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Cat with Green Eyes by Vera Kratchovil


In the UK currently we’re coming to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – while at the same time everyone’s talking about how our country needs to be more innovative and entrepreneurial. But might not the first rule out the second?

The more we celebrate Royalty and take days off to do this, the more we acknowledge we know our place, and believe Continue reading


Maybe you know this feeling. You get an idea, you start to research it, that takes you tangentially to lots of other sources of inspiration – and quite soon, you have 7 ideas… none of which you’ve drilled down into, or looked at in the harsh light of reality.

Now people have written ominous tomes about how our online behaviour Continue reading

It was a most fantastic day at Cybher yesterday, the women bloggers conference and you may guess that there was absolutely no need at all for anyone to pump up the volume… Heck, some of these gals can talk..

Big thanks to Sian and her team for the event and invite to contribute – and for all you that missed it, but want to know more, here are the slides.

Here’s Continue reading

So you go into a meeting/workshop/tutorial room feeling on top of your game… looking forward to your session…and positive interaction – and then you spot them.

Sitting slightly away from everyone else, they will be demonstrably engrossed in their smart phone, i-pad or incredibly pressing work. Yes, they are a member of that global tribe, who turn up when least expected or needed … the lesser-spotted Determinedly Difficult Person.

A couple of weeks ago, I had one of these in a group. She was on the offensive from the outset – maybe to do with me, or maybe to do with her having better things to do (the big boss had organized the session).

She’d run workshops and presentations herself she said, but we differed fundamentally over what this meant. Hers was that this involves ‘exercising power and control over the audience’. Call me lily-livered, but mine was about ‘hoping to be mildly influential and engage people’.

She works in a singular role in Continue reading

Sometimes I think the web may be inducing extreme binary thinking – everything here is either evil incarnate and all our children will be pornographers – or, it is our great salvation, where we will collaboratively experience some kind of sharing rapture.

People get their knickers in a twist equally about self-publishing. All ‘traditional’ or ‘legacy’ publishers either deserve to die goes one tune, while the other pipes that self-publishing will democratize all our voices, we’ll all write books, which will be marvellous but for no money and Amazon will rule the world.

Here’s a tale that is somewhere down Continue reading