Category Archives: Business

There’s three in a pair, right?

A while ago, I took a “10% off” voucher with me to Halfords. I bought an item with a marked price of £30.  At the checkout, I was served by a young man whose badge identified him as the Store … Continue reading

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Ten reasons to vote Leave

I have waited a long time for this referendum, all the while hoping that one day we may escape the EU. The thing that has really pained me during the protracted run in to this week’s vote is being painted … Continue reading

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Better business education

A friend, who’s the MD of a tech company, is in the good habit of engaging regularly with his staff.  In collecting feedback from a recent staff meeting, ready for the next, he saw that several senior engineers wanted to know what … Continue reading

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Progress – plus ca change (, plus c’est la meme chose?)

The pessimistic French saying may make sense at some deep philosophical level, but certainly not in the field of technology. I’m a fan of the quirky website WaitButWhy. Although I don’t always agree with the main author’s conclusions his posts are … Continue reading

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Software standards and the NHS

Last week I attended an open debate at the British Computer Society (BCS) in London, which was a discussion on Personalised Health & Care 2020 (PH&C 2020). This is a “framework for action” produced by the NHS National Information Board. … Continue reading

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Engineering, or black art?

A fellow member of the BCS Elite LinkedIn group posted that The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is proposing some changes to official statistics that involve re-classifying IT & Telecoms as ‘creative’ alongside the following six creative industry sectors: … Continue reading

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Work Life Balance

It’s hardly contentious to say that a healthy work life balance is a good thing.  Why then do I feel myself bristling whenever I hear the phrase ‘work life balance’?  Quite simply, it’s a matter of perception – where is … Continue reading

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Irish Euros or German Euros?

A business contact of mine posed the following questions on behalf of a client: “I have a client with a large amount of money in Euros in an Irish Bank. He seems to think his money would be better in … Continue reading

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I was a Virgin virgin

For many years I locked myself into one airline’s frequent flyer programme, using its partners whenever I wasn’t actually flying to the US.  The service wasn’t bad, but it was far from brilliant.

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Principles

Life isn’t just black and white: most things are in shades of grey. Popular opinions on diverse subjects may be plotted on a bell curve, even if a skewed one.  However, we all have some principles on which we will … Continue reading

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