The day your son realises you don’t control the world

https://www.my5.tv/football-on-5-the-championship/season-201718/episode-39 For some years I worked with a really good man called Mick N. In his youth Mick had a trial for Arsenal Football Club, but for a number reasons it didn’t work out for him, so he just got on with his life.  I met Mick when we were both working in The School…

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The Inspector and Cat

The above post shows the style of a very good friend of vivusclub.com, who is aiming to publish his first book ‘The Zygote Crystal -An Inspector and Cat Adventure’ in June. If you like science and space travel stories with a comic edge and a cat thrown in, you will enjoy this book. The main…

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Sunshine and Suicide – Welcome to Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

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This graph is from the Dutch paper published in 2012 ‘Seasonality of Suicidal Behavior’ by Jong-Min Woo, Olaoluwa Okusaga and Teodor T. Postolache. Their conclusion section starts with: “Seasonal variation of suicide rates are one of the most consistent themes from environment-suicide research, when compared to demographic factors, environmental factors and suicide methods.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3315262/ The…

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Time is Nothing

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I’ve just been re-reading, ‘Bits of me are falling apart’, William Lieth, Bloomsbury Publishers, London 2008. In it he writes about the general confusion between time and change. This is how I would describe the time and change confusion: So, let’s say, time was invented by the Egyptians about 1500 BC.  Then all through the…

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Values and Vision

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Half of employees can’t recite their organisation’s vision or values. This heading comes from a 26Feb 2018 London Loves Business post, which says, according to research (Rungway): ‘More than half of employees in the UK can’t recite their organisations vision and nearly half can’t recite the organisations values.’ I’m more horrified that half could!! I…

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More Older People own a DVD player than a CO Alarm

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That’s why this blog is about the deaths and long-term effects caused by Carbon Monoxide poisoning Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! is the national campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by carbon monoxide. Since 2008, the campaign has encouraged people to install carbon monoxide alarms in their homes. http://www.co-bealarmed.co.uk/ I came…

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Cybathlon 2020

  Robert Riener, founded the world’s first Cybathlon, an Olympic-style competition that facilitates a conversation between academia, industry, technology developers and people with disabilities. CYBATHLON is a competition for people with disabilities, who, supported by the latest assistance systems in various disciplines, compete against each other and solve everyday tasks. We went to the first…

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Ninot 2018

Getting rid of the faults – Valencia style   Fallas in Valencian means faults in Spanish. The popular version of the origins for this event is that it originated with the guild of carpenters, who burnt all the rubbish lying around in their workshops on the eve of Saint Joseph’s day. Ninot in Valencian means…

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Regards-Number 10 Direct Communications Unit

On the 29th November 2017, I received an email supposedly from: Sir Eric Pickles eric.pickles@theparliamentaryreview.co.uk It started with: “Dear Alexis, I am writing to invite Confident Communication to represent technology in The Parliamentary Review for 2018.” And finished with: “For now, please contact James Thomas, Director of Policy at The Parliamentary Review, on 020 7428…

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A brief history of Polari: the curious after-life of the dead language for gay men

by Paul Baker, Professor of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University https://theconversation.com/a-brief-history-of-polari-the-curious-after-life-of-the-dead-language-for-gay-men-72599       In early February, the Church of England College expressed regret that in an evening liturgy in Cambridge, God was referred to as the Duchess. The service had been advertised as a Polari evening prayer in anticipation of LGBT History Month,…

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