my Facebook timeline was flooded with our alums posting an article written by the Economist about how the city of Cambridge was pulling ahead of Oxford in terms of economic growth. There was, as you can imagine, a certain sense of good-humoured triumphalism in some of these posts. I am not a subscriber to… Continue Reading

Dominant paradigms in MBA programmes

Last week, I listened to the BBC Radio 4 programme the Bottom Line where the host discusses topical business issues with some guests. I have never tuned into this programme before and the only reason I did on this occasion was because our Head of PR told me that the topic would be business schools.… Continue Reading