The Blog is Back

by Alan on August 21, 2016

in Lessons

openFor the last 8 or 9 months, I’ve been trying to rescue my Blog. The web hosting company that was supposed to be caring for it started to lose interest some time ago and as a result, it’s been off the air for far too long but as of today, it’s back online – albeit at this new  and more Wales focused address.

It’s been really frustrating not being able to post in recent months, especially as there have been some pretty important things happening this year on subjects dear to my heart:

  • I landed a brilliant new job in January at the Farmers’ Union of Wales
  • We had an election here in Wales in May
  • There was a referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union
  • The fallout from the Referendum and its political upheaval
  • Conflict continues in many parts of the world and terror has spread in Europe

Having now got things back on track I plan to pick up my pen (keyboard!) and get commenting once again, whilst also patching up some of the broken bits of the site.


PS: If you want to host a website somewhere – I would not recommend Extendnet!

Wake up and smell the coffee

by Alan on July 14, 2015

in Business, Lessons

I’m waiting in a coffee shop whilst my car gets its MOT done. By “waiting” I really mean “having breakfast” and coffee. It’s a nice, clean, recently opened little place with a reasonable breakfast too

But it doesn’t have many customers, 3 in fact in the hour I’ve been here and I think I know why. The service is lousy.

I finished my food over an hour ago and have been web surfing since then. The dirty dishes are still on the table and no attempt has been made to offer me another cup of coffee. An easy upsell is just about to walk out of the door, thirsty.

Simple things make happy customers, but I guess I won’t be back next year, even if the place survives that long.

Horses or Tanks – who wins?

by Alan on July 13, 2015

in Lessons, Military

Image result for challenger tanks + horsesCavalry charges: that’s how it used to be in the good old days! But then came the Tank: dirty, ugly, noisy and of course terribly effective in battle. So the horses moved from the battlefield to other parts of the Army.

So it must be a bit of a surprise to find that the British Army still has more Horses than Tanks even today.

According to a response to a Freedom of Information request the Army currently has 485 horses, compared to 227 Challenger Main Battle Tanks.

Progress, but at what price?


How much can you learn in 100 hours?

29 April 2014 100 hours

Last week I went on a business trip to Boston, to Massachusetts Institute of Technology in fact on what was my first real visit the the USA. I was away from home for a total of 100 hours, yet the impact the trip had on me and the lessons I learnt, made it feel far […]

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Where’s my “Show Desktop” icon gone to?

22 November 2012 Lessons

When I used Windows XP I had a nice little icon on my toolbar to take me back to the Desktop, now having moved to Windows 7 I couldn’t find a similar icon and for the last few months have been “living” without it. You know: just making do, accepting the price of progress is […]

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Take charge in a crisis

21 November 2012 Business

Someone told me a great, yet also sad, story recently that is a valuable analogy for business. It concerns a crashing aircraft and how the problem was managed at the time. The story, as I remember it goes like this: a transatlantic flight crashed on its way across the ocean, and all souls were lost. […]

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The Olympic Spirit personified

6 August 2012 Lessons

After an Olympic week that began with the most wonderful opening ceremony and a weekend that produced some great results for Britain, the performances and results have been inspiring and truly wonderful. But the games have shown themselves to be far more than just the competition and the results in my opinion. They have delivered a grace, […]

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