When I was 15, back in the (ahem) 1980s, my school got its first computers. To use them, you had to join the computer club. My best friend and I thought computers were going to be A Thing in the future, so we signed up. …


I enjoyed recording the books I read last year, so here’s the 2017 edition.

I was reading two books at the end of 2016, but got distracted by a third, so the first entry for 2017 is…

Inside the former Commonwealth Institute (now the Design Museum). Photo by Chris Guy.
  1. The Story of the Design Museum, by Tom Wilson. When I was growing…


I went to New Zealand on an enormous, lumbering, double-decker plane.


When I first heard the term HiPPO — short for Highest Paid Person’s Opinion — I liked it a lot. Don’t we all? It’s convenient shorthand for those moments when a senior manager destroys weeks of work with the words, “I don’t like it,” or “I don’t think it’s right…


Five things I learned from product management that also applied to renovating my flat

Recently I’ve been having the cloakroom and bathroom in my flat converted into a new bathroom and a walk-in wardrobe, alongside some improvements in the bedroom. This means half my flat has been a building site. …


Back in May, we quietly released new versions of our article and gallery pages to 1% of the Mirror.co.uk audience. …


When we first thought about setting up a blog for our product and engineering teams, the obvious solution was to publish on our own platform.


In 2015 we worked with our CMS supplier, Escenic, to develop a live-blogging plug-in for Content Studio. Like most projects, developing Live Centre provided product and engineering challenges, but we also learnt about working in partnership.

Speed matters

In a world of 24/7 news, free access to hundreds of online publications and…


Inspired by Alex Watson’s Year in Books, here’s mine.

  1. Charmed Particles, by Chrissy Kolaya. Two families in Illinois have their values challenged when the main employer, a physics lab, wants to build a giant supercollider under the town, impacting the academic prospects of one character and the political future of…

Mary Lojkine

NZer in London, product manager at Trinity Mirror, travelling feet first in a green kayak. Personal views, not employer’s

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