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March 2013

Of two welshmen

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 31, 2013  · 

Over the last three days and nights I have watched Philip Madoc's wonderful warts and all portrayal of Lloyd George in the 1981 BBC series The Life and Times of Lloyd George.  It finishes with Churchill's oration in the House of Commons where he acknowledged Lloyd George's creation of national insurance, the pension and the basic foundation of the modern welfare state.  He also finally shackled the Lords into respect for the will of the people expressed through the commons.  It was another Welshman, and another orator Aneurin Bevan...

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“Judgement Day” proves ironic

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 30, 2013  ·  Rugby

Enterprising marketing by the WRU today with a double header match involving all four Welsh regions in the Millennium Stadium.  They all turned out to be close matches and the overall audience was around twice what it would have been if the two matches had been held in the home stadiums.  More could have been done to make it a bigger day out and the merchandise was limited.  There was still a feel good factor from the defeat of the English two weeks ago and some residual traces of the atmosphere.  Unfortunately the train service had...

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On sleeping (or not)

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 29, 2013  ·  Polemic

One of those nightmare flights that you get from time to time.  It started badly with the One World Lounges in Changi Airport undergoing refurbishment so everyone was packed into Turkish Airlines lounge.  I'd planned a shower and G&T in the BA FIrst Class lounge (thanks to high status cards, not class of travel) but it was not to be.  So I ended up getting on the plane, frazzeled, hot and sweaty.

Flying with Finn Air via Helsinki is always pot luck as they have both modern and ancient planes.  Tonight we had one of the oldest....

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On eating

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 28, 2013  ·  Musings

A highly enjoyable evening before flying out of Singapore.  A meal, hosted by Peter Ho with Brian Arthur, Jan Vasbinder and Jonathan Ng in Gattopardo in Fort Canning.  Brian and I swapped Northern Ireland stories from the 70s before the conversation covered the design of both justice systems and airports with many other subjects in between and around and about.   I've been at many dinners, lunches and breakfasts with Peter over the years and where there are other guests they have always been fascinating. Brian was the star tonight,...

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On writing

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 27, 2013  ·  Musings

I managed to write a whole article from start to finish today.  It's about Complexity and Lean for the special edition of a journal and ended up with the title Cooks in a Messy Kitchen, thanks to the overall editor Jim Sutton for that.   I also kept it under three thousand words on the first draft which looks to be the final draft.  I can say that as Jim has accepted it without knowledge of the creative process!   Now in IBM days I used to do this a lot.   Getting user orientated articles out was one of the things the Institute for...

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