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Chinese lessons: part II

May 22, 2012

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And so it begins, in earnest.  Chinese lessons.  Official Chinese lessons.  Not Chinese lessons in a park, on a bench, with whoever has decided to take it upon themselves to teach me the Mandarin for Beijing Duck this week. No, I’ve enrolled at The Hutong School in Sanlitun.  A proper school, with a proper syllabus, […]

Personal Branding Online

January 22, 2012

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Reputation matters, it’s why large organisations spend so much time and money to build, manage and maintain theirs and why the results can be so devastating for companies and individuals when the tide turns against them. Once tarnished, a reputation can be incredibly difficult to rebuild. Whilst it’s always been like that, the advent of […]

Why your world is about to get a whole lot smaller

March 28, 2010

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You would expect Jeff Rubin’s “Why Your World is About to get a Whole Lot Smaller” to go into a great deal of depth on the issue of peak oil but his exploration of peak corn, food and natural gas are well written and interesting escapades.  His writing style makes a whole heap of stats […]

The River Cottage Cookbook

November 30, 2009

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Tremendous stuff.  Really.  This is right up there with one of those weekends when you turn on the TV at 9am only to find it’s wall to wall Whittingstall as far as the eye can see. Don’t expect too many recipes here, they really do take back seat to pages of prep and animal husbandry. […]

Symbol of Courage: A History of the Victoria Cross

November 30, 2009

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More of a book for dipping in and out than for reading cover to cover.  The background to the battles during which VCs were awarded is enlightening (although I picked this up somewhat annoyingly just weeks before Private Beharry’s latest medal).  The dispatches notes themselves are surprisingly ordinary and although a fantastic collection overall, can […]

Influence: the Psychology of Persuasion

October 30, 2009

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I’m often wary of books that look like this for fear of them masquerading as an interesting read before revealing themselves to be nothing more than a spurious collection of sales truisms.  This book is different. It walks through theory in an enlightening and surprising kind of way to leave you knowing about techniques that […]

The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories

October 30, 2009

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I won’t pretend that this book doesn’t take some work, and at 736 large pages of small text, it certainly does.  But Booker’s masterpiece is well worth the perseverance (and possibly a ten day holiday to Canada fit it into) for anyone interested in why we tell stories and which ones we tell.  Booker talks through […]