When the Spice Girls released Wannabe in the UK on 8 July 1996, nobody could have foreseen what followed: two years of what can only be described as world domination. ‘Spice mania’ reached across the globe, and while the group couldn’t sustain that level of success for long, they remain the most successful girl group of all time, achieving more in two years than many of their successors have achieved in a decade.
Exploring for the sake of exploring is a distinctly human thing to do. For some of us it needn’t mean a voyage to remote lands, it might just mean going on our jollies. Travel companies urge us to “Explore! Discover! Be inspired!” But is that fly-and-flop package-holiday really exploring? Not according to the dictionary definition, which is “to traverse or range over for the purpose of discovery”.
Three years after becoming the first British man for 77 years to win the Wimbledon singles title, Andy Murray will have another shot at home glory here on Sunday. A crushing 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Tomas Berdych – his fifth straight-sets victory in his six matches so far at the tournament - sent the 29-year-old Scot into a showdown with Milos Raonic, who is the first Canadian man ever to reach a Grand Slam final.
In the past two weeks I’ve met two people who introduced themselves as global nomads. By “nomads” they mean someone who moves from place to place with no fixed address, other than their email address. They consult wherever they go, and are enabled through technology to live and work from anywhere.