Newsletter 62 : 20 december 2011
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Welcome to our Christmas newsletter. You’ve received it because either you requested it (extra thanks!) or Kay or Jeremy have met you on our travels.
We offer a change from other newsletters which do demand an awful lot of reading, and hope you will find it diverting.
We aim to publish every two weeks, but sometimes the flesh is weak even as the spirit is willing.
I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
Sir Isaac Newton, scientist and mathematician, born Christmas Day 1642
Someone recently asked on LinkedIn, “Do people buy what you do or why you do it?” Jeremy doesn’t think they buy either.
What does Santa suffer from if he gets stuck in a chimney? Claustrophobia!
What do you get if you cross Santa with a duck? A Christmas quacker!
What is the best Christmas present in the world? A broken drum, you just can’t beat it!
Prepare to have your illusions shattered by this Daily Telegraph article.
In this brilliantly clear talk Dan Gilbert talk about choice, the value we place on things and our expectations. How do others value what we offer? (dur 23:50, plus Q&A session c9:00)
(Incidentally, if you have difficulty watching videos at work, let us have your personal email address and we’ll send the newsletter there. Absolute confidentiality assured. We don’t pass email addresses to anyone.)
New government regulations say that Santa’s helpers must wear a seatbelt when they’re on the sleigh. It’s elfin safety gone mad.
What should you take if you have swine flu? Oinkment.
What about bird flu? Then you need tweetment.
What’s green and slippery? Green slippers.
For, unto us a child is born from Handel’s masterpiece, Messiah. Having sung it myself, I can attest to it being rather harder than it sounds!—JRM
I never understood music. It seemed to me to be the maximum amount of noise conveying the minimum amount of information.
If I have any talent at all, it is not for doing but for being.
Quentin Crisp, born Denis Charles Pratt, an English writer, artist’s model, actor and raconteur, Christmas Day 1908
All contributions welcome.
If you have been, thank you for reading.
Warm wishes for a joyful Christmas and a rewarding new year
Kay and Jeremy
Compiled by Jeremy Marchant . added 31 january 2015 . image: Free Images