Busy, Busy, Busy *

I’ve been an idle blogger of late for all sorts of ‘being busy’ reasons, not least because darling daughter has been back home from Japan for the last three weeks.

That has involved quite a few outings to the zoo, the cinema, bowling and for meals etc so, what with one thing and another, blogging has taken a back seat.

But we put her on a plane back to the land of the rising sun early yesterday morning and so life is returning to normal, at least until the spring when she is likely to leave her teaching post there to return to Europe.

While on our travels around the highways and byways of old England, we came back to a question that has bothered me for some time: just when and why did the business of transport companies become ‘logistics’? I’m guessing it was about the time that personnel became human resources and then people services.

It can’t be long before people service becomes people solutions because it seems that every company has to include the word solutions in its strapline. It made me wonder what might have happened had ‘solutions’ been a buzz word throughout history. Here are some I came up with:

Ablutions Solutions – The Talmud
Circumlocution Solutions – Almost any politician
Rosicrucian Solutions – Christian Rosenkreuz
Electrocution Solutions – Nikola Tesla
Illusion Solutions – Paul Daniels
Absolution Solutions – The Roman Catholic Church
Revolution Solutions – Vladimir Lenin
Transfusion Solutions – Tony Hancock in the Blood Donor
Dissolution Solutions – Henry VIII
Lilliputian Solutions – Jonathan Swift
Execution Solutions – Albert Pierrepoint
Evolution Solutions – Charles Darwin
Redistribution Solutions – Karl Marx
Persecution Solutions – Tomás de Torquemada
Solution Solutions – Sherlock Holmes

Other suggestions positively encouraged.

* Mantra of the Bokononists whenever they think about how complicated and unpredictable the machinery of life really is.

* * The photo above included for no other reason than I liked the way the winter sun shone on this garden ornament.

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6 comments… Add yours
  • Trevor Rowley 12th January 2017

    As for “logistics,” Mr P, I can recall that I first became aware of the word at the time of the Falklands War in 1982, when it seemed to be used in every news bulletin in the build-up to the task force setting sail. At first, I hadn’t a clue what they were going on about but then the “penny dropped” that it was the planning/sourcing/delivery of all the kit (from warships to bootlaces) to enable the British response to get down there. I’d be quite surprised if you can find reference, in common usage, to the word, logistics, before 1982.

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  • Yorkshire Pudding 12th January 2017

    Inebriation Solutions – Joshua Tetley
    H2O Solutions – Yorkshire Water/North West Water
    Relaxation Solutions – Honeyz Manchester Massage Parlour (by appointment to Lord Rowley of Hyde)

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    • Trevor Rowley 13th January 2017

      Beer, passing water and lounging around with young ladies? It’s easy to see how you spend your free time, young Pudding.

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  • Steve 12th January 2017

    Pollution Solutions — Donald Trump (NOT!)

    I remember when I was a reporter someone told me they worked in logistics and I had no idea what they were talking about. It took some explaining before I finally realized they meant trucking.

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  • Mr Parrot 12th January 2017

    I don’t know why I haven’t looked it up before but Wikipedia describes logistics as:

    “The process of planning, implementing and controlling the efficient, effective flow and storage of goods, services and related information from their point of origin to point of consumption for the purpose of satisfying customer requirements.”

    Or delivery vans as we would probably say.

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  • rhymeswithplague 14th January 2017

    Allocation Solutions – Sentences ‘R’ Us
    Elocution Solutions – Recitations ‘R’ Us
    Restitution Solutions – Judgments ‘R’ Us
    Confucian Solutions – Buddhists ‘R’ Us
    Diminution Solutions – Shrinks ‘R’ Us
    Substitution Solutions – Replacements ‘R’ Us
    Retribution Solutions – Paybacks ‘R’ Us

    My head is now officially spinning.

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