Jigsaw pieces

Have you ever stared at a jigsaw piece and wondered what it is called or looked at the shape that you are looking for and wondered how to describe it? I have and apparently I am not alone. Despite a few attempts at a comprehensive classification of jigsaw piece shapes and cutting designs, there is … Continue reading Jigsaw pieces

I don’t agree with you

Twice today I have been told that someone doesn’t agree with me.  For a fraction of a second I was hurt and in a way I probably still am.  I am blogging about it after all.   Yet the more I think about it the less concerned I become. Everyone deep down believes that what … Continue reading I don’t agree with you

Evolving people

Early human remains have been discovered in Europe dating back to over seven million years.  This may be stretching a point.  They are the remains of an ape-like creature with human-like teeth found in both Bulgaria and Greece yet the inference is enormous.  This discovery turns our current thinking of human evolution on its head. … Continue reading Evolving people

Social Care

I had a great morning in the One Point Service at Bishop Auckland. The weather was awful and it didn’t help that I had put the wrong postcode into my satnav but other than that it was time very well spent. The One Point Service brings council staff together with the NHS and provides a … Continue reading Social Care

Twenty six days of colour – Eggplant #AtoZchallenge

These have been interesting times in the public sector.  Money has been very tight.  They have called it austerity, a period of eight years of cuts, perhaps longer.  My budget is over forty per cent smaller than five years ago.  I’ve lost nearly half the people who worked for me and still we have some … Continue reading Twenty six days of colour – Eggplant #AtoZchallenge

Unfolding plans 178 – Out of the toolbox

The topic for this round of presentations has been ‘Out of the Toolbox’.  The title is an obvious reference to thinking outside the box but also attempts to draw us back to the work that we do. It was Saul Kaplan who said that we need to take our ideas off the white board and … Continue reading Unfolding plans 178 – Out of the toolbox

Unfolding plans 177 – North East ICT

At this week's North East ICT managers meeting we spent a lot of time talking about devolution.  It is a topic that is exercising the minds of many of us in local government at the moment.  It is the hot button issue. It was a good meeting.  All of the seven councils in the soon-to-arrive … Continue reading Unfolding plans 177 – North East ICT