Change Management

I remember once having to sit through a two hour seminar on change management in schools given by a consultant who was earning far more than I was. To be fair, the guy did a pretty decent job of speaking much and saying little. I think most people attend these kinds of training events with …

Staring Into The Gathering Dark.

Apocalypse Now has such a prolonged climax that it becomes uncomfortable viewing. However, because of that discomfort, it develops a haunting profundity. By that point in the film we know, as an audience, that we have been taken on a journey into the heart of darkness; to the very edge of reason. But yet there …

Love

    When I proposed to my now wife I did so, as is traditional, with a diamond ring. It wasn't a very large diamond, but it was as big as I could afford. It did, however, have a couple of things going for it. Firstly, it had a GIA certificate which proved that it …

Happy New Year!

Top fact: January is named after Janus, the Roman god of transitions and beginnings (and also the name Sean Bean's character takes in Goldeneye). He is often depicted as having two faces (the god, not Sean Bean) and is supposed to represent the dualistic nature of this time of year - the simultaneous looking back …

A Road Accident

There is a particular sound to a scooter being crushed by a pick-up truck. A scrape of heavy plastic across asphalt followed by a curtailed scream and a shuddering crunch. We were in a taxi heading to the hospital for the three month scan. The wife was pregnant and we had stayed in town, attending …

Tropical Groundhog Day

In Thailand the months slide in effortless fluidity from one to the next; the year seems to lose its footing around May and then it's December and you're wondering how you seem to have missed being present when October happened. When living in the land of permanent summer it's hard to keep track of the year. November …