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 …

I Don’t Trust Mathematicians

  I've always had what I felt was a sensible mistrust of people who can order the world into 'correct' and 'incorrect'. To me, that is the way of the extremist: "difference is bad, my way is good, kill those who oppose". As such, I am wary of┬ámathematicians - or as I like to call …

Sleep

In Haruki Murakami's short story┬áSleep the female protagonist suffers a bout of insomnia that lasts for weeks. Rather than crippling her with fatigue she finds strength in her nocturnal existence, realising that she has become a crushing stereotype of the Japanese housewife; dutifully making love to her dull, dentist husband, refusing alcohol because he didn't …

Fatherly Advice

Bacon. It exists to celebrate certain days like Father's day. Offered up as a delicious porcine sacrifice to the great god of fatherhood. Mother's day is a bit more granola and croissant based, which is fine in its way. But it isn't a bit of pig lovingly and greasily slapped on a plate with extra …

Wide-Eyed Wonder

  It must be wonderful to view the world through the eyes of a toddler. Everything fresh and exciting and new. Every day bringing its own adventures. Laughing as you run away from your parents who are trying to stop you falling down a hole. What japes. Yes, we've moved firmly into the developmental period …

Milestones and Mealtimes

In which Attila the Hun and a trout's anus are used to illustrate the complexities of feeding an infant solid food and the nature of milestones. Milestones. Every part of life is fixated on milestones. They can be the intimate like that first kiss, the loss of virginity or the first time you actually understood …