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Its been a funny few months for reasons not appropriate just yet for this blog. But much reflection on the nature of existence and my personal/professional aspirations has been ongoing.

In the course of a recent conversation with the wonderful Aimie Chapple at Accenture, we got to discussing finding meaning in the things that we do. Aimie made an interesting observation that when she’s out and about in London – even at the oddest times, she is always interested in those people around her and what they are doing. And making the point that although we can never be sure on the specifics, each of those people we meet as we go on our merry way are doing something, serving some purpose, or ambition or need or aspiration. They (insert here).

It made me think about a section of the late, great Saul Bellow’s wonderful book ‘Seize the Day’, which in the course of its observations on the struggle of a once promising, now stunted life, offers this:

“On Broadway it was still bright afternoon and the gassy air was almost motionless under the laden spokes of sunlight, and sawdust footprints lay about the doorways of butcher shops and fruit stores. And the great great crowd, the inexhaustible current of millions of every race and kind pouring out, pressing round, of every age, of every genius, possessors of every human secret, antique and future, in every face the refinement of one particular motive or essence – I labor, I spend, I strive, I design, I love, I cling, I uphold I give way, I envy, I long, I scorn, I die, I hide, I wantFaster, much faster than any man could make the tally”

It’s such a simple and yet powerful reflection. Try it next time you walk the mean streets of London or beyond. It has made me see my fellow travellers in a different and exciting light.

Now if I could only figure my own (insert here). For now I’ll settle for I blog.


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In Fact

One of my favorite monthly reads is the brilliant ‘In Fact’ column in Prospect

October provided the usual range of gems including the brilliant fact that:

“Martha Stewart, Snoop Dogg, Pablo Neruda and Dimitri Shostakovich have all been banned from entering Britain”.

Aside from this being a rather unlikely foursome, more importantly it’s good to know that we can all sleep easy safe from harm knowing Martha Stewart cannot wander lonely (and free) as a cloud across the green fields of Blighty. I find her brand of “life-styling” to be very threatening. Is it just me but I keep waking up with terrible dreams of soft furnishings, neutral tones and pumpkin pie wafting on the soft evening air.

Border Control – I salute you.


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In the beginning…the First Post


Deciding my first blog entry should be about why I have decided to blog is, I recognise, both incredibly self indulgent and lacking in any value for anyone other than myself.  But if I’m going to break some cardinal blogging rules I thought I may as well be done with it right up front and then move on. So, please indulge me.

I’ve been a blog voyeur for some time now. I have marvelled, laughed, reflected, learned and questioned much about the world, my profession and indeed life itself thanks to those who allow me to sneak under the covers of their cognitive processing across the Blogosphere. I’ve been intimidated by some, encouraged by many but I’ve never felt comfortable about putting finger to keypad and striking out on my own. Questions, so many questions:

  • Have I really got anything of value to say?
  • Will anyone read it and does that matter? Is it enough just for me ?
  • Is it an act of self indulgence?
  • What would I possibly blog about?

And then I realised….like everything else in life I’ll just have to figure it out as I go.

I’m curious and maybe that’s enough for now. Perhaps I’ll blog and find it makes me ‘better’ by affirming what I think, what I care for, who I am and more importantly who I might become (albeit in beta). Maybe it will make me more perceptive or encourage a pursuit of mindfulness about the world around me.  Maybe it will be because it’s an opportunity to participate in a world which, as Doc Searls and David Weinberger put it in World of Ends, nobody owns, everybody can use, and anybody can improve…a chance to participate in a truly democratic conversation to which no formal invitation is required. As Meg Hourihan stated in her 2002 post ‘What we’re doing when we’re blogging’: “Much like free speech itself, what we say is much less important than the platform that enables us to say it”.

And so, like life itself, this blog is and shall remain in beta. Let’s see where it goes.

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