How to pick a winner.

Over the course of my working life, I have often been required to judge a winner in a new business competition, whether for an award, grant or loan. This week I again find myself judging the entrants for the Enterprise Breakthrough Award for new businesses in the creative subjects at my old university. As I...

The Smartphone Age Gap

As someone that has worked for a major IT supplier for 20 years and uses a smartphone, laptop, and tablet, I regard myself as reasonably competent with technology. However, an experience at the weekend made me take a closer look at the impact of the smartphone on everyday life. I am living in Malaysia, and...

Keeping the faith

I have always believed that the sense of entrepreneurship that is embodied in the young is what will find the solutions to the constant new challenges that face the world we live in. Throughout my work with young people, I have seen how the creative minds, coupled with the enthusiasm and drive of young people...

Being positive

It seems a long time since I sat and wrote a blog, largely because of the requirement to replace a failing right knee with a chromium German one! But at least it has given me an opportunity to reflect over the last couple of months and to come to some conclusions. The knee problem itself...

What technology got wrong

I suppose that the reason for this blog came to me as I settled into my seat to watch a performance of the ballet, Romeo and Juliet. I was suddenly aware of the latest pandemic rearing its head again. This was not Covid-19 but the reappearance in society of the mobile telephone camera. Now, don’t...

When will they ever learn?

I was reading the morning papers as I do most mornings and I was amazed at the governmental problems within the news. In the UK at the present time, they still wrestle with the pandemic and how to come out of it, whilst suffering a fuel crisis, increased arrival of immigrants from across the channel,...

Back to school… for parents!

It is that time of year again where children and young people return to the classroom with the weight of parental and other family members’ expectations on their shoulders. For some it will be the year of tests and examinations, thereby increasing the burden. This burden will also be dumped on teachers’ shoulders as parents...

It is never too late!

Looking back, I remember writing a blog in 2018 that talked about not being able to join the dots going forward. It talked about how life is pretty unpredictable and hence it is only with hindsight that you are able to see links that you never knew were there. I used the example of how...

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