04
JUL
2017

Quitting leadership before you’ve even started

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1 On 14 june 2017 Mr Tim Farron resigned from his position as ‘leader’ of the Liberal Democrats in the UK.  I put ‘leader’ in quotation marks because I am not sure that Mr Farron is or was a real leader and I am certain that the bosses of the other parties, including Mrs Theresa...
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23
DEC
2016

Getting the news wrong—1

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—— I am resigned to my local rag, Stroud news and journal, telling me that a particular story it is running is “incredibly moving”—even within the editorial content, where such remarks have no place at all, and even if they have no hope of substantiating it. Here are...
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02
SEP
2016

Ten ways you can get so much more from posting online

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[This article was originally written for commenters on the Guardian‘s ‘below the line’ Comment is free facility.] When posting your comments, do bear in mind the following principles and precepts.  You can increase the value of your posts by up to 50% if you do!...
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30
AUG
2016

Six basic reasons why software projects do badly

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Some of these six problems apply to projects other than IT projects. 1 A failure to distinguish between want and need.  At least one person has explicitly stated the supplier has to find out what the client wants and deliver it  No!  That will end in tears.  You have to establish...
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10
AUG
2016

Shyness problem

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Problem [*1]:  I am a 40-year-old man who has always suffered with incredible shyness and insecurity around women. My shyness is better now; I can talk to women, and have female friends, but I have never really had a proper relationship. The few times I have had sex with women...
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08
AUG
2016

Pop’s progress

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Most pop groups and solo performers peak on their second disc, at least they used to.  Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane and many others.  After that high spot, everything afterwards has been a remorseless trudge into the depths of increasing banality. And they know it. It went...
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18
JUL
2016

Stages of a relationship—summary

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emotional intelligence at work uses a model that postulates that relationships go through five stages * (see also About this model below). 1  Honeymoon stage The first of these is the honeymoon stage.  We are all familiar with that sudden overwhelming feeling of “true love”—more...
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05
JUL
2016

Why Mr Jeremy Corbyn would be advised to go

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1 I am no Labour supporter, but I want a strong Labour leader.  Mr Jeremy Corbyn has to go firstly because he has failed to deliver a credible—or any—opposition to the government in the lifetime of his “leadership”. His first duty was to his country, not to a particular faction...
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04
JUL
2016

How politicians let us down

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1 As a preamble, we should recognise that high profile politicians, particularly those in government, have always let us down.  I hope to return to this subject in a forthcoming post. When I was a student, we had the ‘three day week’—a joint production between tory prime...
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29
JUN
2016

EU referendum blog: how did I do?

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Here is my blog of 26 february [*1] (cut), annotated with what really happened Why any referendum is a political cop out 1   The issue is too complex to be reducible to a single question to which the only answers are yes and no. … whether the UK should stay in the EU is too...
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