I’ve been thinking about the use of various words of late.
One of the reasons for doing so is because I spent a couple of days during this month at a language school to the South of Madrid:
I was talking to some of the students about Cockney Rhyming slang,
and aspects of the everyday use of the various languages which one hears within London.
Now I discover that the British Local Government Association
has produced a list of:
200 words and phrases that all public sector bodies should avoid when talking to people about the work they do and the services they provide.
Here is an example of just what is to be found within this list:
– Baseline – starting point
– Customer – people/person
– Outsourced – privatised
– Rationalisation – cut
– Revenue Streams – money.
– Slippage – delay.
– Thinking outside of the box – Why use at all?
It’s refreshing to read that at long last there is an attempt to curtail the use of so many of these detested corporate terms.
One of my favourite books is entitled:
‘Success with Stocks and Stares.’
The subtitle to this work being:
‘A practical guide to profitable investment.’
Written by John B Gledhill and Frank Preston, it was
published in 1938.
The book is illustrated by W Heath Robinson.
Two of his drawings clearly illustrates just how a bull and
Although many of the technical details within this book are
much of the advice in this work still holds true.
Here are a few examples: –
– Beware of boom flotations.
– Don’t borrow money to gamble on the stock exchange.
– Beware of market under-currents.
– Beware of bucket shop literature.
– Axioms do not always work.
– Remember a mine is a diminishing asset.
This is also something of a good piece of ecological advice.
If only some of the people who now run the financial industry
had read this work,
then we might not be in the kind of global fiscal mess that
faces us all right now.
December 10th is Human Rights Day.
Here is a list of Human Rights which still need some working
or which we should all focus more upon.
The right to fresh air,
by not having to breath in the muck which is produced by the
internal combustion engine.
The right to practice our good atheist values:
Without being persecuted by religionists for doing so.
The right to built a peaceful world, and not to be jailed as a
The right to good basis housing,
which is not subject to the economic pressures which come
from an attitude that it is just another consumer product.
By extension to that of Human Rights:
We should think upon the rights of our fellow creatures.
2 days ago I glanced at a newspaper headline about the
banks being bailed because they are in a state of crisis.
This is a crisis which has only developed because of a
willingness and ability of people to live on debt.
As I glanced up I noticed a rough sleeper in front of me,
and pondered upon just how much of this banking crisis is
of the result of over selling mortgages.
Governments, Newspaper editors, & Bankers continue to
worry about people who may loose their homes by not
being able to continue to pay their mortgages.
Yet how many of these ‘powers that be’ have devoted any
time to ponder upon the continuing plight of rough
Here is a short list of those everyday sayings & signs
which should always make you think that there is trouble
– ‘There is a good service’ on the ( whatever it is )
underground or train line.
– Cloths which are just marked s m or L, & with no other
indication of what kind of real world size they may in fact
– ‘This product is child friendly.’
– Any kind of promise made by a politician that ‘things can
only get better’.
As one gets older the more one thinks about death & dying.
This is not because one becomes more maudlin, but results
from knowing or having known more people who are now
Over the last few years I have had to focus more of my
thinking upon the issue of how we might remember our
dead, how to write obituaries, & what is in my will.
All of which I view in terms of how we celebrate live,
while I have rewritten my will in terms of helping those
whom may live on after I’m gone.
Continue reading On Death & Dying. On war & Peace.
Here are a few ideas & remarks which might help anyone
understand just how to deal with any manager at work.
It’s not what you know,
or who you know,
but whom you go drinking with.
What’s the difference between ignorance & Apathy?
I don’t know, & I don’t care.
Those who are incapable of teaching become managers.
Upon finding a problem work out its solution.
Only then should you tell a manager just what the
solution might be, and follow it up with an outline of just
where the problem is to be found.