The Weekend Read – Freakonomics by Levitt & Dubner

I know little about economics but from what I can gather economists know not a lot more. A refreshing and intriguing read.

Buy it here.

Company Logos After The Crisis

One of my favourite newsletters is written by John Niland of Success 121

In the last edition he produced these logos which he attributed to Gerard MacNamara of Schumann Associates.



The Monday Morning Quote #29

“The last of human freedoms – the ability to chose one’s attitude in a given set of circumstances.”

Viktor E. Frankl

Uplifting stuff from Tut

Mike Dooley writes a daily message that rarely fails to raise my spirits. Here’s a recent one. Subscribe at

When in doubt, Alun, show up early. Think less. Feel more. Ask once. Give thanks often. Expect the best. Appreciate everything. Never give up. Make it fun. Lead. Invent. Regroup. Wink. Chill. Smile. And live as if your success was inevitable, and so it shall be.

Happy global domination,    The Universe



Is this any way to run 1) a Business 2) a Health Service?

From HSJ website an article by Sally Gainsbury

Trust blames IT for £10m loss.

Royal Free Hampstead Hospital trust has lost as much as £10m due to problems installing a new digital care records service, its chief executive has claimed.

The trust was the first to attempt to go live with the Cerner LC1 system for managing patient admission, transfer and discharge details in June last year. But a series of problems meant appointments could not be booked automatically and bills for work done were not sent to commissioners.

Chief executive Andrew Way said the trust had spent £4m on trying to fix the problems and had lost another £6m through taking fewer patient referrals and not being able to bill for work.

The trust’s latest board documents show it blames its IT problems for the “majority” of its monthly £1.8m underperformance against its plan. But they also reveal that the trust hopes to recover some of this, in part through catching up on invoicing.

More stable

In a statement today, Mr Way said the system was now “far more stable”. He added:

“Over the coming weeks and months we will be adapting its use to the way in which our staff want the system to work to enhance the services we provide to our patients.

“It should be emphasised that we now have the basics of one of the world’s most highly regarded IT systems established at the Royal Free.”

The basics….well that’s alright then.


Time Away

I’m with the family in West Cork for a week, dividing my time between:

So there’s no Weekend Read as I’m catching up on the reading.

For the Monday quote have a whole poem here.

Jeremy Clarkson’s Favourite Video

From John Naughton’s blog.

Take three minutes and smile here.

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