Category Archives: Random thoughts

Are libraries kennels for underdogs?




I just has a flash of inspiration. Maybe. I’m supposed to be thinking about bookshops, but I keep getting drawn back to public libraries and a line has jumped into my head. “Libraries are kennels for underdogs.” BTW, book light … Continue reading






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My thought for the day




                  I should have used this thought in one of the books, but it’s too late now. “Given enough time, the opposite always applies.” (RW)   Image: kyle mackenzie






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Random thought on the 13.30 to Newcastle




Today I read something Oliver Sacks wrote many years ago about a man with a severe case of amnesia. His memory was 30-seconds long. Sacks said the patient was “isolated in a single moment of being with a moat of … Continue reading






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There’s nothing easy about easyJet




Yesterday I flew with what is possibly the worst run airline in the world. The flight was late, of course, they didn’t say what was going on until the very last minute and once on board they started the flight … Continue reading






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Spiritual Window Dressing




Have you noticed the amount of garden Buddha statues around recently? Most seem to be made from cheap concrete. They seem to be the 2009 equivalent of garden gnomes or plastic pink flamingos. What does this represent I wonder?






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Jobs of the Future




Here’s a good one. I’ve just been asked if I “know of any training courses for jobs that don’t necessarily exist yet.” You what? My answer is “no”, although here’s my list of jobs that don’t quite exist yet. Email … Continue reading






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What Am I Doing Right Now?




At last. The new book is done. That’s the good news. I can now get issue 23 of What’s Next out (next week, maybe the week after that) and catch-up with some issues of brainmail. I think I’m about 4 … Continue reading






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Best Brief in the World




Busy week. Trying to finish off the new book, which has been painful. Got an email from a large Swiss pharmaceuticals company a few days ago asking whether I’d like to go to Prague to talk to them about Macro-trends. … Continue reading






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The Economy




As you may know, when it comes to the economy, especially in Asia, I’m on the side of the economic optimists. I’m at the “they think it’s all over —it is now” end of the spectrum on the recession, especially … Continue reading






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Planes, trains and automobiles…




I’ve seen the future and it works. I’ve just got back from Singapore. I’ve been doing a series of workshops for the likes of Procter & Gamble and Cadbury Schweppes based around some of the content from my book. Singapore … Continue reading






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