February 15, 2021
Mental arithmetic
50 years ago today I was in the First Year Sixth of the Alun School and used the privilege of […]
March 5, 2017
Doomed
Too much travel, too little hill walking and only one day between trips. But at least, I thought I can […]
February 20, 2017
Third time lucky
They have a deep hobbit obsession at Wellington Airport as you can see from the picture. Landing here is always […]
February 11, 2017
Owl? Lark? Zombie?
Having got home in the early hours of the morning following wonderful production of the rarely performed Adriana Lecouvreur at […]
December 4, 2016
Toffs and Toughs
Most readers will have seen this 1937 picture before. It is used to illustrate the pernicious nature of the English […]
March 14, 2016
Life can be a rollercoaster
I’m really not sure how I survived today and luck played its part. I got to Austin yesterday in plenty […]
February 14, 2016
To be disturbed or to disturb?
A little bit of trivia today, but an interesting illustration of culture and comfort (in many senses of the word). […]
December 24, 2014
Clearing decks for Xmas
The saga of Christmas for the last couple of decades has involved getting into town by 0600 to collect the […]
August 3, 2014
Apologies to Lydia
In some ways this post does not really exist as I crossed the date line in a westerly direction and […]
July 29, 2014
36 hours travel
There is a form of fatal attraction to a long trip and I must admit to half looking forward to […]
July 18, 2014
The small frustrations …
A pretty frantic day of meetings today including a few in one of the best Starbucks in the world, it […]
July 15, 2014
Keeping options open
After yesterday's celebrations we got home in the early evening.  I really should have spent the evening working and packing, […]
July 13, 2014
JIT travel
After gaining my 50k steps yesterday I had nothing more strenuous planned for today than a leisurely drive up to […]
June 2, 2014
Transitionary trivia
After the mental stimulation of six days at Hay (more backfill blogs to come there) and the physical stimulation of […]
March 22, 2014
Of rings and things
An odd and messy sort of day.  I am in the middle of sorting out the study to accommodate the […]
January 25, 2014
Playing tourist in the rain
Last night was all a bit traumatic.  I got back in time to take Sheila out for dinner, but then […]
January 4, 2014
Desultory Day
I had a gentle day, the rain was such as to discourage a walk.  I had no conference calls, no […]
December 27, 2013
Long day, doing very little …
December 26, 2013
Boxing Day
There is a British tradition of Boxing Day sporting events and today was no exception for the males in the […]
December 24, 2013
The plan fails as ever
Over the last decade or so I have established a steady routine on Christmas Eve.  It starts with the good […]
December 24, 2013
Seasonal greetings to all
December 23, 2013
Starvation and storms
A rather storm wracked day.  I started it with a blood test which required me to starve from 2200 the […]
October 15, 2013
Cycles of ‘changes’
A couple of weeks ago I realised that I was going to run out of clothes shortly.  Weight loss means […]
October 10, 2013
Lost not found interlude
I made the mistake of leaving my iPad in the seat on the flight from Frankfurt this morning which messed […]
October 7, 2013
Personal JIT
I have taken just in time travel and scheduling to a new level over the last twenty four hours.  I […]
November 27, 2012
Midnight, boarding a plane again
So yesterday I landed in Singapore and I'm now in the lounge ready to fly back to the UK and […]
November 4, 2012
on Packing
So here we go, another round the world, in this case in 16 days.  The worse of times as well […]
July 10, 2012
Val-de-ri—Val-de-ra
I was going to post today about upcoming Advanced Cognitive Edge courses and the forthcoming CalmBeta event, but some supporting […]
January 15, 2012
Muddling through Sunday
I’ve spent most of the day sat at a computer, aside from a bath, brunch and the final episode of […]
January 6, 2012
A metaphor for coherence
I frequently reference messy coherence as a key aspect of living with complexity and I’ve blogged about it from time […]
May 16, 2011
Holding …
I know I promised various people at the Bath seminar material related to abductive narrative research. Its not possible to […]
April 6, 2011
… and maybe we’ll do in a squirrel or two
   Spring is here, and while I am am feeling no impulse to administer toxins to any member of the […]
January 18, 2011
A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough
OK its probably man flu but I am feeling very very sorry for myself; compounded by the fact that when […]
January 2, 2011
The Archers at 60
For those of you who don’t know, today is the 60th Anniversary of the longest running soap opera in history. […]
December 24, 2010
Whats wrong with last minute shopping?
I’ve never understood why various forms of odium are cast on those of us who do our Christmas shopping at […]
December 23, 2010
Those mugs
A flurry of work this afternoon and the Starbucks mug collection is now fully displayed. Having done that I now […]
December 16, 2010
Nostagia
From time to time over the past few years, hoping through the Sky Channels late at night I’ve found back […]
December 8, 2010
Hardly clockwork
If there was ever an argument against intelligent design, its the Giant Panda. Watching the Natural World documentary was a […]
December 7, 2010
And nobody knows
Todays key facts: – Miles driven: 150 – Time taken: 6 hours – Miles of un-gritted road with either black […]
November 27, 2010
SIN-LHR: a numerological response
hours in flight – 13.5 hours flight delayed – 1.2 G&Ts to reduce stress – 5 emails cleared from in […]
November 1, 2010
Fetish
A five o’clock start today, which is punishing after a nine hour flight from Seattle 24 hours earlier. I realise […]
October 18, 2010
Double the word count
I managed to compete two out of three writing tasks today. The second part of an article on knowledge management […]
September 7, 2010
Back to basics
There is something wonderful about having a chalk board to work with. I am teaching a course at the Bluecoat […]
August 30, 2010
Of Builders’ Tea
Having resolved last week to get various aspects of my life in some semblance of order I planned the bank […]
August 15, 2010
A thought
I can know something, I can understand something but do I appreciate the implications?
August 12, 2010
One wonders …
So I am sitting in the lounge at Toronto airport waiting for a flight to Washington. Behind me a fellow […]
August 1, 2010
Triggering the basal ganglia
I’m pleased to say that I managed to reestablish the habit of daily blogging through July. OK i cheated on […]
July 19, 2010
From the mercy seat to the saloon
Savage Minds in an interesting weekend post argues that the debate between rabid evolutionist-cum atheists and rabid evangelical christians-cum creationists […]
June 18, 2010
That great little walk in Auckland
Ten hours to LAX, twelve hours to Auckland and waiting for two hours to Dunedin but it was all worth […]
May 18, 2010
Variability
An outstanding cartoon from the pen of Tom Fishburne, courtesy of Mike Baldwin. Speaks for itself really
April 11, 2010
A game for hooligans watched by gentle-people
To Newcastle today for the Amlin Cup quarter final, and a reminder of the good spirit that pervades Rugby supports […]
February 7, 2010
Bibliophile
As a part of the general sort of the study I have been cataloguing my library. Once upon a time […]
February 4, 2010
My study, a picture and a hobby refound
Normal blogging will resume next week, with the completion of the cross silo postings. For the last few weeks something […]
November 27, 2009
On the leaving of Singapore
I’m in the lounge at Terminal 1 of Changi Airport waiting to be called for the delayed QF31, my first […]
November 26, 2009
Good food and good company
With KM Asia over for another year I went out for dinner with Patrick Lambe and Graham Durant-Law. Both old […]
November 23, 2009
Reflections on loosing books
Leaving a book you a reading in a hotel is a pain but it happens. However (rather like toast always […]
November 22, 2009
Well I love it
Given that Sunday will not exist for me (I leave Los Angeles before midnight on Saturday and arrive in Singapore […]
November 10, 2009
Play it again Sam
Rob Freeth sent me this link which shows the power of design to change behaviour, where rules and regulations fail. […]
September 12, 2009
Return of the scare-cars
The scare-cars are back. Readers may remember the competition organised by the local schools here in the Kennet Valley to […]
September 5, 2009
Christmas Eve 1968
Still one of the greatest ever photographs
September 4, 2009
Just received
Still my all time favourite from Gaping Void. My signed copy arrived today along with three others (all shown below), […]
August 12, 2009
Place of pilgrimage
There is one location in Boston (or rather Cambridge) to which I always return, and from which I never emerge […]
August 3, 2009
The unmerciful seat
   I spent form just after 1000 this morning until around 1530 sat on this stool with a break for […]
July 28, 2009
With no thanks to Qantas
Nightmare journey from Perth to Canberra. a hydraulic leak on an already delaying incoming flight meant we had to wait […]
July 19, 2009
Coping with travel
Setting off on a six week trip (London-Singapore-Perth-Canberra-Melbourne-Broken Hill-Adelaide-Sydney-Chicago-Boston-New York-Pretoria) is never easy, and on this occasion it was made […]
June 21, 2009
a pot puri of links
A couple of neat sites came through the twitterverse over the last few days. For Science Fiction fans this interactive […]
June 10, 2009
KCUK09 - conference blog 2
I’m a bit behind (well ten days to be accurate) with tidying up the final set of notes I took […]
May 10, 2009
Remind you of a Myers Briggs session?
Alpha children wear grey. They work much harder than we do, because they’re so frightfully clever. I’m awfully glad I’m […]
May 8, 2009
Its Bluebell time in the Westwood
April 26, 2009
The unpacking moment …
I have been subject to a degree of sarcasm about my enthusiasm for a recently acquired work of art which […]
April 11, 2009
Coincidences
The various “On this day” feeds that come into my RSS feed often show some interesting coincidences. Today for example […]
March 30, 2009
I must go down to the sea again
I’m on the 32nd floor of the Excelsior in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Out of my window I have a […]
March 29, 2009
Mess, rugby, panic & a vampire ending
Just to warn you, there is no serious intent to this post its just the record of 30 hours now […]
February 13, 2009
Friday 13th
Never a good day, but the BBC’s On this day feed indicates that the 13th February has never been happy. […]
January 5, 2009
I hate Mondays
Today started reasonably well. Woke up at 0630 and made first cup of coffee. A quick check online revealed no […]
December 30, 2008
Trivia
OK, a trivia question for you: how many people have been capped by Wales at both Rugby and Baseball? Just […]
December 5, 2008
Moral dillema of the week
You have a bad cold, you are 3,000 miles from home and you will not be able to change your […]
December 4, 2008
Wikipedia - the dark side
For those interested, this makes for interesting reading on some of the darker sides of Wikipedia. Readers may remember my […]
November 28, 2008
Tools for generalists
Five examples from just one day in a RSS feed, one of the greatest productivity tools available for the curious […]
November 21, 2008
Snuffles, headaches etc.
The author of this blog has flu and is feeling very sorry for himself; living between Lemsips. He will still […]
November 14, 2008
Magic Roundabout - the T Shirt
For all those who have been amused or appalled by the picture of the Swindon Magic Roundabout (Distributed cognition, complex […]
November 11, 2008
Tales of a Wikipedia Virgin (part II)
Lauchlan clears his name, and is evidently upset so my apologies to him
November 10, 2008
signed undertakings …
One of the legacies of empire is bureaucracy. The Romans were famous for it, the American Government is notorious for […]
October 24, 2008
An interlude
Its been a frantic few days with a whirlwind of presentations in Melbourne and Perth combined with flights and general […]
October 12, 2008
An ironic and satirical interlude from Manchester Airport.
Waking up at 0330 to drive to Manchester for an early flight to Singapore is no fun. Before you ask […]
September 14, 2008
In celebration of small things
I know I had other tasks to complete this morning, but I ended up doing a couple of hours editing […]
September 10, 2008
Do you know your mad scientists?
My knowledge of mad scientists proved limited. I only managed to scrape by with 50% on this test.
September 7, 2008
Free the Stow-on-the-Wold Two, a existential interlude
But the Cat keeps his side of the bargain too. He will kill mice and he will be kind to […]
September 5, 2008
and all places were alike unto him
But the wildest of all the wild animals was the Cat. He walked by himself, and all places were alike […]
September 3, 2008
Why did the Chicken cross the road
On of those email sendings that amuse BARACK OBAMA: The chicken crossed the road because it was time for a […]
July 27, 2008
100 book meme
An interesting meme is going around which presents a list of 100 books. If you have read one then you […]
July 25, 2008
The architecture of Power
Every time I come to Washington I am struck by the sense of confidence in the architecture of imperial capitals; […]
July 17, 2008
Social constructivism
It is surely illogical for someone to walk out on you because you suggest that Social Constructivists should wake up […]
July 12, 2008
Of undercooked sausages, tugboats and turgidity
Too many days without blogging. I feel I have failed in some way neglecting an important aspect of my life. […]
June 17, 2008
5 Americano Grande’s drunk, 3 Starbucks City Mugs acquired
A bit of a nightmare journey from Seattle. I made the fatal error of arriving at the airport early and […]
June 15, 2008
To Seattle
I never liked Bush much but now its personal. Air Force One arrived at Heathrow at the same time as […]
June 13, 2008
Paraskavedekatriaphobia
I bet you hadn’t heard of that? Well its a variation of triskaidekaphobia – clearer now? Ok triskaidekaphobia is the […]
June 10, 2008
A reward for enterprise
You swim 200 miles through freezing water and finally reach land, and what do people do? They shoot you. What […]
May 28, 2008
A nasty shock
I am gradually overcoming the shock of realising that not only do we have an office, but we also have […]
May 17, 2008
From panic to Paparazzi in one day
Travel is always fascinating. I flew into Los Angeles late last night, got three hours sleep at an airport hotel […]
May 17, 2008
The correct use of a fly swatter
Carrying on filling in Facebook surveys during idle moments I moved onto Chinese Philosophers and ended up as Lin-Chi (Linji) […]
May 13, 2008
Which philosopher are you?
A new application on Facebook is What French Philosopher are you? I find these things to be addictive and fun […]
May 11, 2008
An everyday story of country folk
For all followers of The Archers, the longest running soap opera in the world and a cultural icon. There is […]
May 9, 2008
at journeys end
Four and a half hours on Greek roads from Volos to Athens; an aborted takeoff followed by the pilot saying […]
May 2, 2008
150 times the recommended limit
That’s the last time I let someone use by Macbook. Ugg, worse than peanuts in a pub
April 27, 2008
Avebury by Eleanor ap David
Having spent three hours either side of midnight getting 7 photographs printed for my daughter’s A level project, you had […]
April 16, 2008
Travelling in hope
Having survived the stress of checking a bag into Terminal 5, it popped up on the belt at Malpensa airport […]
April 5, 2008
The Christian gene
Satire is a wonderful thing. Hat tip to Mind Hacks for finding this,
March 25, 2008
Attempting to buy a shoe lace ….
I think I now know why Douglas Adams placed so much importance Shoes. Ever since I can remember my respectable […]
March 18, 2008
A gift …
My ironic reference yesterday to Kim’s attempt to scare us with the various ways the world can come to a […]
March 1, 2008
Apple power
A great match tonight before a near capacity crowd. Three tries on both sides, outstanding forward play in terrible weather […]
February 21, 2008
Cat naps
Catching up on email (including some silly stuff on surveys on the ActKM listserv) while listening to the BBC news […]
February 12, 2008
A user guide to Caffeine …
Last night the food and company were good, I then (rightly) walked the couple of miles back to the hotel […]
February 9, 2008
Miracles
My debenture seats in the Millennium Stadium are behind the goal posts so we had a grandstand view of one […]
February 7, 2008
Asteroid strike
Two days notice, and a near miss (one third the distance from the earth to the moon). The phrase a […]
February 1, 2008
News item from the 7’s
Hopefully a portent
January 27, 2008
Civilisation
Tampa Airport, Florida: free fast internet, excellent Pinot Grigio, short security lines and an upgrade all the way back to […]
January 22, 2008
Turn off that mobile
Well that explains a lot – should we turn of the wireless network, and jam the neighbors system as well? […]
January 13, 2008
Paddling away from Elvis
I wonder if foreknowledge of this event, created the need for the novel form of emigration described here?
January 13, 2008
Another hotel with rip off internet charges
By any standards £75 for a weeks internet access is a total and utter rip off. Hotels need to realise […]
January 8, 2008
Some things never change
Thanks to Jessica
December 20, 2007
The Archers, Flying Saucers and a Commune
Matthew Hodgson has been pandering to my ego of late, and has now put me on a list to identify […]
December 13, 2007
Ginzu knives & KM
Now we know for certain that KM is the latter stages of its life cycle: You can buy all you […]
December 12, 2007
Of Unicorns
A nice satire here on the creationist museum Did you know that Unicorns appear nine times in the King James […]
December 2, 2007
Oxygen
One of the most delightful experiences I know, after a long flight is to be lucky enough to arrive in […]
November 16, 2007
Another nail in the coffin of semantic analysis
Nice little test site here although one wonders which undergraduates at which Universities. I tested out a couple of the […]
October 19, 2007
A new take on the headless chicken
I am not sure what Kim’s mind was on, but this post on death and the experience of death makes […]
October 9, 2007
On a weekend of Rugby
This past weekend my daughter and I were in France for the Rugby. it should have been for Wales V […]
October 4, 2007
Disappointment ration 1111.1 (recurring) to 1
The one off Led Zeppelin reunion concert this November attracted 20m applications for 18k tickets. Croeso is one of the […]
September 26, 2007
Million Miler …..
I don’t know if I should be proud or depressed at the travel schedule which resulting in me receiving the […]
September 5, 2007
Simsonized
C’est Moi after Simsonizing my normal conference photograph and (hopefully) being fairly honest with the answers. It’s probably an improvement […]
August 1, 2007
An excellent put down …
I was sitting in an NSF briefing session this morning before acting as a panel member. One member (thankfully not […]
July 30, 2007
A recommendation to film goers
In the period from 12th June to the current date I have spent some 48 hours in Qantas planes, ignoring […]
July 22, 2007
Slytherin for Albus Severus?
Farewell to Harry Potter? I bought my copy of the Deathly Hallows after clearing customers at Sydney airport at around […]
July 1, 2007
I want one, very very badly …
I left Atlanta with the knowledge that people I had been working with were about to go downtown and buy […]
April 26, 2007
Debate and dissent
Part of my domestic duties today included boxing up various materials from my parents’ former house, to place in my […]
April 25, 2007
Of planets, cheating, robins and the unthinkable
The fact, as reported by the BBC, that we might have found a planet able to sustain life, even if […]
April 24, 2007
My karma just ran over your dogma
I was catching up on Podcasts of the Phil Adam’s show on Sunday. Australians have a real treasure in Phil […]
April 22, 2007
The Inn at the Bridge
Normally arriving at a hotel with this sign on the door would have triggered an allergic reaction. Rather like those […]
April 19, 2007
If music be the food of thought play on …
Thinking Meat (always one of the highlights of my morning skim of the RSS feeds) has an interesting piece on […]
April 3, 2007
A redeeming feature of considerable merit
There is one truly great contribution that the English have made to this world and my enjoyment (yes, this is […]
March 5, 2007
Another meme ….
Another meme, and this time a difficult one. Which five blogs make me think? I get a nasty feeling that […]
March 2, 2007
Act of rebellion
This is my final post on the subject of Wales for a period, three in two days is, I think, […]
February 27, 2007
Blog Memes: my media sources
OK, we have another of these memes going round. This time I have been tagged by Luis Suarez to expose […]
February 18, 2007
Atlanta, Snowden & Catch 22
The Google alert I run on my name is a useful way of getting a sense of perspective. I rarely […]
February 18, 2007
Snakes on a plane
I got up at 0400 this morning to make a breakfast meeting in London with Max Boisot for some intellectual […]
January 16, 2007
Which programming language are you?
Another one of those addictive survey forms. It was bad enough being Spiderman; now I discover that I am Prolog […]
January 3, 2007
Mission statements
For those who have not yet seen it, this mission statement generator from Dilbert is scary. Back in the 70’s […]
January 2, 2007
Only two weeks to Heathrow security
It’s not long now until I head off for two weeks in Australia and Singapore and I am dreading the […]
December 23, 2006
Christmas Spirit
Given that it is Christmas, I may (please note may) forgive Patrick for this.
December 22, 2006
Cynefin as a Chladni pattern
Ron Donaldson of Natural England, one of our most experienced practitioners, recently discovered the use of the Cynefin framework as […]
December 13, 2006
Conference nightmares
If there is one thing worse than a speaker reading their slides (especially if they have 100 words per slide), […]
December 6, 2006
In their own image
Having spent too much time today dealing with SPAM comments and trackbacks, this quote from Stephen Hawking struck a chord. […]
November 18, 2006
The bad old days
This morning I had to work on my son’s computer. He dashed off to watch South Africa (hopefully) beat England […]
November 13, 2006
Solidarity do supporter do rugby
I should now be in Caracas, but thanks to technical difficulties I am in Madeira, a small Island in the […]
November 12, 2006
Leviticus 18:22
This one has been around for several years now, but it bears repetition. I found it when tidying up some […]
November 6, 2006
Cultural indicators
For my many and diverse sins I have become a compulsive collector of Starbucks City Mugs (but only for those […]
October 28, 2006
Venice
We managed to get the whole family to Venice for the past week. Wonderful value in the Venice Card Orange […]
October 15, 2006
Stationery addiction spreads
I see that Shawn has confessed his stationery fetishm by demonstrating his new ability to write a name on a […]
October 8, 2006
Teen repellent & Quetzalcoatl update
The BBC brings news of a fellow Welshman, one Howard Stapleton, who has performed a noble (sic) act by creating […]
October 3, 2006
an intermission (aimed at British readers of a certain age)
After a morning on battle field knowledge systems I returned to my flat to discover that Blue Peter (an institution […]
September 28, 2006
Turbine and chips ….
Yes I did say Turbine, not Turbot. This is a cool idea: in three years it might be commercially viable […]
September 20, 2006
Absquatulate & ach y fi
My thanks to Keith De La Rue over on the ever interesting and eclectic ACT KM Forum for introducing this […]
September 18, 2006
Hippocrates has more than one oath
I was looking up the dictionary definition of incorrigible this morning. I wanted to use it on a list serve […]
September 14, 2006
The surreal and the real
The World happiness map has just been published. No it’s not the deranged output of some new aged fluffy bunny […]
September 9, 2006
Conditions for taking a chain saw on a bus
While trying to find out how to get a season ticket across competing bus services in Wiltshire (for my daughter […]
September 3, 2006
Closed due to unforeseen circumstances
Thanks to everyone who sent me other references to the more extreme end of life after my monatomic gold posting […]
August 31, 2006
Number 50
This is the 50th entry since I started this blog and I was going to attempt something significant. However I […]
August 30, 2006
Monatomic gold and alien powers
A long time ago, back in the 60’s I got interesting in flying saucers probably because in early pre-teenage they […]
August 24, 2006
The omens are not good ….
Thanks (sort of) to the Wikipedia for the list of “what happened on this day” – depressing really 79 Mount […]
August 20, 2006
Stationery fetishism
As some of you know I have a long term stationery fetish. When I was young I used to spend […]
August 18, 2006
Cultural diversity
Even in a recently created bureaucracy cultural differences can emerge. Over the last year or so since the US Government […]
August 17, 2006
Hoist on my own petard
I have always argued that there is more to human communication than aural and visual stimulation and that as a […]
August 11, 2006
right on Dilbert …..
and the build up to this is pretty good quoth he, with tongue very firmly in cheek and feeling guilty […]
August 4, 2006
Dilbert & Powerpoint
Scott Adams started in on the subject on the 2nd August but the best has just appeared on line. This […]
August 4, 2006
Doomsday
Don’t worry I have not joined an end of the world cult, but the Doomsday Book has just gone on […]
August 3, 2006
If you go down to the woods today …
Is nothing sacred? Wooky Hole – one of the main tourist attractions near where I live has suffered badly. Firstly […]
July 30, 2006
the Skeptics Dictionary
In respect of my dislike of Myers-Briggs (see the extended text in the entry below) readers are commended to the […]
July 29, 2006
The Frodo generation
Having just discovered that “The Fellowship of the Ring” was published for the first time in the year I was […]