“You are a vehicle for the endless circle of giving and receiving.
I am a music “fan” and have been seriously for over 40 years. I had a Saturday job in the year when I sat my O-levels in John Menzies in Queen Street, Cardiff. If you’re not familiar with this long gone (from South of Hadrian’s Wall) retail chain they were similar to WH Smith although the parent company still exists.
I used to forgo my lunch hour so that I could provide cover on the record counter which was usually staffed by scary older girls (they must have been at least 18!). To be able to look at the LP sleeves and read the sleeve notes was a joy. Sometimes I got to play the albums over the PA, but my tastes didn’t tend to meet the approval of the “management”.
A month ago I entered a competition via the online music magazine Properganda and won 50 “Americana” CDs. What’s great is to listen to music for the first time mostly without any preconceptions because even if I had heard of the artists before I wasn’t familiar with their output. I realise that I don’t envy A&R men at labels & Radio DJs who get boxes and boxes of this stuff every week and have to take decisions about what to book or play. For a fan it’s fun!
Thank you for the music Properganda.
I think that the use of technology has improved the quality of health care throughout the world. However I am not an advocate of the widespread dissemination of patient “information”. The government’s NHS spine IT system is misguided and open to the sort of accidental abuse that is bound to happen with busy people using the system.
To say that everybody who has access will have their own “smart card” which only they will use is dangerously naive, what about those folks who leave it in their other shirt, mislay it, have it stolen etc? We have seen how easy it is for laptops, data sticks and discs to go walk-about.
More concern comes from the lack of confidentiality right across the system, nor from well meaning but overwhelmed health care staff but interfering and controlling civil servants who are able to obtain, use and sell information that was once considered private between an individual and his professional adviser.
My family opted out of the system a couple of years ago, the only way that you can do the same is to write to your General Medical Practitioner now.
Here’s the summary:
For me, it comes down to these 4 things:
- Transparency & Values: Twitter constantly reminds me of who I want to be, and what I want Zappos to stand for
- Reframing Reality: Twitter encourages me to search for ways to view reality in a funnier and/or more positive way
- Helping Others: Twitter makes me think about how to make a positive impact on other people’s lives
- Gratitude: Twitter helps me notice and appreciate the little things in life
Why people choose to visit online social sites:
- Who likes me?
- Is everything okay?
- How can I become more popular?
- What’s new?
- I’m bored, let’s make some noise
None of these are new, but in the digital world, they’re still magnetic.
If you want to understand why Twitter is so hot, look at those five attributes. They deliver all five, instantly.
I bought this on a whim after reading a review somewhere. It won’t be so much a weekend read as a bedside one to send me to sleep with inspiration, or to grab if the brain stirs me in the early hours.
Compiled by Tom Butler-Bowden under the headings:
- Attract It
- Create It
- Manage It
- Share It
An interesting list from an influential man, Napoleon Hill.
- Positive Mental Attitude
- Good Health
- Harmony in Relationships
- Freedom from Fear
- Hope of Achievement
- Capacity for Faith
- Willingness to Share your Blessings
- Having a Labour of Love or Purpose
- An Open Mind on all Subjects
- Capacity to Understand People
- Economic Security