The Monday Morning Quote #689

He who observes the wind will not sow, And he who regards the clouds will not reap.

Eccliastes 11:4

Possibly the true inspiration for Nike’s “Just Do It” strapline – although that was coined in 1988 at an advertising agency meeting and attributed to Gary Gilmore‘s last words, “Let’s Do It”.

I prefer the biblical version.

Fiona Hill on Putin and Nukes

“Putin is increasingly operating emotionally and likely to use all the weapons at his disposal, including nuclear ones.”

From Yesterday’s “Politico”. Dr Hill is a UK born Russian expert who has previously drawn parallels between Presidents Trump and Putin, displaying their penchant for personal power, public performance and used public nostalgia to gain support. In her interview with Maura Reynolds she shares the history of the present situation, her insight into Putin’s thoughts and actions and what “ordinary” people in the west can do to fight back.


Spare a prayer to St Olga

On this day I would usually wish you Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus or Happy Saint David’s Day; but spare a prayer for St Olga of Kiev. (Kyiv) She is the patron saint of widows and converts, sadly there will be many of the former in her land. Like everyone I am watching with horror the events unfolding in Ukraine, I have been thinking of one of my student contemporaries whose family moved and settled in Ashton-under-Lyne, no doubt he will have relatives enduring the incursion into their country.

The Monday Morning Quote #688

There are a few times in life when you leap up and the past that you’d been standing on falls away behind you, and the future you mean to land on is not yet in place, and for a moment you’re suspended knowing nothing and no one, not even yourself.

Ann Patchett Via

The Monday Morning Quote #687

“Every man has his own destiny; the only imperative is to follow it, to accept, no matter where it leads him.

Henry Miller

I first read this quote in “Blackie, The Steve Black Story” an account of the life and times of the remarkable man who helped hundreds, of sports people to success. He worked with Wales and the British Lions under coach Graham Henry but that was a tiny part of a varied (an understatement) life. His death was announced over the weekend and there is are many tributes online to him, including this from The Guardian. RIP – a big man in many ways.

The Monday Morning Quote #686

Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”

Nelson Mandela

The Monday Morning Quote #685

“Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, therein lies your vocation.”

Attributed in some shape or form to Aristotle, Marcus Bach, Schweitzer or to plain old “Anonymous” thanks to John Niland for introducing me to today’s quote.

My increasing frustration with WordPress / Safari continues, this post was scheduled for last Monday and it was never sent, a busy* week meant that I hadn’t checked until writing something for this morning, for which you will have to wait…

Principles and Public Life…

The Seven Principles of Public Life

The Seven Principles of Public Life (also known as the Nolan Principles) apply to anyone who works as a public office-holder. This includes all those who are elected or appointed to public office, nationally and locally, and all people appointed to work in the Civil Service, local government, the police, courts and probation services, non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs), and in the health, education, social and care services. All public office-holders are both servants of the public and stewards of public resources. The principles also apply to all those in other sectors delivering public services.

1.1 Selflessness

Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest.

1.2 Integrity

Holders of public office must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work. They should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends. They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships.

1.3 Objectivity

Holders of public office must act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias.

1.4 Accountability

Holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this.

1.5 Openness

Holders of public office should act and take decisions in an open and transparent manner. Information should not be withheld from the public unless there are clear and lawful reasons for so doing.

1.6 Honesty

Holders of public office should be truthful.

1.7 Leadership

Holders of public office should exhibit these principles in their own behaviour and treat others with respect. They should actively promote and robustly support the principles and challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs.–2

The Monday Morning Quote #684

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.

Amelia Earhart

I would have liked to link to the Joni Mitchell track “Amelia” taken from her album Hejira but for whatever reason WordPress are making blogging harder and harder…or YouTube doesn’t approve of my sharing…try this link anyway.

The Monday Morning Quote #683

“It takes good clients to make a good advertising agency. Regardless of how much talent an ad agency may have, it is ineffective without good products and services to advertise.”

Morris Hite

Quote via RH Williams – it reminds me of an old saying about not being able to polish something….

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