Archive | February 4, 2015

IBM Should Donate Hursley House To The U.K. National Trust, Sell The Rest To Be Turned Into A Retirement Community.

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by Anura Guruge


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As I tried to be as lucid as possible in my prior post 24 hours ago, IBM’s ‘applied research’ R&D facilities, the so called ‘Laboratories’, have not been pulling their weight for years.

Hursley House. IBM must donate it to the National Trust.

IBM, with its stockholders taking a beating, cannot afford to be sentimental anymore. Some of these Labs, especially the expensive European Labs, have to be closed down. In all cases IBM can make billions on their Real Estate investment. This was ALWAYS the plan from way back in the 1950s. Pick prime RE for the Labs so that if nothing else the RE will appreciate and be worth a fortune. That part has worked, and worked well. IBM is sitting on an absolute gold mine when it comes to RE — much of it associated with the huge sprawling campuses of the Labs.

Plus the original basic rationale for the European Labs is no longer relevant. In the 1950s IBM started building Labs in all of the major European countries to show its commitment to that country and as such gain favorable treatment when it came to doing business there. Those days are long gone. IBM having a Lab in a country is no longer a major factor. So why waste money.

IBM’s absolutely picturesque Hursley Park (where I used to work) is a case in point. Whatever is being done there these days can be moved to places with cheaper labor and much less expensive infrastructure costs. IBM no longer has the luxury of owning showcase locations like Hursley. That privilege now falls to the likes of Google, Apple, Samsung and Facebook.

hursley_site_detailHursley House, where the iconic Spitfire of Battle of Britain fame was designed, is historic and magnificent. It also still has, I hope, the Wedgewood Room which featured the eponymous china embedded into the wall. IBM should donate the house to the U.K. National Trust and get some Tax Credits and bucket fulls of goodwill. The rest of the campus should be sold to a developer to be made into a stunning, luxury retirement community. Basically that is what it is now. Actually most of the building could be easily converted into high end condos. Many of the IBMers working there could just move in there. They will all have good pensions from IBM.


The Bright Object Close To The Moon, In Early February 2015, Over New England, Is Jupiter.

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That is Jupiter. And that is quite the conjunction.

I first thought it was Venus. But, I looked it up. Venus would have been a tad smaller.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 was full moon. Teischan and I were driving, alongside the west side of Lake Winnipesaukee, around 5:15 pm on Tuesday. The moon was HUGE when it came out. Looked like a Super Moon, but it wasn’t. It kept us company, to our left all the way back to Alton, across the Lake. It was spectacular. I wish I had a camera.


What Happened To Anthony Melchiorri’s “Hotel Impossible” ‘Top 10 Blowups & Meltdown’ Episode?

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I refer to this “Top 10 Blowups & Meltdowns” episode that I am sure was scheduled to run today, Tuesday, February 3, 2015.

I did a post about it last week. Here is a graphic from that post.

I went to record that episode today and it was NOT running. Some flaccid ‘encore’ mashup, from 5 seasons, “Top 10 Amazing Transformations“. I didn’t want to see that. We have already seen all of them — or at least most of them. I wanted the never before seen footage.

So what happened?

I can’t even find when the “Meltdowns” is now scheduled to be aired.

Did they run into a legal issue? (Woodstock Inn? Autoport Motel and Clems?) I do not know. I am curious. But, for now, just sharing.

Click to ENLARGE.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015 episode — one day ahead of Sri Lankan Independence Day. There is a rumor that Anthony is redoing the historic Mount Lavinia Hotel in Sri Lanka in the next series.

Click here to access the “Hotel Impossible” site on the “Travel Channel” Website.


Of course, it goes without saying, that the now notorious “Woodstock Inn” will feature, big time, in one or both of these shows. That seems predestined.

I am curious whether the ‘Autoport Motel’ (Pennsylvania) will get a shout-out. They should. We read the post filming commentary that rolls across the screen at the end of each episode. Right after the episode was filmed the owners of the Motel got sued, by the ex-wife of one of them, for trademark violation on the name ‘Clem’ — the Motel’s restaurant. Appears that the ex-wife also had a ‘Clems’ in Pennsylvania. Given that I am somewhat familiar with divorce, ex-wives and trademarks this struck me as odd. Was it JUST a coincidence that they got sued following all the commotion that must have ensued when the show was being taped. The ex-wife must have known about the ‘Clem’ in the Motel. If the lawsuit came about because of the publicity I have to believe others are going to get nervous. Interesting. Deanna has already instructed me to tape the 2 shows — to add to 5 we still have, unwatched, on the DVR.

I am hoping that we might even get to see a sneak preview of “The Budapest Hotel“.


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