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Take the time to reflect

The nights have drawn in, the clocks have gone back, the late October storm has, well, stormed through really and we can all agree that autumn has definitely arrived. I always find this time of year quite strange. I really … Continue reading

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can we drop the TLAs please?

Don’t know what a TLA is? I rest my case. . . . Oh you’d like me to say more? Well this is a subject that I have been known to get on a soapbox about. A TLA is the … Continue reading

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do you need to be stationary to buy stationery?

No-one has ever been able to convince me that the English language is straightforward. Many have said it must be easy if three-year olds can speak it. And yes they can, to a point, as do we all. But the … Continue reading

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recalcitrant teenager or knowing a good thing when you see it?

I like seagulls, or rather gulls as they should be called. Don’t get me wrong, I know that they are loud, they dive bomb you for no apparent reason, they love to return a lovingly cleaned car to its previous … Continue reading

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how often do you answer the wrong question?

When getting feedback from clients on bid or proposal documents a frequent comment made is that the decision makers and evaluators didn’t really understand the solution or service as described or even, in some circumstances, that they didn’t feel that … Continue reading

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has perpetual motion arrived?

A few years ago a couple of friends and I spent some time reading about the perpetual motion engine that was apparently invented by the 17th Century Bohemian Johann Ernst Elias Bessler. We talked about what a magnificent contribution it … Continue reading

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to plan or not to plan that is the question

As I was watching the tail end of a programme about Agatha Christie over the weekend, I heard some words that really echoed with a truism that is so often quoted in the world of proposal and bid creation. David … Continue reading

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