Peter Day

Peter Day Global business correspondent

Welcome to the space where I gaze just over the horizon and pick up significant things affecting business, work and life as a whole just before they become common knowledge and jump into the daily headlines.

The firm hoping to make economy flights more comfortable

  • 10 December 2014
  • From the section Business
Acro seats
These seats, designed by Acro, use a thin, sculpted shape to maximise possible legroom

Chris Brady is 6ft 2in (1.9m) tall. So he really dislikes the experience of flying economy class in a plane.

So he decided to do something about it.

Mr Brady is an engineer who got into marketing when he worked for Virgin Atlantic.

He got bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, and in 2008 co-founded a company called Acro Aircraft Seating, based near Gatwick Airport in Sussex.

"I was fed up with banging my knees on the seat in front," he says. "Our idea was to create something better."

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The rise of new economies

  • 26 November 2014
  • From the section Business
The La Geode at Parc de la Villette in Paris
The Parc de la Villette is home to museums and the Geode cinema

The Parc de la Villette is where the Paris slaughterhouses used to be. It is now the third largest park in the whole city.

Transformed unrecognisably, it has become the home of a huge science museum and many cultural activities.

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The 'infosphere': Where philosophy meets technology

  • 12 November 2014
  • From the section Business
Luciano Floridi

Luciano Floridi is an Oxford University academic with an intriguing title: professor of philosophy and ethics of information. He works at the Oxford Internet Institute.

Prof Floridi has just written a book which takes a wide view of the great connectivity disruption of our times.

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Heating buildings using computers

  • 8 October 2014
  • From the section Business
The Chinese character for "house"
The Chinese character for "house"

Look closely at the Chinese character for "house".

Yes, it's obviously got a roof, but what's that under the roof? Rather stylised these days, it is, of course, a pig.

Read full article Heating buildings using computers

Why Vanity Fair covers business stories

  • 24 September 2014
  • From the section Business
Vanity Fair magazine

The glossy pages of the relentlessly celebrity-driven magazine Vanity Fair are a strange place to find really excellent reporting about business, but that is how it is.

In the October edition the editor Graydon Carter discloses at least one reason for this odd phenomenon.

Read full article Why Vanity Fair covers business stories

How Dundee became a computer games centre

  • 10 September 2014
  • From the section Business
Dundee
The city of Dundee has been home to a number of economic clusters

How do you create a cluster: a town, city, or region where businesses of a particular kind root, grow and may - eventually - become globally significant?

Many countries would love to know. Does this Silicon Valley kind of process happen by accident or design?

Read full article How Dundee became a computer games centre

Celebrating the joy of craftsmanship

  • 27 August 2014
  • From the section Business
Mathijs Heyligers, master violin maker, Cremona
Mathijs Heyligers is one of Cremona's numerous violin makers

In a world of robotics, where machines control machines, and people wait for the attention of an automated response system, it is wonderful to re-encounter a craftsman or woman.

With huge respect to the materials they use, they labour - their hands determining the utility, beauty or eatability of the things that slowly emerge from their work.

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The 30-year-old health sector billionaire

  • 14 August 2014
  • From the section Business
Elizabeth Holmes
Elizabeth Holmes is worth $4.5bn (£2.7bn)

Monitoring what's going on in your body has gripped California's Silicon Valley like a mania.

Enthusiasts wear two or three wrist bands to keep an eye on their blood pressure 24 hours a day.

Read full article The 30-year-old health sector billionaire

How mobile phones became fashion items

  • 6 August 2014
  • From the section Business
The late Steve Jobs
The late Steve Jobs led Apple's very successful move into mobile phones

I'm a bit slow-minded sometimes, but I'm beginning to wake up to what's happening to technology, right in front of our eyes.

It used to be something driven by engineers in laboratories, working on innovations that might take years to be turned into practical applications - the way that Teflon was a household by-product of the race to the moon.

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The importance of being a 'normal'

  • 16 July 2014
  • From the section Business
A woman wearing a Google Glass computer
The Google Glass wearable computer is currently of little use to "normals"

A useful new word jumped into my inbox the other week and it deserves a wider airing.

The word in question is "normals" and it describes the bulk of technology users - those of us who definitely don't queue up outside gadget shops for the midnight launch of the next new thing.

Read full article The importance of being a 'normal'

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About Peter

Peter Day started broadcasting about business for BBC News in 1975, and has been doing it ever since. In 1987 he took over as presenter of In Business, running for half the year on BBC Radio 4, and in 2000 he added the weekly BBC World Service programme Global Business.

Both programmes are pitched at listeners who did not realise they were interested in business... until they listened in. Both have a relentless common theme: change.

Peter grew up in rural Lincolnshire, went to Lincoln School, and then read English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He never expected to have anything whatsoever to do with finance, economics or business life. He still tries to stand at a slight tangent to the world of commerce.

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