Monthly Archives: December 2010

Personal Growth, Communication, Trade and Trust

I’ve been reading an excellent blog at http://www.stevepavlina.com His focus is ‘Personal Development’ and the blog covers a broad range of topics, illustrated by personal anecdotes. It made me think how important a few key ideas are, to many if … Continue reading

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Two Little Ducks – Designing for the 22nd Century

Think ahead to 2100. Can you? In 1948, George Orwell wrote the futurist book 1984. In the early 80’s we sang about 1999. In the late 1990’s we panicked about Y2K. All this has come and passed. Here in London, … Continue reading

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“Technostalgia” – the things we miss, extincted by a newer technology

Mix tapes Carbon paper Pagers Wrist watches Taping songs off the radio Setting the dial on the little wire basket for four pints of milk before going to bed Agreeing where to meet, at what time Add your own…

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Narrow-minded and muddled, moi? Response to my latest column in Building magazine

Wow. Someone reads my column. And disagrees. (Column text is below the letter by Lucy Rogers.) Grey opinion is worth having 10 December 2010 (Letters, Building Magazine, http://www.building.co.uk) “In Pascale Scheurer’s rant (19 November, page 31) about just about everything, … Continue reading

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My Real University. Is here. Now.

In my late teens or early twenties, I decided I wanted to set up a ‘Real University’. Something like a cross between the Open University, a market square, a festival and a Flying Circus. One incarnation was a very small … Continue reading

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Discrimination by faith and gender is alive and well in schools. But is it legal?

48.7% of London state schools, excluding grammar schools, are either faith- or gender-selective (DfE 2010).  Friends of mine have girl-boy twins and wish them to attend a non-faith school, together.  They have just slightly more than half the school choices … Continue reading

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Come and have a go if you think you’re wired enough: Notes on Jeremy Hunt / Reform breakfast briefing 

mon 6th dec 2010 Key message: “We will be introducing superfast broadband to support the future of the creative industries in UK Plc.  Funds will be accessed locally by a range of providers.” How will JH ensure deprived communities can … Continue reading

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