Weeknote 365: A year’s worth

This week I have learned: Anyone who throws insults at single parents should try being a single parent for a short period of time. Running sessions via video and web is so much more tiring that running them in person. I'm getting even more curmudgeonly about the use of the word "Talent" when people really … Continue reading Weeknote 365: A year’s worth

Weeknote 364: annuities

This week I have learned: Being 47 is pretty much identical to being 46. The Dutch language makes me snigger. Bitcoin is actually dangerously stupid. By 2020 at current rates of growth it will consume all electricity. Already it consumes the equivalent of Morocco. Even in our highly connected world, it's possible to be a … Continue reading Weeknote 364: annuities

Always be selling

I heard yesterday of a couple of companies with whom I've worked falling victim to something of a scam artist, purportedly offering to help them with business development. I was also recently chatting to someone who was relatively new into the world of free range working, and exploring how I go about selling. The thing … Continue reading Always be selling

2017 Colophon

It's been a while since I sat down and worked out what tools I use on a day-to-day basis. It's useful to take stock once in a while. So here goes... Devices: Samsung Galaxy S7 The second-most expensive device I have ever purchased and the one with which I've probably been least satisfied. Yesterday morning … Continue reading 2017 Colophon

Weeknote 361: Two hundred and eighty

This week I have learned: editing video always takes an awfully lot longer than I first expect. This is why it is highly unlikely that WB-40¬†will ever become a TV programme. that the iPad as become a crucial part of my working life. Left at home for a day this week by mistake and I … Continue reading Weeknote 361: Two hundred and eighty

Weeknote 356: raining clients

This week I have learned: the power of pictures, even scrappy, hand drawn pictures, in communicating a message that my business is expanding into Europe. Time to get the Irish passport... that my best sales tool is probably an ability to stand up and tell a half-funny story that Twitter Blankety Blank is awesome. Next … Continue reading Weeknote 356: raining clients


Back in the early 1980s my then senior school, Bushey Hall, was faced with closure. The local education authority had proposed that the place should be shut, merged into another school a mile or so up the road. Parents and pupils fought the proposal. We organised. We created a petition, and got many thousands of … Continue reading Appocracy