This past week or so, as I log into Skype, it’s asking me if I want to upgrade. That’s it – not one iota of context is given! There’s no detail on security concerns that the new version might address. Neither is there any mention of additional benefits that might accrue from the upgrade. But I thought this morning that I might as well upgrade because I love Skype and expect to be using it for years to come. So I clicked through an initial screen and was then presented with a message saying : “Fur future … Continue reading

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Earlier this month Adobe published a study that claimed to be a “global benchmark study on attitudes and beliefs about creativity at work, school and home”. It makes interesting and accessible reading – including nice pie charts and bar charts and attractively presented text. You can see it here. The problem is that it’s not global. Only five countries were included – US, UK, Germany, France and Japan. The study’s five countries have a total population of well under one billion, indeed closer to half a billion. So that represents less than 10% of the world’s population. … Continue reading

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I support Leeds United Football Club. They’re having a mediocre season – currently languishing in 12th position in England’s second tier Championship – 8 points adrift of the playoff positions. In February they fired their manager Simon Grayson when they were in 10th position – 3 points adrift of the playoffs. You can do the maths – their position has deteriorated under their new manager Neil Warnock. So – what’s Warnock’s reaction? Humility? Accepting a degree of responsibility? Resolve? Not quite – after a recent defeat he said : “It showed why I got the job. A … Continue reading

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We were in a hotel yesterday for lunch – breaking the journey for the kids on a long road-trip to visit my wife’s Aunt. It was shortly after noon – and the carvery lunch had just opened. In typical fashion our two boys chose sausages and chips which were quickly served up. While I waited for my wife’s and my own meals to arrive, I stole a couple of chips off the boys’ plates. I expected to have to hold them between my teeth to gauge temperature – but they were lukewarm. Back at our table a … Continue reading

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