I was making my way to Aspire on the Quayside at Gateshead, along the road from the small car park to its new offices. Just outside the door, on the other side of the road, there were some wilted flowers tied to a lamppost, something you see all too frequently on busy roads where someone … Continue reading Stop and reflect
What’s the definition of hybrid working?
Image thanks to Mitel Back at the Catalyst in Newcastle, in a conversation somewhere around Womble Bond Dickinson’s event. I can’t recall if I was listening to a panel, sitting in a panel or just having a chat with a group of people but someone said that there was no definition of what hybrid working … Continue reading What’s the definition of hybrid working?
Leading with Newcastle
Image thanks to TechNation Last week I had the privilege of being on a panel at Womble Bond Dickinson’s great North East digital sector: 2023 outlook event at the Catalyst in the heart of Newcastle University. The panel I was on was about Digital for Good, a subject I was more than happy to talk … Continue reading Leading with Newcastle
Draw your circle
The Penguin Book Of The British Short Story (volume 2) is a heavy tome. With 708 pages of prose plus an introduction and author biographies it was some job to hold in the bath. I apologies if the thought of me in the bath has put you off whatever it was you were doing but … Continue reading Draw your circle
Sanctioning cyber attack actors
Image thanks to NCSC Forty minutes before we started recording this week’s episode of our excellent podcast ‘It’s Cyber Up North’, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) made this announcement via Twitter: ‘UK and US partners have today sanctioned seven Russian cyber criminals associated with developing or deploying a range of ransomware strains.’ You can … Continue reading Sanctioning cyber attack actors
Image thanks to Prospect Magazine Evolution is one of those subjects that has fascinated me for years. The process of species forming out of another is mindblowing, so seemingly complex that people often cite the fact there are no missing links as proof that it doesn’t happen. Yet if you think about how many trillions … Continue reading Emerging parties
Get a perspective
Image thanks to Archaelogy.org There’s a lot of Dr Alice Roberts on the television these days. It must be the channels that I watch but she seems to pop up everywhere. Most of the programmes I have seen anyway. I don’t watch much television yet sit in front of it a lot. Archaeology is not … Continue reading Get a perspective
The M62 rule
There was a time when I enjoyed driving, a good job too as some years I would cover 60,000 miles. That was a long time sitting in a car. But not now. Other than the occasional tootle in the countryside there is little pleasure in sitting behind the wheel anymore, for me at least It … Continue reading The M62 rule
Sack the MP
In the end it was all rather quick. One minute Zahawi was here and the next minute he was gone. Sunday morning must have been a good day to bury bad news. On the face of it, Sunak has done what he said he would. Faced with the evidence he removed the Minister without Portfolio, … Continue reading Sack the MP
Who wrote that?
The desk in my home office is covered in paper, great big sheets of it. Do you remember the stuff? Smooth, off-white and creased where it had to be folded to get in my bag. Somewhere there is also a yellow notebook, half filled with my scribbles. The flip chart sheets are covered in writing … Continue reading Who wrote that?