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[15 Nov 2016 | Comments Off on Barcamp Southampton 2016 | ]
Barcamp Southampton 2016

Around 100 people descended on Central Hall in Southampton on 12 Nov 2016 for another Barcamp Southampton, an unconference for geeks of all types. My day was punctuated by a variety of sessions, and ad hoc dialogue during the breaks, discussing the current state of Tech and where it’s going.
Using skills built around a knowledge of IBM’s Watson, eight year old Faith demonstrated her working example of the Owl Chatbot. With considerable courage and confidence, Faith showed that your first ever barcamp session can be instructive and educational. Chatbots and …

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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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[14 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]
Was Darth Vader a 16th Century Samurai General?

Don’t you think there is a remarkable similarity between this Samurai outfit (made of polished black steel) and the outfit worn by Darth Vader?

The five piece Samurai outfit was donated to Sendai City Museum by The House of Date [Dah-teh]. The size and style of the ornate gold crescent fitted to the helmet indicates that it would have been worn by a very senior general indeed.

There is no information on the Sendai City Museum web site to suggest that George Lucas has ever visited their museum, so it’s pure speculation …

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[7 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]
Kate Adie’s 4 Golden Rules For Good Journalism

In early February 2016 I was fortunate enough to meet Kate Adie OBE, a well known BBC journalist.
Addressing a room of about 200 people, Kate gave an excellent account of how she progressed from being a relatively ordinary student, to her role in BBC local radio and then BBC regional television, before securing her mainstream position at BBC News. On moving from BBC local radio in the North East to what she thought was another radio job with BBC West, she was astonished to learn (on day one at BBC …

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[20 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]
Barcamp Bournemouth 7

The Marshmallow Challenge
Here’s a game that I haven’t played for 20 odd years, so I decided to run it as a session at #bcbomo7 on 18 Apr 2015.

Equipped with many packets of Marshmallows and packets of Spaghetti, the teams were challenged to build the tallest possible structure they could. The rules are pretty simple:

Use only your own marshmallows, and spaghetti, and nothing else.
Do not eat the other teams’ marshmallows.
Do not cut holes in the ceiling.
Do not cook the spaghetti.
The structure may not have any external support.

We had about 30 minutes …

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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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[25 May 2011 | No Comment | ]
I want to invest some money, what should I do?

When you want to invest some money start with the end in mind! Why are you doing this? At the end of the day, what do you hope to get out of it?
As an accountant I am not authorised under the Financial Services Act to provide investment advice, and that’s why I have not published this article on my business web site. I am going to talk, in general terms, about the tax consequences here. But, you should remember that with any investment there will be other commercial and legal …

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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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[11 Mar 2010 | No Comment | ]

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Global Regulation – what do customers want from banks?

Allow me to introduce myself! I’m the guy who likes GTD. That’s “getting things done”. I got you to look at my blog didn’t I!

I’m known as Proactive Paul and I am The Proactive Accountant Dot Com. At Proactive, we like getting things done! We are the sort of accountants that don’t hang around, don’t delay the work, and don’t waste …

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[25 Nov 2009 | No Comment | ]
Cash, Systems, People

More Profit in Less Time – The Wednesday Tip
Cash, then Systems and then People. That’s the way to grow a business.
It’s true that more than 50% of small businesses fail before they reach their 3rd anniversary. And the biggest reason that businesses fail is a lack of cash. So in order to give yourself a sporting chance, your new business has to focus on bringing in cash.

If you can’t do that in the early days, then you really don’t have much of a business.
Once the theory starts working in practice …