Archive for February, 2014

Women in the (Turkish) workplace


Nice to be back in Istanbul again with my new job.

Most of the key people I met during today’s meetings were women – I would say a much higher proportion than you’d find in the UK. Not something most Brits would expect to encounter in Turkey, I would guess.

When I commented on this during one of my first visits in 2005 or so, I was told affordable childcare makes a key difference. Having a live-in ‘maid’ or nanny does not break the bank, as you can hire someone, typically from other areas of the country, to do this role.

Thinking aloud, what if we had immigration rules relaxed for home help in the UK?

Inflight entertainment


Nice to see Emirates in the photo at the top.

The flip side of the question – will inflight entertainment matter in a few years, when everyone has their own equipment? BYOD for the air? All you’ll need is your tablet and, probably a wifi connection, or a bit of planning to load your own stuff on before you leave.

Laughing Baby


Zara turned one last week.

It’s been a good first year. She’s well and is very good natured. She also likes to laugh a lot.