Monthly Archives: June 2013


In a recent blogpost, the never less than excellent Doug Shaw discussed the challenge facing those who are seeking to overhaul our education system and in so doing referred to some startling facts about the loss over time of the skill of divergent thinking. A skill that seems vital for the collaborative work that is […]

Looking For Penguin Eggs

I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamped on […]

Cartoonify – Release #5

Below is the new image (Release #5). All of those now in the image (including those who featured in Releases #1, #2, #3 and #4) are shown in bold in the list at the bottom of this post. You will see that there is a lot more blank space in the image than before. This […]


A fascinating and only slightly bad-tempered argument between two scientists on BBC Radio 4 and a visit to Happy Ltd for an event with WorldBlu last week, prompted me to write this post. In it, I will massively over-simplify some of the most complex topics in genome mapping and consider love and freedom and their […]

MIND’S EYE – An Auction

This blogpost has been written to draw your attention to a blind auction of a bespoke piece of artwork. But first I want to give you some background. I urge you to follow the links so you can understand why this important effort deserves your support. A few months ago, a very brave friend of […]


When I was starting out in my first managerial role I was given a small library of books on management theory by a succession of well meaning friends and colleagues. Feeling obliged, I ploughed through the lot of them and discovered that there was little to distinguish between them, excepting the scenarios with which they […]


“Statistics are the triumph of the quantitative method, and the quantitative method is the victory of sterility and death.” Hilaire Belloc WARNING – A small rant here because 140 characters on Twitter was ineffectual for the purpose. Last week, Personnel Today published an article headlined “A quarter of HR directors say their own HR function […]