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As patterns seem to form

The opinion polls indicate that the next UK General Election will bring a new government. The last time we were here was back in 2008/9 when one of the hot topics was “Digital”. Shadow Ministers spoke at events about the critical importance of digital, policy papers were published by think tanks and I, a member…

The fleshy aftergrass

Book of the month I tried reading a very highly praised debut novel and gave up after 30 pages. I’m not going to name it as the fault is with the reader but let’s just say that genre readers would have found it familiar and done better elsewhere. So instead two books I have yet…

The king of all lamps

Book of the month “As I moved with stiff legs along the reefs I slipped into the water. It was cold beyond belief – the very quintessence of deathly Arctic ice, so cold that it seemed to sear and bleach the skin.” Music of the month What could be more appropriate for the time of…

Roffa and the Mystery

Roffa liked her mornings to have structure. She started in the kitchen with a heaping bowl of Roffa food accompanied by pleading looks at any member of the family daft enough to try and eat their own breakfast while Roffa was hungry. Which was always. After breakfast Roffa would do a quick tour of the…

Low Cool

Computers started large and expensive so the business problems they were tasked with solving were similarly large and expensive. But most business problems and processes are small and not “worth” investing large amounts of time and money in. These problems are also usually out of management’s sight because they affect workers who are spoken at…

…sway the forest like a troubled sea

Book of the month The nights draw in and the mind turns to that which lurks in the dark… Music of the month Nostalgia makes my teeth itch but this is something special. Visuals of the month The Helen Saunders exhibition at The Courtauld is fascinating. The lives and work of women in 20th century…

Policymanship

Readers of the late great Stephen Potter’s works on Lifemanship and Gamesmanship may wonder if the same techniques can be applied in government. The answer is “Of course!” Here are a couple of examples of Policymanship in action. “Cutting grant fraud” Ministers are very keen to launch a big new business grants programme which will…

What is Twitter?

The ongoing destruction of Twitter by the idiot Musk has occasioned vast amounts of noise as people flee to Mastodon or even renounce social media entirely. As carts of apples are knocked over and small children separated from their mothers in the rush it’s becoming clear that everyone has a different idea what Twitter is……

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