Some of life’s little rules

Found this while browsing…excellent. I wonder if I can get a Japanese version? Rule 1: Life is not fair…get used to it. Rule 2: The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself. Rule 3: You will NOT make 40 thousand quid a…

The greatness of Britain revealed

The family is now back in Japan for the Easter break and so that the missus can start the house-hunting process. We had the very rare opportunity on Sunday night for a “night off” from my stepdaughter, so I booked a hotel in Windsor and we spent most of yesterday wandering around the town and…

Is this what they mean by a just society?

I heard on the news this weekend that Rose Gibb, the former CEO of the Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is to get a £75,000 pay-off after being forced to resign her post. The reason for her resignation is the small matter of the deaths of 90 people through contracting infections from poorly cleaned…

Don’t shout…We’re doing our best….

Today has been one of those kicked-backed, reflective sort of days where you wake up with nothing planned, no objectives and no agenda. After a late start and an even more leisurely breakfast, me and the wife drifted into town for a mooch around the shops and a trip to the library before meandering into…

Initiative is the new fascism, apparently

This week I had cause to visit The Event Show in London. This is a trade exhibition for companies involved in every aspect of the events business, from portable toilets to lighting systems. The events business is an exciting game in many ways. I myself have been involved with some pretty big events in my…

The late, great Brittania

Following my return to the UK, I have been pondering the state of affairs in this country even more deeply than usual, trying to get to the bottom of what’s gone wrong with our society. It’s a complex problem, and – tempting though it is – not one that can be laid solely on the…

Moving forward, not backwards

I have just returned from Japan from a short trip over the Christmas period. Having spent nearly all of it in bed with flu, it wasn’t exactly the best trip I’ve ever done, but it certainly provided plenty of food for thought in terms of our plans for 2008. Apart from the obvious reason for…

Spare the rod…

The following article appeared in an engineering newsletter that I subscribe to. I’m glad to see other people clearly share my frustration with the modern obsession for removing any and all of life’s rough corners. Mike Page, Editor, writes: Referring back to my comments about engineering education in schools in the July 23 Newsletter, a…

Standardze ov english r az gud az eva sez Blair

Call me old fashioned, but I would have thought it would have been reasonable to expect that teachers knew how to spell properly. Whilst reviewing some work set for my daughter, I came across the following section of data: “Potatoe”,”V”,”W”,”tbsp”,4,6,57 What makes this even worse, is that this data was supplied by the exam board…

The wisdom of British Gas

Extracts from today’s conversation with the intellectual giants of British Gas’s amusing titled “customer services” department….. Q: “I’m ringing to find out why my direct debit has gone from £52 a month to £122”A: “Because that’s how much you owe” How helpful Q: “But why has the account risen to such a level without my…

Bang to rights

I came across something startling in the papers yesterday. Apparently, by 2009 we’ll all have to report to special processing centres to have our fingerprints scanned for inclusion on biometric identity cards being proposed by the Home Office. I am a bit worried by this. Not for the fact that I am concerned that the…

From tiny acorns…

There is a zebra crossing near my house. Every day I use this crossing, and every day I am nearly run over by drivers who can’t be bothered to stop. Most recently, by a taxi driver – in full view of a following police car, which – predictably – did nothing. Possibly it’s a sign…