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[19 Sep 2016 | No Comment | ]
Health and Exercise – The Rewards

I’m the same as you. I go through episodes of healthy eating and exercise, and then I regress and end up taking a couple of steps backwards for every step forward. If we’re not careful, a self reinforcing feedback loop can arise and we all end up back where we started, if not worse off than before!

However, around 10% of people readily have the perseverance to overcome this dilemma.
It is said that “WeightWatchers” (not that I’ve ever been there) thrives by providing repeat services to the 90% of people who …

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[1 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]
Not a Vision

HackCambridge took place over the weekend of 31 Oct and 1 Nov 2015 with the objective of getting a bunch of geeks to contribute ideas which might help the citizens of Cambridge to lead more satisfying lives. Anybody who knows Cambridge will quickly understand that this involves (largely but not exclusively) getting cars, buses and bikes to move along the highways more efficiently.
Many serious hacks were completed and presented, and although mine was clearly tongue in cheek on the one hand, I was also trying to make a serious point. …

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[13 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]
I need a Business Plan!

One of the biggest reasons that people don’t do things is that they don’t know how. If they did know how, would that make it easier for them?
That’s definitely true of writing business plans, and although there are scores of books and websites out there which all claim to help, the “business plan” still seems to be a huge challenge. So here’s my simple recipe. And all you need is just three (good old fashioned) sheets of paper.

Year on year growth of 20% would be great. If you don’t have …

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[12 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]
Hack To The Future – The Movie

The event “Hack To The Future” was born out of a deep passion for proper computing. The brainchild of Alan O’Donohue, and with the support of many teachers and a fledgling movement called “Coding for Kids” this inaugural event on 11 Feb 2012 fired the imagination of all who took part.

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The next step is to promote more proper coding, and proper computer science in schools. If this is something you’re interested in follow BBC North as details will soon emerge about the next event on 5 Mar 2012. And it …

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[10 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]
Hammersmith flyover to reopen in 2016

Last night on the London evening news we learnt that the Hammersmith flyover which closed on 23 Dec 2011 will stay closed for a lot longer than was first thought.
It may be reopened to light vehicles using one lane in each direction, for the duration of the Olympics, and then be closed again while structural repairs are made.
OK, here’s the puzzle. If the flyover is that badly damaged, why don’t we just knock it down and rebuild it to modern standards? At least that way the plan is definitive, the …

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[10 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]
Getting Things Done – A 7 Step Recipe

It is said that “people who fail to learn from their mistakes are doomed to repeat them”.
I think you could take that one step further and say that any challenge that we face can be made easier simply by keeping track of what we do and by aiming to do it slightly better each time we encounter it. It’s not that we are competing against the rest of the world, but simply competing against ourselves. Perpetually trying to achieve a “personal best” every time.
Imagine if you were a 14th Dan …

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[11 May 2010 | No Comment | ]

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Cate Trotter highlights the trends

This morning, whilst looking around for London events on Eventbrite, I stumbled across a talk at The British Library which has two different titles, depending on which web site you’re looking at:

Eventbrite Profiting from Green – How to Make the Most of Key Future Trends
The British Library The cutting edge of green – For all businesses wanting to capitalise on the growth of green

Luckily both …

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[16 Mar 2010 | No Comment | ]

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Use your imagination

I’m working on a new Wiki at the moment, and Benjamin Ellis has given me a useful idea! In a tweet from SXSW – that’s a big conference for geeks (and others), held every year in the USA – Benjamin said:

Now, whilst he was probably thinking in broader terms than I, it made me think a bit more about the nature of the Wikis which I’m running. …

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[9 Dec 2009 | No Comment | ]

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More Profit in Less Time – The Wednesday Tip
Business owners often focus on individual clients and individual needs. Whilst that can be a good thing in some ways, it can be detrimental in others. Particularly when you unintentionally end up neglecting other clients.

It has been suggested that we should take a holistic view. Concentrate (as it were) on making a beautiful garden. Birds and butterflies will come and go. …

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[25 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]

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Friday Feedback
When we start out in business we are supposed to write a business plan. Only 5% of small businesses in the UK actually write it down!
People often ask me what they should do about a business plan. “Write it down!” is what I tell them, and keep it simple. If you don’t know where to start, start here. And then if you want to succeed, just follow the …