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The Power of One Location

Joanne Smalley, Cardain Communications One of the first things people warn you about when you move to Mallorca, is the price of electricity. They are right; it’s frighteningly expensive. I have to smile when I think back on my days in Hong Kong. The government of that former British colony had so much cash that…
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The Thinking Maker

Michael Cagan of Think and Make It What do you think of when you hear the word ‘inventor’? Something like a classic mad professor but without the white coat and with greasier hair? Someone who sits around in his bathtub until he suddenly shouts “Eureka!” and a lightbulb shoots out of his head? Someone who…
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Dogged Determination

“I am never going to get another dog!” exclaims Ulf Bernström, looking fondly at the latest member of his four-legged family, the adorable white dachshound Vita. “Well, at least that’s what I said when Vita’s mother had her litter nine weeks ago. Never! I have enough dogs! No more dogs! Except this one!” We both…
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Shaken AND Stirred in Mallorca’s Gin Lane

Although I had tasted it before, all I really knew about gin was the famous print by William Hogarth: Beer Street and Gin Lane. According to the cheeky Hogarth as well as lawmakers at the time (late 1600 to early 1700s) gin drinking would lead to all sorts of criminal behaviour including rape and infanticide,…
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So Long! I Will Take Care of the Rest

Dealing with death digitally In a few weeks it’s been seven years since I stopped smoking. No, I don’t call it “gave up” because it was not a sacrifice. I was what some call a “social smoker,” which just means, well, a smoker; just not the type who reaches for the packet of life-giving smoke…
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Investing in Change

Jamie Brown’s 24th reincarnation All self-help books say the same: If you want to change your life, you have to start doing things differently. Ahhrghhh, okay, so taking two dogs and a lot of furniture and moving from the other side of the world isn’t change enough? Do I still have to do more? Evidently,…
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The Artful Codger

Alex von Moltke Hyper Modern “Old” Guy When did it become a “thing” that everybody has to go to university? When did it become the norm that you have to have a master’s degree in economics to wash dishes in a restaurant? Obligatory with a PhD to work at McDonald’s? No, the last one’s actually a…
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What? Has it been One Year?!?

News from the Olive Valley crew It’s hard to fathom, but Olive Valley is already one year old! And what a year it’s been. The members are flooding in, or as close to ‘flooding’ as you can get in Mallorca. For on this tiny island with not many people there are more entrepreneurs than you…
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A Woman’s Touch takes Tech to Top

German techspert takes on Google, wants women in tech to be more visible Would you believe me if I told you the first time I used the GPS function on my (four year old) iPhone was February 2020? That’s right. The first time. I don’t like relying on these things because I think they make…
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See the forest AND the trees

First of all, the name. Miombos. That was difficult to remember for me; so difficult that, when I wrote about the company in the story about Olive Valley’s fabled Dragon’s Den event I accidentally spelt it “Miombas”. I thought it was a Mallorquin word! How embarrassed was I when one of Miombos’ two founders, Selene…
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