Walking Down the Aisle

A true story. A relative of Himself is a vicar at a local church. The church doors open.  The bride is ready.  The organ strikes up and plays: Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the glen Robin Hood, Robin Hood, with his band of men Feared by the bad, loved by the good Robin Hood, … Continue reading

My Father’s Eyes are Blue – Coventry Literature Festival

Writing about – http://www.spaghettigazetti.com/2009/03/local-lad-done-good.html Local poet Anthony Owen will be on his home turf when he appears at the Third Coventry International Festival Of Literature at the Belgrade Theatre in May. The Coventry Literature Festival is unique among UK literature festivals due to its focus on community events, with public writing workshops, children’s events and … Continue reading

Charlotte G’s Malteser Cake

Box or large bag of maltesers 12 crushed digestive biscuits 4oz (125g) margarine 1 tbsp syrup 6oz (175g) chocolate Topping – 11oz (325g) chocolate Melt the margerine, syrup and chocolate Add malesers and digestives Press mixture into a tray/dish Allow to cool Topping – Melt the chocolate and cover the base Allow to set in … Continue reading

What’s a Physics?

Thanks to Daily Mash for providing this pastiche of our week in Ofqual Comms: CONCERNS have been raised over the standard of science teaching after it emerged thousands of GCSE pupils could not tell the difference between a microscope and a frog. Question Two: Which one is the frog and which one is the miocropscope? … Continue reading

Social Capital & Knowledge Exchange: Blogging Inside the Enterprise

You may think I’ve been unusually quiet recently, but I’ve been diverting my energies into other channels, including a guest spot at Simply Communicate a site that collates advice, toolkits and templates covering every aspect of internal communication inside organisations. Here is a taster: Internal blogging can give us: The ability to get to know … Continue reading

Twitter: is it too limited?

This is a bookmark to Mat Mannion’s post: Twitter is not fit for (my) purpose(s) following this twitter conversation (as best as I can recreate it): @mathewjm Having this sort of interaction 140 characters at a time is sub-optimal, for example!!! 5:50 AM Jan 20th from TweetDeck in reply to mathewjm @mathewjm Or is it … Continue reading

Chromatic Menu Planning

Writing about http://theschooloflife.typepad.com/the_school_of_life/2008/12/a-nine-course-chromatic-culinary-feast-.html I have been challenged on Facebook by Ellie Clewlow at Intersecting Sets to think about this. I’m going to try and do so without referring to Tessa Kiros’s Apples for Jam which is themed in colour chapters.

Cabinet Office Employee Engagement Kit

Writing about http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/iam/engagement.asp The Cabinet Office has put together an amazing pack on an approach on Employee Engagement (complete with survey).  The contents of this post, which is a draft of a paper that I am putting together for our Management Committee, is shamelessly stolen from the pack. I should also add here (adhering to … Continue reading

Normal People

Writing about BBC investigation uncovers racial discrimination amongst lettings and employment agencies I am absolutely aghast at this.  And really, I don’t have much else to say. Next, our researcher passed himself as a potential employer looking for a temporary receptionist, who he insisted, had to be white. What follows are the agency staff’s answers … Continue reading