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[8 Jul 2009 | No Comment | ]

More Profit in Less Time – The Wednesday Tip
Fit and healthy people perform better at work. If you want to become more productive and more profitable, ask yourself if you are overweight and eating the wrong sort of food. I am trying to stick to a Japanese diet. By that I don’t mean that I am on a diet, I simply mean that my daily intake of food has to support my objective to live a longer, healthier life.

Do you struggle to reach for stuff at work if it’s high …

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[3 May 2009 | No Comment | ]

World Affairs on Sunday
I am in Japan at the moment and enjoying a different twist to my usual healthy diet. By Western standards, it’s extraordinary what they eat for breakfast here. A full Japanese breakfast includes fish and rice and soya! Soya is everywhere, in the miso soup, in the tofu and in the soy sauce. I worked it out once, that in a single day I consumed soya beans in 17 different manifestations!
They can do the same sort of things with rice – there must be umpteen different ways …

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[19 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]

World Affairs on Sunday
Mini Barcamp Fukuoka is taking place on Tuesday 5 May 2009 in the evening. It’s going to be the first Barcamp in Fukuoka, and it’s going back to the roots of traditional barcamps. To help all of the visitors appreciate what that means a very detailed guide has been set out on the Barcamp web site.

When you really get into the spirit of a barcamp, it’s easy to tell everybody about the things that interest you. And often, that’s the things you’re doing in your side project. …

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[12 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]

World Affairs on Sunday
News has reached me that the pedestrian crossings at Oxford Circus are going to be redesigned to allow us to cross in both a direct sense and diagonally. That’s the way most big crossings are laid out in Japan. The other thing they do in Japan is understand that bicycles should be allowed on pavements.
I’m not suggesting that bicycles should use all pavements at all times, but looking at the issue with my Japanese head on it seems to me that a cyclist is an entity which …

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[22 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]

World Affairs on Sunday
By all accounts, the UK and much of the Western World is heading for deflation in the latter half of 2009. It may already be the case that the Republic of Ireland has a deflationary economy, although it may take a few more weeks for the stats and the headlines to confirm this.
I am told that the only country that expects to see continuous growth in output in 2009 is China, though even that is set to drop from about 12% to about 6%. And that illustrates …

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[17 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]

There are certain businesses that are doing well out of the current economic climate. Dominos Pizza for one! It seems that more people are switching from eating out as a treat, to getting a pizza delivered.
The latest stimulus, quantitative easing, was tried out in Japan when they hit recession about 10 years ago. One thing I noticed (and I visit Japan annually) was a distinct change in the ambiance in local parks. Tented cities began to appear. A mix of tents and blue tarpaulins became the homes of hundreds of …