OY! Language

The language that we use or hear is often indicative of our environment. When walking through Tokyo the language all around was unfamiliar and cryptic in the sense that it didn’t register with me and I could not be a part of the conversation. Likewise, in certain environments the language used is unpalatable and can […]

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The RMD Protocol

When I jump into the car the Bluetooth system immediately starts downloading the contact list from my phone. It’s brilliant because even before I’ve buckled up, cranked up the Kurt Elling album and selected first gear, the full phone book is ready and available for hands free calls. Great technology. Is it really that simple? […]

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The Confidential Truth

Person A walks into a room full of people, they walk over someone and instantly starts connecting.  Stories are shared, laughter erupts and the evening is a glorious night to remember. Person B walks into a room full of people, they get out their phone, skim the edge of the room and pour themselves a […]

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Cut Throat Change

Change feels good. Wait, wait don’t close your browser…read on. Change feels good because it rocks things about and although the boat becomes unstable, there is a weird thrill being in a rocking boat. Learning a new skill or taking your current gifting to the next level can take it out of you.  Lately I […]

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The physical components have changed throughout history.  Be it a carving in the rocks, a wax seal or an electronic timestamp.  These were all elements of a moment worth marking, worth remembering.  The point of these symbols was to make a permanent memory, an indelible mark that could not be erased. We make choices each […]

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A Different Space

Whether you are promoting a product, selling an idea or highlighting a particular cause or belief, the communication of these things has changed.  I used “has” on purpose, because it has already changed. There was a time when handing out leaflets on the street corner might have worked, but it simply doesn’t now.  You are […]

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Wearing sunglasses indoors

My sunglasses are still enjoying their recent promotion during the recent sunny period we’ve had in the North West of England.  Having been previously resigned to the bottom of the stairs on the off chance that there might be a job for them, they are now honoured with a ‘driver door pocket’ location.  They are […]

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Princeps Pacis

“Take back the city for yourself tonight I’ll take back the city for me Take back the city for yourself tonight Whoa whoa” The first few lines from Snow Patrol’s 2008 hit “Take back the city” has always caught my attention,  there was something about the words that spoke to me, beyond the tribute to […]

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Scheming SATNAV

I have a big brand SATNAV, I have Google Navigation on my phone and I also have another brand of SATNAV on my phone. You could say that I like to know where I’m going. If I have a meeting to get to or if a new independent coffee house has opened up, I’ll just […]

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Download Ready…

I try to have a pencil, a pen or a mobile device on my person all the time.  You just never know when those song lyrics may arrive, or that process map will hover over the Panini that you’re about to order.  Sometimes the ideas that can change the course of your day, your career […]

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S*#!?%* Music

I don’t believe in secular music. It’s not that I don’t like secular music or that I don’t approve of it. I don’t understand what it actually is. Music has a powerful yet gentle, moving and stubborn personality.  It is all things to all people and it can mean nothing at all.  I find that […]

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I have Rights you know!

“What about my rights”, you’ve heard it so many times. Human Rights, Animal Rights, Work Rights and any other section of society seems to claim their ‘Rights’. Rights are in place to protect, to assist and to act as a framework that ensures that justice prevails and prejudice doesn’t get airtime.  Rights can often be […]

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Faster than Roadrunner

At 186,282 milesper second light is pretty fast.  I do believe that there is nothing that can travel as fast as light.  There was a near miss recently when the scientists behind the Large Hadron Collider thought that they had raced particles round their17 milecircuit faster than the speed of light.  It was thought that […]

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It is said that 22 seconds is the optimum time for water to be pressed, at high pressure, through a group handle and squeeze out dark full flavoured espresso topped with a head of tight foamed crema.  Now, to stop there and say that 22 seconds is all that is necessary for a champion espresso […]

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The Marriage Curveball

In the next couple of months I have the privilege of attending two weddings, both couples are very close friends. It sounds great that there are weddings to be invited to, and you could argue that it is a sign of my world right now. A sign of an age where similarly positioned peers are […]

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The Crash

Life has a funny habit of getting in the way.  Getting in the way of our plans. Stepping out into the road when we are in full flow, and the effects are often crushing, debilitating and usually unexplained.  In times like this, when we feel so alone, so isolated, just know that there is a […]

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