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Ancient script is no longer a puzzle

One pastime that I enjoy is the solving of crossword puzzles. It is a pursuit that helps to improve vocabulary, to extend general knowledge, and to provide gentle daily mental exercise. Sceptical and critical readers will be hoping that these benefits someday reflect in the style and content of this column.

E-marketing the only winner in mail dispute

Royal Mail chiefs have stated that the latest wave of strikes could cost the carrier up to 260m.

The best managers can make money in print

Media & Print Investments Mike Dolans entrance into the world of print reminds me of the old industry joke: How do you make a small fortune in print? Start off with a large one.

The psychology of colour choice

Scientists at Newcastle University recently published, in an issue of Current Biology, the results of research examining the colour preferences of the sexes. Any colour predilections were deem-ed to be biologically based and not culturally, a conclusion reached from the inclusion of European and Chinese subjects in the study.

Kodak and Xerox lead the fight against the counterfeiting that blights print

On foreign trips to places like China, many of us delight in haggling for apparently branded goods in the street markets. This is for items we obviously know to be fakes such as Rolex watches and French perfumes, but also for products such as designer shirts and shoes that are most likely made in the same factories as the high-priced goods we buy at home. And thats not to mention pirated items such as CDs.

Watching Inkski with interest

Normally I receive the first daily news via the wireless, usually favouring the Today programme on Radio 4. Exceptions to this habit do occur when staying in a hotel and resorting to early morning television news. Do not attempt to divine any logic in this behaviour.

Borrowing crisis is not helped by media hype

The issue of finance is a hot topic right now, with virtually every news media outlet screaming: UK set for credit crunch. So, perhaps nows not the best time to focus on borrowing (p32). Or, perhaps, its the perfect time?

Directors, beware: the Companies Act will change the way you do business

Heard the one about the law with 1,300 sections and 16 schedules containing rules that come into force on 1 October? Well, its no joke and if you havent done so you should be looking at the Companies Act unless you want a punchline with the words fine and disqualification.

FFEI and Nilpeter partnership utilises past experiences to produce Caslon

I have previously written about the potential of hybrid printing and inkjet. At this months Labelexpo, there will be a significant product launch: Nilpeters Caslon colour inkjet unit, jointly developed with FFEI. I accepted the offer to take a look at...

An increasing fetish for offlish

My fondness for the English language is limitless. It is a precision instrument in competent hands and has a remarkable elasticity for expressing fresh ideas.

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