Category: Oddities

I literally cannot count the number of times I have said that to a client. RSS Readers may need to click through to the post I’d just like to say this here and now – if Geoffrey Rush utters the phrase, “Think of me as your personal Insultant your majesty” I’m suing! Can’t wait to […]

Photo by James Marvin Phelps A physicist, engineer and a statistician are out hunting. They spot a deer, in the long grass, maybe 300 yards away. The physicist conducts some fundamental ballistic calculations in his head, assuming a vacuum, lifts his rifle to the angle he has worked out, and shoots. The bullet lands 5 […]

It was Father’s Day yesterday and I had a lovely fuss made of me by all the women in my life, apart from the dog, who still seems to be convinced that I am going to tear her throat out with my teeth any moment now. Breakfast consisted of Wine Gums and Jaffa Cakes, delivered […]

Luke Leslie has just graduated from Film School here in Ireland and his graduate film, King of the Waves, has been accepted for screening at the Galway Film Festival. It’s a short about a retired World War 2 submarine commander, Bill King’s, participation in The Golden Globe in 1969 – a solo circumnavigation sailing race. […]

I loved Laura Bergell’s response to the oh-so common request: “Great presentation! Can I have a copy of your slides?” Laura’s answer is: “My PowerPoint slides are my props. They’re not my presentation.” I get asked for my slides every now and then. Usually the asker says they want to use them to persuade people […]

I have written many times about the value of politeness in your career, but the kindness of a stranger this weekend past truly delighted me. On Friday evening, I got a text from a colleague that Mr Stephen Fry was in Dublin and would be visiting my neck of the woods. How had Mr Reid […]

The thank you bit: The one-off visitors to the Oasis have always come and gone, but the number of travellers who have decided to bide a while has been steadily increasing over the past year. Today, the nice people at Feedburner tell me we have just broken 600 RSS subscribers. Thank you all for stopping […]

What do you do if someone attacks your credibility? Q: Officer, did you actually see my client fleeing the scene? A: No sir. But I subsequently observed a person matching the description of the offender, running several blocks away.Q: And who provided this description?A: The officer who responded at the scene. Q: A fellow officer […]

In a homogenised world, of similar products, serving similar functions, at similar prices, how do we make our purchasing decisions? Whether those decisions be which kettle to buy or whether or not to accept somebody’s ideas during a presentation? Yes, the kettle needs to boil the water. Yes, the chair needs to support my weight. […]

I’m watching The Speaker on the BBC as I write this. The contenders have been asked to step up in Wembley Arena in front of the three judges and deliver an off-the-cuff speech of 1 minute in duration on the topic of “Why I should win this competition.” The contestants are required to address the […]