Darkness unbeing

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It’s an itch, and urge, a pulling, scratching, gouging force churning away inside him. His chest is tight, knotted, formulate and plotting. Despising and demonic he plots revenge, he charts the motions and savours the instant. Brutal and vicious, he is animal. A deep breath. It refuses to move. Tensed, he is ready to pounce,…

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ISTC Newsletter

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Time flies, particularly when a deadline looms and so it was last night when, due to this silly, short, month (which has flown by) I had to rattle out my monthly column to go in the ISTC Newsletter, InfoPlus+, toute de suite. I mentioned this on Twitter and was promptly asked where it was published….

Harsh Beauty

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The snow has turned to slush, that most dreaded of underfoot conditions. Yet there are small patches of white clinging to the bushes and peppering the fields. The morning light is cold and thin, leaving everything dull and flat. Yet there is still a stark beauty at play, a clean harshness that I find attractive….

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The need for speed

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How fast do you drive? At present I have a powerful car, which I admit I drive too fast. I like to think I’m pretty careful, I’m not doing 60mph past schools or anything, but if the road is clear, and conditions are good my right foot does tend to get quite heavy. And I’m…

Second biggest purchase

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That’s my car. An ’06 plate, Honda Civic 2.2TDi ES model. It’s a wonderful car to drive, with a very good engine and a good level of equipment. The reason I have a diesel is because of the high mileage we do, about 380 miles a week, and it was supposed to be cheaper in…

And stretch…

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Chatting to one of the instructors at the gym last night, I mentioned that I had thought about signing up for a Yoga class as I really need to improve my flexibility. He advised me not to until I’d reached a reasonable level on my own, and at that he turned his attentions to the…

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What do you not do?

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When was the last time you looked at the things you don’t do? The reason I ask is that this very question is occupying my mind at the moment as I try to pull together both a content audit of what we have and a plan to create the things we don’t have. Which isn’t…

All work, no play

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OK, let me just get this out of the road up front. I enjoy my Work. I enjoy the Work part of it, I enjoy the people (mostly), I enjoy the challenges, the thinking processes, the bigger picture planning and the day to day detail that I need to attend to. I get frustrated from…

Drink!

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I had an appointment with the nurse this morning, to get my blood pressure checked. Currently at 147/71 which I’m quite happy with. The second number is the important one, it’s down from 86 at the previous reading, and as I started with 196/122 (eek!) then it seems the pills and exercise and trying to…

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Weekender

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Ohh not done one of these for ages. And the thing is, I really don’t want to revisit one part of the weekend as it’s still very painful. Yes, I’m talking about the rugby. I’m sure if you are a ‘neutral’ it was a thrilling game, but I’m not neutral, I’m Scottish and given how…

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Pulling it all together

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Towards the end of last year I started to see how several related, but disparate, strands of work would start to come together. The information produced by my team, the training collateral, the partner focussed material, is all focussed on the product and this coming week will see the first step towards the realisation of…

Repetition

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Again. Very busy. Can’t blog. Know it’s ok NOT to blog. Still feel I SHOULD blog. Blame Twitter? Stop blogging? Blame work? Blame too many irons in the fire? Not important. Just stuff. Stuff can be put on hold. Grand scheme, this is nothing. But it’s still mine. So it stays. Just not as much….

Efficient for no reason

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Today was a busy day. It wasn’t manic, but I was on the go (still am) and got a lot of stuff done. The things that didn’t get completed were properly rescheduled and a plan put in place, and I also managed to move some things off my plate. Which is good. Thing is, I…

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On Google Wave

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I think I’m starting to get it. I’ve used it a couple of times but not for any other reason than to play with it, but now I have an actual need for a place to collaborate with a group of geographically displaced people, the ISTC Community website, it’s starting to make sense. And I’m…

Being offline

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Things I didn’t do yesterday. 1. Check my email. 2. Check Twitter. 3. Check RSS feeds for updates. 4. Look at any websites, whatsoever. And, you know what, nothing broke, the world is still spinning. Just a wee note to you all, sitting there reading this (yes, all 6 of you), now and again trying…

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