Man Management

One of the more bizarre stories this week was that South Africa rugby coach, Rudolf Straeuli, management style was to get the team to crawl naked through the bush while he videoed it so they could all watch it together later. He claims his unusual training regime was part of a team-building exercise, although sounds more like an outlandish fetish to me. In any event, it didn’t work as the Springboks were beaten 29-9 by New Zealand in the quarter finals of the RWC and Rudolf has been forced to resign. Read more ›››


I’ve been away for a few days at the Scottish Association of Healthcare Communicators 2004 conference in Clydebank, near Glasgow. This year’s theme was ‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place – Patient Confidentiality vs. Public Interest.’ This is a subject dear to my heart and while the event didn’t provide any great insighful solutions, it was useful. The speakers were very good, particularly Dr Harry Burns and ‘motivational guru’ Watt Nichol as after dinner speaker. Read more ›››

One of the reasons I set up my own links pages is that I’m useless at using the favourites button in IE. Either I forget to bookmark interesting or useful sites because I’ve become absorbed by the content or when I do remember, I don’t open my favourites to remind myself they’re there.

Quintessence of the Loon is a good example. This site is really good source for finding the more (how do I put this?) … bizarre web content, such as Anglegrinder Man and some bloke who believes mankind is actually evolving backwards. There the link has sat, untouched and unloved, in my favourites box months after I saved it. Read more ›››

Losing It

The funniest part of England’s victory on Saturday was the presentations to the Australians. It wasn’t that I enjoyed seeing some Aussie disappointment (okay, maybe a little bit), it was the manner in which it was done. Dr Syd Millar, chairman of the IRB, haphazardly hung the medals round the necks of the first few players, and by the end of the line he was more or less chucking the medals at them. You could almost hear him saying, “Put the bloody things on yourselves! Read more ›››

The First Cut

The Mail on Sunday gave a free cd this week, as they do most weeks. “The Last Dance”, though why this should be depicted by a smartly dressed woman entwined with a bloke in dress suit is anyone’s gues Read more ›››

Compare and Contrast

Phew! A world cup triumph, but didn’t they put us through the wringer. It made me think about the only other one I’ve experienced, 1966 and all that.

So, let’s compare and contrast. In 1966 I had been lately started at Hyde Grammar School and the summer of ’66 was to be my first absence from home. But first I had the chance to watch a WC match at Old Trafford, Hungary versus Bulgaria, I think, the former winning 3-1 on 20 July. Read more ›››

Wizards of Oz

Well Oz, what happened to the expansive running game? Not much sign of it this morning/evening as you were crushed by the might of the English pack, the running of Jason Robinson and, of course, the boot of Jonny Wilkinson to take the Rugby World Cup.

But just to prove that us Poms can still whinge in victory, I thought the ref (Andre Watson) gave some awful decisions. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear he had a bet on the Aussies. Read more ›››

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