Another year, another VB

I’m drinking another bottle of VB (Victoria Bitter) beer. It’s a beer I’ve always disliked, though I drink it every year on this day. It means another year has passed since my good mate JPS passed away. A guy that was full of life, and a fridge often filled with VB. This day is devoted […]

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Applying EA to my life

Everyone brings their experience and life to their work, afterall it is who we are.  People may assume it works the other way also.  It’s not always the case. I’ve heard of chefs who refuse to cook at home. And some strict, powerful people I’ve seen in the workplace are absolutely bubbly, softies away from […]

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The saddest blog I hope I ever write

A tragic event rocked our new year.  On New Year’s Eve, a dear family friend’s son took his own life. It still seems like a bad dream. There was no prior warning, there were no signs. There seems to be no reasons. An army of friends banded together to show the family their support and help. Though […]

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I’m weak with weaknesses

At a recent interview I was stumped by the common question about what I feel are my weaknesses. I knew it was a standard question, and did prepare for it at some stage, though when it was time to respond I almost drew a complete blank. The question followed in order from what I thought […]

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Should we be Social after we die

Last year a dear family friend passed away from a heart attack. This morning on my smart phone I received a Notification it was his birthday today, “Tap to write on his Timeline!” I decided not to. It made me wonder though, what is the protocol in these socially-connected times when you do pass away? […]

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My Enterprise Architecture elevator pitch

There’s always some debate on the value of enterprise architecture, and particularly whether it deserves any real focus on it. I was definitely in the pro-EA camp, having been in the role for around 10 years. With anything you wish to sell, it’s handy to have an “Elevator Pitch” ready. For those unfamiliar, an elevator […]

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X multiplied by Y = why

Many runners enjoy running in groups. Running with company can help in terms of safety, and just extra enjoyment to pass the time. However, everybody runs at different paces. I recently experienced a situation where runners set off at different times, running at their own speeds, and hoped to meet up at some point on […]

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Are Bing searchers smarter than Google searchers?

When I have Internet Explorer open, I use their embedded Search box to quickly find what I’m after. Before I even finish typing, it’s often interesting to see what the search engines predict I’m searching for. It’s quite an innovation to provide new web searchers with insights of what previous searchers were looking for. Well, […]

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Pet Holidays

Ramadan has been and gone for another year. It went relatively quickly for me.  My family returned home for four weeks – as the great majority of expats tend to do, to avoid Dubai’s summer assault. It was a smart move, the temperature was quite intense. I heard that Dubai had one day over the […]

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The Olympics selection business case

The “ruling” is in, Pippa Savage won’t compete at the London Olympics. A couple of weeks ago, Emma Snowsill also lost her “appeal”. Olympic selection is no longer a sacred unassailable privilege. It’s a discriminatory process – potentially costing athlete’s opportunities, which is right for legal challenge. Perhaps the athletes’ intentions are to make sure […]

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