in this issue
Poles Pushing Up the Social Ladder
moments in business history
Kodak’s Kiss of Death
No Cash Please – We’re Swedish
Poland – the Kuwait of Europe
Australia’s Impending Fuel Crisis
Baltic Pipe – Nordic Energy for Europe
Bicycles Out of Control
How to Control Stress
Movie Theatres Branch Out
Mo Abudu – Queen of Africa
Luxembourg – Much More than a Bureaucrat’s Banquet
Josh Kaufman and the Personal MBA
Untidy, Uncouth, but not Unintelligent
at the end
Book & Film Reviews
Letter from the Business English Magazine Team
Dear BEM reader,
Please could you just give me a moment? Can’t you see I’m busy? Look, stop hassling
me, this is all too much - I’m going to explode! And….. breathe. This month’s edition of
your favourite bimonthly business bumper gives you the low-down on how to deal with stress.
Janet Sandford gets out her yoga mat and will show you how to realign your chakra, and
even those of your employees.
In fact, the stress-busting advice is going to come in handy, because there are a few stories
in this edition that could send your blood pressure through the roof. Jonathan Moore drops
the bombshell that Australia could be about to grind to a halt due to a total lack of fuel, there
are bicycles being dumped everywhere - mostly in canals, Jonathan Sidor introduces us to
the evils of ransomware, in which computer bugs kidnap your data, we have an article on
taxes, which are never good news, and in Sweden, people are up in arms because the country
is abolishing money - well, the hard copy form of it, anyway.
But wait! Before you drop the magazine and run screaming for the hills, we also have some
excellent de-stressors to keep you on an even keel. Janet Sandford, having already shown us
how to chill out, also takes us to the idyll known as Luxembourg for a relaxing weekend or
longer. We also have news that Poland is sitting on an absolute gold mine, or molybdenum
mine, or something like that, and could potentially become a resources potentate to match
Kuweit. Michael Gaylord takes us to the cinema and actually pays for the popcorn, and Mr
Sidor drags us round the delightful streets of Monaco where we can rub shoulders with the
rich and famous.
So, you see, this edition of BEM is like life itself - a roller coaster of ups and downs,
highs and lows. So strap in, sit tight, and enjoy the ride.