Category: #OddsAndEnds

  • Be more Bob…

    Be more Bob…

    It’s only in my later years that I’ve gone deep with Bob Dylan – in particular the early stuff, Blood on the Tracks, Desire, The Times They are A-Changin’… It seems to me that the stuff Dylan was calling out then is still so relevant now. I recently tripped over this interview that he gave…

  • The Unsharpener

    The Unsharpener

    I asked my son to draw me what he wanted for Christmas. Here are the suggestions I got back.

  • Digital Transformation

    Digital Transformation

    For the last few months, our co-operative We Are Open has been helping a number of organisations with digital transformation in a time of crisis. You can read more about the work we’ve done with Action West London as they respond to their charity’s new circumstances.

  • Skills for the New Normal

    Skills for the New Normal

    I know, I know – a million Zoom meetings draining the marrow out of life, right? Anyway, here’s a free & open email course crafted by the We Are Open Co-op to teach you things you already know (or do you?) about successful online video meetings: 7 Habits of Highly Successful Virtual Meetings

  • Marmalabels


    My eldest son is at it again. This time it’s funky labels for his mother’s freshly made Orange Marmalade. We keep this stuff in our cellar, so when we send one of the minions down for another jar (height restrictions mean it’s a yogic experience for the taller man…) there’s a collective marvelling at the…

  • Pax Calendar

    Pax Calendar

    “Suddenly liberated by this new knowledge of old patterns, an unmissable opportunity presented itself to change the world forever. For surely, only a 9-year-old in Lockdown has the keen sense of awareness to set in store a brave new order of time itself. Having an appreciation of patterns and order, my young apprentice immediately adopted…

  • Rabbit Hole Learning

    Rabbit Hole Learning

    “As it turns out, the answer is not that simple. You see, Sir Professor Isaac of Newton was so clever, he was born in BOTH 1642 and 1643…” Taken from the current issue of the Visual Thinker. You can subscribe here.

  • A Fool Moon Photo

    A Fool Moon Photo

    Like a fool, I was up late the other night taking a photo of the moon with an old DSLR camera with a big lens. I was poised with a tripod on the very edge of a spikey bush as the moon finally shifted itself between the trees, and the clouds kept a bay long…

  • Is it too early?

    Is it too early?

    Is it too early to complain, about the recent lack of rain? My spuds need liquid love.

  • Bob…


    It is quite possible that the next ten illustrations posted on this visual blog could hold the title the new normal. Yet not even I (!) can tell you what the new normal looks like. Video meeting participants talking enthusiastically whilst on mute is definitely nothing new, there’s just a whole bunch more people at…

  • The Grieving process

    The Grieving process

    I’ve had a few low-energy days over the last few weeks, that’s for sure. It feels like I’m making progress though, and actually finding bread flour for sale in a shop will absolutely make everything ok again, won’t it? <denial>

  • The new normal

    The new normal

    Nothing has changed, yet everything has changed. Work is quiet. I’m spending time with my family. We had a BBQ last night. I have a list of things to do. Some of them are even getting done. Nothing has changed, yet everything has changed.

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