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.