Stuck in the middle of a shifting landscape

The Millennium Bridge, a 320-meter-long suspension bridge connecting London's financial district to Bankside, south of the River Thames, opened in June 2000. Thousands of pedestrians streamed over it.  At first, the bridge was still. Then it began to sway, just slightly. Then, almost from one moment to the next, the wobble intensified. Suddenly people were walking like tentative ice skaters: planting their feet wide, pushing out to the side with each step. Left, right, left, right, in near-perfect unison. The ...

CSR or a sticking plaster?

This month, the UK government announced its ‘responsibility deal’ to encourage healthier lifestyles in England.  More than 170 companies have put their names to a series of pledges covering physical activity, alcohol, health at work and food. There were a total of 19 core pledges agreed, such as the introduction of calorie counts on menus in cafés and restaurants like McDonald's and KFC. Seven major supermarkets and a number of drink manufacturers have promised to increase the proportion of drinks ...