Young Fins strike gold (From Basingstoke Gazette)

A little after the event, but here is coverage of the Basingstoke Bluefins’ win at the Hampshire and South Coast Junior Cup on 24th October. Young Fins strike gold (From Basingstoke Gazette) As one of the youngest in the team (a last minute request to stand-in), James was asked to collect the winners’ shield and […]

Is it my turn, now?

The answer is probably, “No”. Sometimes, if you have to ask, then you already know the answer.  Taking the step to abandon the safe predictability of corporate life is enormous and life-changing.  Often, by the time you have built the experience you feel enables a “yes”, you have acquired the responsibilities which demand a “no”. […]

Seth's Blog: Hammer time

This resonated. I have reached an age where I possess a fine collection of tools, many of which I don’t know how to use.  I even own two hammers.  One is what I’m sure my family and forebears would call a “real” hammer:  a claw hammer with a fine wooden handle, where the interface between […]

Seth’s Blog: Hammer time

This resonated. I have reached an age where I possess a fine collection of tools, many of which I don’t know how to use.  I even own two hammers.  One is what I’m sure my family and forebears would call a “real” hammer:  a claw hammer with a fine wooden handle, where the interface between […]

Peter Wolf on the Guitar Manufacturing Industry

It’s a hard life.  I came across this article on a music blog and although I’ve not come across Peter Wolf before, I was impressed – not so much by the interview but by the previous columns Wolf had written.  Photo credit: Michael G. Stewart. After a 19 year relationship with PRS (Paul Reed Smith […]

The Cottage, the Castle and the Cathedral

A nice post from Mike Pegg’s Strengths Academy blog which is very relevant not only for freelancers everywhere but for everyone. I particularly like the Christopher Vogler / Joseph Campbell resonance of the imagery. Where are you now?  Where do you aspire to be?  The Cottage, the Castle or the Cathedral? Personally, right now I […]

Independent Advice and Politics

This subject was brought somewhat close to home last weekend, when I discovered that my neighbour, Les, was actually Dr Les King, the foremost expert on drugs misuse and a former head of the Drugs Intelligence Unit in the Forensic Science Service.  On Sunday, the street was parked up with impatient satellite vans and news […]

Burning Pine

The name change is official and henceforth my company will be known as Burning Pine Ltd (rather than Andrew Munro Associates Ltd). Why Burning Pine? The image formed before the words. A wind-carved Japanese Black Pine, tenacious, timeless but vital, touched by a jagged finger of lightning. There is something wonderfully timeless about trees, amongst […]

The Gibson HendrixCaster

A couple of years ago, I read Room Full of Mirrors, Charles Cross’s excellent biography of Jimi Hendrix.  On one of my last trips to Seattle before leaving Microsoft, I took a trip to Hendrix’s grave.  It struck me as somewhat distasteful that the family which had so rejected the man during his life could […]

Marketing Capability 2010 – 2020

A couple of weeks ago, I was the guest of Gordon Donkin and Andrew Knight at an introductory discussion session for a research paper which the Chartered Institute of Marketing is developing in association with accenture.  Titled, as above, “Marketing Capability 2010 – 2020”, the paper looks at the position of the marketing profession today, […]

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