PEGs are not just for hanging out the laundry!

The clothes peg is a commonly used (at least in the summer) household object. Most of us have them, though we rarely regard them. They are so basic yet so useful, they have the ability of serving many functions in addition to it’s original one. It can be used to hang stuff, to hold, to fasten, endless number of uses.  The […]

Business Support Simplification – an analysis

Is it possible for a Government to provide simple support to businesses? Well the UK Government thinks it is, but recognises that it hasn’t been very good at the simple part. A few years ago some wag pointed out that there were over 3,000 different grants, programmes, schemes, advice networks, etc (nobody really knew the […]

Sir Ken in his element

Are you passionately doing something you’re good at? That was Sir Ken Robinson‘s challenge to us (and everyone really) last night at the Arnolfini. I hadn’t seen his TED2006 presentation, you should, its just there on the right. First of all, Sir Ken is an exceptional speaker. Very self-depreciating sense of humour, great timing, stage […]

A real Live Guy

A variation of igFest‘s Moosehunt came to Bristol yesterday in the form of Vodafone’s LiveGuy, his mission (which it looks like he accepted with eagerness): I’m travelling from the north to the south of Britain, laying down clues to my whereabouts. Your mission is to find me – and maybe even bag yourself a netbook. […]

Journal Letters – continuing a saga

When you write a journal article you are trying to do a number of things. You are; Disseminating the information you have gathered Keeping the literature up to date Telling your story and defending your position Putting your head above the parapet Having written your article and had it accepted you feel very pleased with […]

Key activity indicators of successful companies

What makes successful companies different? What a great research question, and one that the University of Strathclyde posited a couple years back. They followed up with 37 companies, in 8 EU countries and gathered over 1,000 stories (interview descriptions of processes and activities). Catherine Maguire from Strathclyde was presenting their findings. They began with the […]

Diving Diseases Research at Dive 2008

I have had the pleasure of working at the ‘Diving Diseases Research Centre’ for more than 9 years. One of the things that I have been involved in numerous times over that period is staffing the stand at the national dive shows. DDRC’s introduction to the world reads ‘DDRC – Is a charity providing support […]

Publications – Just like buses!

Sometimes you can be working on projects for years and you can feel that no substantial outputs are ever going to come from them. Then all of a sudden stuff happens! Sometimes the stuff is further funding, sometimes it is conference abstracts, posters or oral presentations and sometimes you get publications. That is the case […]