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August, 2017

Not the briar patch, Brer Trump!

March, 2017

A Serious Case of the DTs

January, 2017

The American Yeltsin
Sunlight Through Troubled Times
Beyond Zealots and Cold-War Warriors

December, 2016

A Vandal at the Gates of Rome

October, 2016

Are you conscious?

September, 2016

Brave New World?

August, 2016

Stop, for a moment.

July, 2016

Rupert's Coup

March, 2016

Between a Shill and a Hard Case

July, 2015

Swimming in a sea of sugar

June, 2015

Information Rich, Attention Poor
Nerds need to get out more ...

March, 2015

There is a homunculus at the end of the garden path

October, 2014

Determination, not dreams
Welcome Home
Addicted to GDP
Irony?Karma? - take your pick

August, 2014

History? Whose story?
Marketing Ebola

July, 2014

As above, so below

December, 2013

A time for tolerance

November, 2013

Thinking out of the xBox
The old ones are the best ones ...
Welcome to the Gulag

October, 2013

A timely response to spying

September, 2013

Obedience and the Machine
Ban the bible?
Fracticide - don't do it.

July, 2013

Serfing, USUK

June, 2013

Deafened by gossip

May, 2013

Who needs words...?

April, 2013

Why would they stop?
It must be true

March, 2013

Beyond belief

February, 2013

RBS: doing Fine, not Time
Pillars tumbling down
Trouble with models
A matter of perspective

January, 2013

Royal Promo
Boiling the Lance
Boson Brains Rule

November, 2012

Burning symbols

October, 2012

Charles and Jimmy's little secret
Beach bums and Magi
A Reality Check
Happy Birthday

August, 2012

A journey through riotous times

July, 2012

Caring for life
Not everyone for Tennis?
A banker lie? Unthinkable!

June, 2012

A cynical ploy
Collateral damage for The United States of Europe
Will you walk into my parlour?
Beams and motes
From one Jubilee to another

May, 2012

Perturbations
A crazy idea
The course of time
Sorry, Harry

April, 2012

Cracks in the Rear-View Mirror
A keeper of sheeple
Principled Policing
Say goodbye to Betty
Lessons learned
Causality and good news
Manufactured irrelevance
Corporate responsibility

March, 2012

Poppycock - without question
Who's pushing your buttons?
Investigate the Blair-Murdoch Conspiracy

February, 2012

In Praise of The Seven Liberal Arts
The real story
When giving is taking
Giving it all away

November, 2011

Poking a hornets nest
Wealth of Nations poured away
Squeaky and the Paedophile Prince
Boiling frogs
Death of an industry
Change blindness
What a world ...

October, 2011

Gifts
Pictures and words
Screeching to a halt.
Taxing noise

September, 2011

Hand over your money
Breeding psychopaths
Mr Fox, is the hen house safe?
A ludicrous Conspiracy Theory
Can you believe your eyes?
Getting eye contact
Partners in Crime

July, 2011

It was the Wettins 'wot won it'

May, 2011

Kevin
Heir apparently

April, 2011

Putting Emergencies in Context
Underground networks travelling First Class

March, 2011

Be careful what you ask for
Water - a tale of two countries
Newspeak
Here we go again ...
Wake up!!!

February, 2011

Priorities
The right stuff
Revolution! ... and yet, and yet.
Follow the money
Shh - don't tell the children
Does the MoD have a Cunning Plan?

January, 2011

Met Office caught in winter weather whitewash
Read between the lines
The new parable of Noah
Banking on People

November, 2010

Wettins don't say sorry
It's just not fair ...
Remember, remember ...

October, 2010

Kindness sees no crime
Pundits in the frame
Killer drones target the middle class
A tale of two Charlies

September, 2010

A failure to discriminate ...
Good Grief
A rent-boy's rent-boy

August, 2010

Size psycho-fancy
Baiting a Wikid Trap?

July, 2010

... at the gates of Rome
Monday musings

June, 2010

Guilty - but not charged
Psychopaths at the door

May, 2010

ConDemned to the Shock Doctor
Driven by metaphor
Guns and Banksters
Death of Old Conker

April, 2010

Bankster at bay ...
Nuke Iceland?
Smokescreen

March, 2010

It's how you say it ...
Bullying Manner
Quelle surprise!
Iceland - showing the way.

February, 2010

Small steps to a far place
Seeds of silence

January, 2010

Liar
So who needs people?
Late and censored
Freedom for life

December, 2009

Patterns
Testament
Boy-friendly!

October, 2009

Fools served by Zombies
Webs
BBC dogs that didn't bark ...

September, 2009

Taken Hostage

August, 2009

Have a good weekend ...
High Frequency Trading ...
Money money money
Fit for a politician

July, 2009

Inside clouds

June, 2009

Fond thoughts of Tony Blair ...
A good day ...
Midnight musing

May, 2009

aaah diddums
Zal may ...

April, 2009

Echos of a dark past
Sharks in the Shadows
Worlds Apart

January, 2009

Money Matters
Killing History
Magic

December, 2008

Home improvements
Get the Picture?

November, 2008

Barak - the movie

October, 2008

Won't get fooled again
Bankers, all of them!

September, 2008

And The Winner is ...
Light relief
A Financial 9/11
That's Lucky!
On this day

August, 2008

Mark My Words

July, 2008

The Management Myth
Sense Making Questions

June, 2008

Beware this Griffin
42 Day Folly
A Tortured Silence

May, 2008

A new Dawn needed
Is Justin Webb A Neo-Con?
The Puppy, the Mountain and the Fascists

April, 2008

Attention Pays

March, 2008

Fat Cats and Pork Pies
Fed up Darling?
Swearing - it's just not British!

October, 2007

TsarkoMania

The course of time   May 17, 2012

An entry in my diary from last week refers to the arrival of warm air outside! After a very cold winter and bleak spring, it felt wonderful to open the doors and windows to let in the fresh, soft, warm air.

There is much to do, mowing, planting, trimming hedges and generally clearing up the detritus of last years glorious summer. Here in rural France we feel particularly close to the seasons and their rhythms; looking out for the new moon and welcoming back returning birds: swallows, owls and cuckoos.

A particular friend is a Great Egret that first visited our small lake for a month in 2007, but now stays with us from November through March - and has raised a family for each of the last two years.

It must have been a great shock to our ancestors when, in a relatively short space of time, we changed from keeping time with the seasons to keeping time with a clock. Quite suddenly, under pressure from the enclosures and rapid industrialisation, we had to work to the beat of the machine, rather than the beat of our heart.

Living in over-crowded, often squalid cities we could no longer be self-sufficient, no longer forage for ourselves. Far from the soil, the sounds and the feel of nature, we became dependent. Gradually the natural world has been forgotten as we have become enveloped in iron, steel and concrete.

Living close to nature ('the real world') you notice that it takes time for things to happen, you have to wait. Plant a seed and wait - if the conditions are right, a small miracle of growth will occur. The seed might become a mighty oak or a beautiful orchid, but whichever it is, will need time to go through various stages of growth.

We tend to forget the difference between the needs of such complex, natural systems and those of much simpler, linear business systems which drive our working world. We confuse these two types of systems to our eternal detriment and loss.

Our corporate world uses human beings as if they are machines. We forget that you can not take nine women, impregnate them, give them a month each and then assemble the parts into a whole baby.

In this forgetting, we impatiently rail against our world - firing people who do not make things happen quickly enough, changing direction too soon, throwing away countless babies with oceans of bathwater. Rarely taking our time.

In days gone by they knew that it takes years to learn a trade. A young man, or woman, would have been apprenticed for between seven and ten years, before going out into the world as a journeyman. At which point they could contribute to their community and provide for a family.

This ancient system continued until the middle of the last century - my own father completed a five year engineering apprenticeship in Coventry in 1936 and was awarded the freedom of the city as a consequence.

Real learning like that has a strong affective component and requires change, not just change like a change of clothes, but change of identity. By the time you have been through a long apprenticeship, you are a different person. A profound change takes place over time.

In a way we are all apprentices: apprenticed to each other, to life, to our ideals. We can learn much from those around us, but nourishing the seeds of love in one another takes time and a commitment to giving.


Posted by Nicholas Moore    11:19:34 AM
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