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What year is it?

If you don’t work in London, we won’t pay you London wages. ‘So why are you closing the London offices then?’. Let’s park this WFW conundrum for a while and take a look at the positive and redemptive qualities of sport. We have just had the 2020 Euros, which ended in a deserved win for the best team, Italy, and was widely regarded as a huge success. Until at least a thousand drunk English fans breached the Wembley ‘security’, like…

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What is an acceptable level of risk?

Life is full of risk and the pandemic makes us consider what are unacceptable risks to life and what can then be done to reduce them. We are told we ‘must learn to live’ with the virus; some people will inevitably die from it, so what is an ‘acceptable’ number of Covid deaths? The UK government’s chief medical adviser and now human punchbag, Chris Whitty, points out that we live with seasonal flu, which kills thousands each year. Like deaths…

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It’s all Greek from now on

You have to marvel at science. There have apparently been over 500,000 iterations of the Covid virus and the scientists have managed so far to identify four that are of sufficient interest to them  to continue lockdown. The current mutation keeping governments in a state of paralysis is Delta (previously known as the Indian variant). We will probably have progressed through the Greek alphabet at least twice before humanity can return to normal. Last August I wrote this article for…

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Let’s get physical

As the UK population suffers from increasing Stockholm Syndrome, data released by various sources place it in second place, behind Portugal, in the EU obesity league tables. With around 28% of its population obese, type 2 diabetes is soaring and 15 months’ of lockdown has considerably worsened the UK’s health. The UK, however, is not alone. Earlier this month, the European Parliament called for the better treatment and management of obesity as average obesity levels in the EU have risen…

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Be careful out there

As we receive government guidance on who to hug and for how long, and record numbers of UK citizens drink themselves to death, as newly named variants are batted from country to country, like 50,000+ different, yet essentially identical tennis balls, I would like to return to a topic that I think has far more potentially dangerous outcomes than a cuddle with granny. The perfect storm is on its way.  As I wrote in 2019: A few days ago, I…

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2020 Vision revisited

What year is it? I’ve no idea and it’s getting increasingly confusing. We are currently waiting for Euro 2020 and the 2020 Olympics, even though my diary says it’s 2021. Anyway, it seems as good a time as any to go back to our 2020 Vision, where we predicted what the following year would bring. Here is the article we published at the beginning of January 2020: In my opinion, it all started to unravel in 2016. Donald Trump was…

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Regal titles

I can remember my introduction to fancy work titles. I was in the company underground garage with the chairman. I saw a nice-looking Aston Martin and asked him whose it was. “Our new CFO’s.” he said, “He was Bjorn Borg’s accountant.” “What, he bankrupted Bjorn Borg?” I answered. Who was this dude? Well, obviously, he was our new chief financial officer, and from then on, directors’ titles have been given ever-more fancy names and accompanying abbreviations, to the extent that…

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Meghan Markle: HR nightmare

As we forget the reasons why we have been locked up for the past 12 months, people are getting increasingly fed up of their new, enforced work/life balance. So God bless the British Royal Family.  In times of despair, they can always be relied on to provide their subjects (including the Commonwealth) and the rest of the world, with some much-needed entertainment.  So, having previously given us the Crown, on Netflix, the world’s second most famous dysfunctional family (after the…

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Rich guy retires (sort of)

At the beginning of February, Jeff Bezos announced that he was going to stand down as CEO of Amazon.  He said: “Being the CEO of Amazon is a deep responsibility, and it’s consuming.” He is going to remain as executive chair, and plans to “stay engaged in Amazon initiatives,” but also put his energy into his “other passions, like the Day 1 Fund, the Bezos Earth Fund, Blue Origin and The Washington Post,”among others. Good for him. Jeff Bezos is…

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How to live and work alongside Covid

As UK travel sanctions come into effect, exactly 12 months too late, we find the world in a state of flux, as we wait to see what is left of the universe we once knew; where are our freedoms, our joys, our work? As the virus mutates, society and the workforce need to learn to co-exist with Coronavirus, as we do with the flu and the measles. Now is maybe not the time, but when will be? We have lost…

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