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Another Blow for the Small Man

December 18th, 2008

Or woman in this case. I just love it when big corporate enterprises are brought to attention by a person working with resolve and right.

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Understatement of the Year?

December 12th, 2008

"This is a landlocked country. And its formal and informal economies would suffer. Within a week, it would bring the economy on its knees," a senior US official said in Washington on condition of anonymity.

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There Snow News

December 3rd, 2008

Boing! Boing! Boing! Hello, here is the something o'clock news. England has come to a stand-still again due to the half inch of snow that has fallen in the last 24 hours!

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There is a God

December 2nd, 2008

"Only one group is more miserable than the retailers: the bankers and investment bankers."

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These teenagers will take care of business...

November 20th, 2008

"Teenagers 'optimistic about jobs', 90% felt they would find work and more than half rejected the idea of signing on." (Teenagers 'optimistic about jobs'). Well we have been telling them for years to 'fulfill your destiny', 'stand up for yourself' and 'you can do it', should we be surprised?

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Kenyan Gravy Train Gathers Speed

November 19th, 2008

Africa has gained a reputation over the years of corruption and many Western countries have made big noises especially when discussing aid. So well versed are these arguments that you hear normal 'on the street' Joes using that as a reason 'not to give aid to African countries'.

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Surprise Surprise - noses in the trough then...

November 14th, 2008

Well, you could have knocked me over sideways - The administrators of the UK and European arm of bankrupt investment bank Lehman Brothers are making better money than the bankers. [See Lehman's administrators paid more than the bankers]

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As good as it gets?

November 13th, 2008

In Zimbabwe, Arthur Mutambara, head of an MDC breakaway party which is also involved in the agreement, said the offer was "as good as it gets". Arthur needs a reality check! News story here - MDC rejects Zimbabwe cabinet plan.

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The lowest common denominator

November 9th, 2008

I came across this blog entry The Reason Obamaism Won't Last - in the middle of the euphoria of Obama's election as the president of the USA. Whilst I have my own reservations about the elation of this momentous occasion, I still recognised the significance of this election.

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Palin - Probably the first female US President.

November 5th, 2008

Well strike me sideways, I personally thought Obama would not do it, Privately I thought this would be high turn-out at the last minute - of the people that the pollsters will not have expected to vote - to ensure he did not win. So far he is only 4% ahead in the popular vote but the job has been done.

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Our banks keep all the money

November 4th, 2008

Not only have we thrown billions at them to save them from their own greed, we now have to ask the greedy so and sos to pass interest rates back to us. Is something wrong here?

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Does passion require control?

November 3rd, 2008

Many years ago, my wife considered herself a computer widow. At the time, 'computing' was my hobby - more like a burning passion, but that's a matter of opinion! Computing is such a wide area but to those around me, I was obsessed with computers. As I was not in a position, at the time, to afford the best computers, I had to make do with what I had - so I built PCs, patched them and upgraded them for others in order to build a decent enough PC from the leftovers to do the things I wanted to. Many of the tools, the free/shareware ones obviously, were not always what I wanted so I programmedas well.

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First Obama, then the Lord of The Pets...

October 31st, 2008

A *smile* news story where a British expat, Mark Lewis, who only speaks broken Spanish has become a mayor of a Spanish Town. Councillor Lewis' previous/current post is that of 'Councillor for Animals' (heh?). Who says multi-culturalism doesn't work? The story is at Briton denies Spanish mayor role.

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Patience - a disappearing virtue?

October 30th, 2008

Ahem. Went to the gym this evening and must say I struggled to be motivated to get there and to stay there once I got there. Put myself under some pressure to make the effort today since I had not been since Saturday and when I weighed myself this morning, I found I have actually put on weight. This on top of the weight I had put on the last time I checked, not really that bl***dy motivating, is it? I know, I know some people will have me believe that muscle weights more than fat but believe you me, I see no blasted muscle anywhere.

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It is only democracy when I say so...

October 29th, 2008

"Their behaviour is disgraceful and has no place in a modern democracy." so says Stockport's Councillor Dave Goddard about Stagecoaches' refusal to carry Stockport council-funded adverts entitled "C-charge. Want to Pay? Have your say" on routes between Stockport and Manchester city centre. Stagecoaches' response is that they support the introduction of the congestion charge and are actually using their own buses to carry their message. See the full story at Anger over C-charge bus adverts.

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USA Elections - not exciting

October 28th, 2008

You might be wondering why this watchful eye on Zimbabwe and none on the USA. Not quite sure why but the USA elections has not gripped my imagination at all even when it appears it will make history - well at least USA history.

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And the Zimbabwean Prom continues....

October 27th, 2008

Zimbabwe talks delayed for a week
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Inspiration and motivation.

October 22nd, 2008

Well I did suspect that this stuff would not be easy. After all I am a man of habit and when I need to change any one of them, it takes a great deal of effort. In fact most change is forced upon you and usually with a lot of resistance.

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The Zimbabwe saga continues

October 21st, 2008

Fom here Mbeki seeks to save Zimbabwe deal to here MDC seeks new Zimbabwe election and I am hating to say I told you so. This is like a Xmas pantomime with the giant Bob not willing to wait for hesitant, indecisive Tsva as he needs to take control of the Kingdom. A playground without leadership for too long time could go to the ---- (insert appropriate enemy here)! Especially since Tsva has been swaggering around feeling important just because he had the support of the playground next door's main man - who incidentally has found out that in his playground you could find yourself locked out with you closest associates running for the hole in the fence!

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MyKey - Teenage Remote Control

October 20th, 2008

Ford Motor Company is introducing an innovative new technology - called MyKey - designed to help parents encourage their teenagers to drive safer, use fuel more efficiently and increase safety-belt usage. How about another key for the idiot parents? In fact since the maximum limit in this country is 70mph, how about not selling cars that do anything faster than that ( written whilst ducking from the drivel that will pour from every motorist's mouth )

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Sometimes you have to stand up ...

October 17th, 2008

....and be counted. Doesn't it make you feel good when someone stands up against wrong and forces some action? It is especially satisfying when it is standing up to the 'authorities' who keep trying to tell us what to do and how to live. You go, guy.

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Free alcohol? Where?

October 12th, 2008

Apparently there are some bars offering free drinks to women. Where? Not in Birmingham or Wolverhampton. We, Midlanders, including the female of the species, know how to wet our throats and so the local watering holes do not need to make desperate attempts to get us into their establishments :)

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Where does £1 today = £230m tomorrow?

October 9th, 2008

Zimbabwe can't keep out of the news, can it? See Zimbabwe inflation hits new high. I tried explaining to my nine and thirteen year old what 231,000,000% inflation means in real life. Here is where I started. If you have £230 million today, in a year it will buy the same items you can buy with today with $1! Not that didn't work - so I tried the other option. A sweet that costs £1 today will cost £230 million in a year's time. Now I may not be entirely correct, but you can cut it whichever you want - there is a description for the situation that you would want to say to anyone under the age of 21!

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Living Liverpool

October 6th, 2008

Have failed to look after the physical this week, with the conference in the middle of the week and I have been away for the weekend. For some crazy reason, I chose to go to Liverpool for a weekend break. It was a gamble and I was not sure the wife would approve and we both have been pleasantly surprised. Liverpool, like Birmingham, have had a bad rap. Maybe they deserved the reputation years ago – I remember arriving in Birmingham some 18 years ago. It wasn’t impressive then but it is very pleasant now as is Liverpool.

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Why care about M&S?

October 3rd, 2008

Not sure if I picked this up from somewhere or whether I made it up myself, but for sometime I have been saying that 'you can tell the level of comfort in a society by the headlines of its independent press'.

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East Midlands Airport - why?

October 2nd, 2008

I am really struggling to get into the daily upkeep of this blog. Additionally sometimes I just want to write about something that has no real relevance to self improvement and the four states of the human experience. But when I do, I will try to relate it because if I have to mention it, it must have had an effect. Well here goes for the next installment.

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The Nothing Deal - Zimbabwe's Plight

September 30th, 2008

Read the latest in this sad saga here - NO LONGER AVAILABLE.

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The Self Stocktake

September 26th, 2008

Well, occasionally one has to stop and check the results of one’s endeavours. It is the way we measure our successes and failures and I do not think there is a person on this planet that at some occasion has had to re-assess the position one is in. All successful businesses, big or small, do it on a regular basis!

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From this moment on...

September 25th, 2008

(With apologies to LeAnn Rimes.) All the changes I referred to in the last post, I realise, have led to something better though it may have not felt like it at the time. To para-phase another country artist, Garth, “.......... I could have missed the pain but I'd of had to miss the dance......”.

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It's been change all the way

September 24th, 2008

Well today I suspect is the start of another round of changes. I mean its only been a month or so when another two or maybe even three marriages of close people appear to heading for the rocks (see previous post). And we have only just moved into this house a few months ago after 12 years in the same house where if I remember correctly less than a year previously, the company I worked for was taken over and we moved offices miles away. Screwed up my fitness schedule that did, as I had to catch a bus and train instead of walk to work since then. If I remember rightly, I started the new fitness regime after I discovered I was actually obese and not the sexy dude I thought I was. I now have joined a gym to get rid of the new fat, another change to my well planned routine!

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Where are the balls?

September 23rd, 2008

On the BBC news Site Bail-out fears return to markets. The markets are apparently rising on bail-out hopes. Now just wait a minute, I though the whole idea of business was to take a risk and therefore have the potential to make more money than if you left you money in some safe bank account (not that banks are living up to that reputation currently). Now it appears you can have gravy as well have the government bail you out when it all goes pear-shaped. Something is wrong and smells very fishy (with apologies to the fish among you).

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The Royal Society of Sheep?

September 17th, 2008

Applaud Lord Robert Winston, professor of science and society at Imperial College London when he said: "I fear that in this action the Royal Society may have only diminished itself. This is not a good day for the reputation of science or scientists. This individual was arguing that we should engage with and address public misconceptions about science - something that the Royal Society should applaud."

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The new mad season?

September 16th, 2008

Don't know if this is happening to you but I think our lack of a decent summer seems to be going to some people's heads. It is said that the most break downs of marriages and long term relationships happen after Christmas. I think this year's miserable attemptat a summer is taking its toll. All around me couples are having problems and I cannot understand why.

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Someone's having a laugh

September 5th, 2008

This story Housing dip 'slows divorce rate' tells us that the "Housing dip 'slows divorce rate'". Someone is pulling my leg. Have we got so bad that even fights with our spouses are subject to 'economic' conditions?

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An African Refreshing Change

September 3rd, 2008

This is the kind of story that warms the cockles of my heart. It shows that despite some leaders (especially those in power) continue postering and plundering, there is a wind of change blowing through Africa - a change that will encourage the millions of the disporia enriching First World nations, to return and start to build a new Africa. The second wind of change will surprise many including the Chinese. The first wind of change refered to by the then British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan led to political independence. The second refers to economic independence that surely must follow, albeit for many a bit late.

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Workplace unhappiness 'growing'

September 2nd, 2008

Article at Workplace unhappiness 'growing'.

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Wait 'til your mum gets home...

June 5th, 2008

What's the world coming to? Lots of my generation remembers the "wait 'til dad gets home" threat from Mum when you got you got yourself into trouble. Children all over the world quaked (and in some parts of the world, still do) when these words were said. I was one of the lucky/unlucky ones, Dad wasn't there and Mum dealt with it there and then. Don't know what's worse.

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Valentine's Day is Bad for the Environment

February 14th, 2008

Following on the heels that divorce is bad for the environment (if you don't know, because families then live in two residents), a discussion held in the office today reveals that additional fuel will be used to day as husbands throughout the country realise that the wife's 'we won't do anything for Valentines' was not to be taken literally and that the purchase of at least a card or even better a small pressie will lead to a pleasant evening.

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