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[11 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]
Boris Johnson on Police in London

Amongst all of the discussion about the UK riots in early August 2011, one tweet stood out from all the rest.

Dan Hogan appears to have hit the nail on the head. And, seems to be saying what is really obvious, even if that runs counter to the “professional lie” employed by “those in the know”.
If you are reading this at some point long after August 2011 you may need reminding:

Rioting started in London on Saturday 6 Aug 2011.
On Monday 8 Aug 2011 there were 6,000 police officers on duty when …

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[18 May 2011 | No Comment | ]
There are two types of people

I have, today, been to quite an exciting and entertaining meeting of the London Blog Club where a strange ranty lady extolled the virtues of being strange and ranty and a lady. Unfortunately, I fail to qualify on all three counts.
But I did, in a roundabout way, learn a lot about communication.
Granted, a big ego can entertain a room, and strange ranty lady did get quite a few laughs and seemed to get away with a good deal of profanity. However, I am not sure that she had a message …

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[9 Mar 2010 | No Comment | ]

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If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got
Apparently, Einstein is credited with the expression . . .
“Insanity . . .”
“the art of doing the same old thing and expecting better results”

That’s probably why businesses try to re-invent themselves every three years, and try to modify where they sit in the market. Many years ago I started on the professional speaking circuit …

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[5 Mar 2010 | No Comment | ]

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When is it safe to use a bicycle?

Over the height of the winter, I barely cycled anywhere. In the past few days I have been out and about again, on the bike, rather than on the Tube.
Two things occur to me. On a bike I can time my journeys perfectly. On the Tube, the changes to the Circle Line and the Hammersmith and City Line have had an adverse …

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[5 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]

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Lifestyle Saturday
It’s on my doorstep and I have lived in London since 1995! The South Bank has an array of Arts venues, restaurants and shops (and a handful of tourist attractions) and I have been there a number of times.
Today, I have found out that they have a calendar of free events as well! That’s the power of Twitter!

So tomorrow at 3pm I am going to watch an expert …

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[30 Aug 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

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Personal Development on Sunday
Would you like to run the London Marathon? As your first ever marathon?
Not I!
It’s been several years in the offing, and next spring I’m going to be ready to run my first marathon at the age of 47! I live in London, and I do not relish the idea of joining my local marathon with thousands of participants and all that razzamatazz. In London, newbie runners …

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[13 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]

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Technology Thursday
Two things that I really enjoy are public speaking and messing around with computers. I am both an extrovert and a geek. So I am very pleased that PresentationCamp London is on the horizon and (amongst other things) will attempt to answer the modern question “how do you manage an effective presentation in this era of high tech”?
That’s especially relevant if you’ve ever had the experience that I’ve …

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[13 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]

Lifestyle Saturday
On account of this weeks Tube strike I made a number (more than the usual handful) of journeys in London, by bike. And for the first time I noticed a “new” white bicycle on Old Street near the junction with Goswell Road. There are also a couple near me just off Mountpleasant and just off the Dalston Road.

I know why they are there, though many people do not. These Ghost Bicycles are a simple memorial to a cyclist who has died in an accident.
It seems that London cyclists know …

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[29 May 2009 | No Comment | ]

Friday Feedback

What is it that makes something great? What makes you go back for more? What is your “Wow Factor”.
Uncharacteristically, today’s Friday Feedback slot just fell into place even before I ate breakfast. I went to Toastmasters last night and this morning I was chatting to my wife as we prepared breakfast. She asked me why I go all the way over to Victoria for the London Corinthians meeting. And then we discussed the difference between good and great.
Then it came to me in one of those “Aha Moments” and …

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[16 May 2009 | No Comment | ]

Lifestyle Saturday
A few months ago, the one way system around Aldgate was given an overhaul, and a good proportion of it has reverted to two way working. As a pedestrian, a cyclist and a motorist, I have to tell you that in all three categories, I find the new arrangement is worse.
As a pedestrian I encounter more crossings with well intentioned but absurdly stupid signal phases. Crossings not present where they are really needed, and then last week a new crossing has appeared in the middle of a 100m …