Tom Kane's Blog

A word can change a mind. A sentence can change a life. A book can change the world

If you’re a fan of Douglas Adams’ book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy then you’re in good company. Millions of Sci-Fi fans the world over, and I mean millions as it’s sold over 15 million copies, have read the book, heard the radio show, watched the TV show, watched the movie, re-read the book […]

You never know what goes on behind closed doors. Here we are, setting up a self-catering holiday rental apartment, for which we already have a few bookings in August, September and October, only to discover the odd behaviour of some guests in such establishments. It’s not so much a matter of behind closed doors but […]

If you have ever been threatened in your life, you will know it’s not a pleasant experience. A direct threat of violence was pretty much all you would have expected in your life, until the invention of the world wide web, emails and social media. Now we can and are very much subjected to threats […]

The national health service in Cyprus is great in terms of actual health care. Admittedly there are differences between the UK and Cyprus. Food in a Cypriot hospital is only going to cater for Cypriot tastes, so if you don’t want your jelly sweet on your plate of sausages you had better say so. Nurses […]

In December 1917 the Great War had been raging since 1914 and many lives had been lost in combat on both sides. In the period coming up to Christmas that year, French soldiers were travelling back from fighting in Italy and attempting to go home. Travel was difficult in the Alps at the best of […]

Technology in the early part of the 20th Century was a new and wondrous experience for many people. But the infancy of any technological expansion will inevitably lead to human error, often with catastrophic and deadly consequences. The Paris M├ętro fire of 1903 also known as the Couronnes disaster, after the station where most deaths […]

Sir Winston Churchill once said, “England and America are two countries divided by a common language.” Being half British and half American, Churchill knew better than most the differences between our two people. He was of course correct in saying that and none more so evident than since Donald Trump came to power in the […]

We’ve heard a lot about AI (Artificial Intelligence) in recent years and how it will change our lives. There are some who feel AI could lead to the destruction of the human race, like something out of Hollywood’s Terminator films. That, to my mind, is a little over the top, but AI, robots and automation […]