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Shostakovich’s favourite tenor

Who was Shostakovich’s favourite tenor in the role of Zinovy, in his opera, Katerina Ismailova? Which world famous tenor urinated – unintentionally – on his dresser? And who did the world famous soprano, Marilyn Horne, ask to play with her breasts one day on the Covent Garden stage?   The answers – along [...]

By | March 23rd, 2012|Categories: Miscellaneous, Sport and Leisure|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

There’s always someone worse off than you

The next time you damage your car and are tempted to complain about the cost of its repair, spare a thought for members of a luxury sports car club in Japan.   Sky News reported recently that one of the club’s outings ended in one of the most expensive pile-ups in history. Eight Ferraris, three [...]

By | December 14th, 2011|Categories: Lifestyle, Miscellaneous|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Ostensibly macabre request

Over the years – particularly since 1967 until fairly recently – Northern Ireland has had a few ‘issues’. It may still have these issues but their manifestation is, thankfully, not as overt as it used to be.   That’s just as well. This morning, I received a request from Edward Devlin, a journalist from ‘Insider [...]

By | November 21st, 2011|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

Celebrating ‘Succeeders’

One of the biggest winners at the recent Training Journal (TJ) Awards – held at ‘8 Northumberland’ in London’s Northumberland Avenue – was Neil Mullarkey, who appeared as his alter ego, L Vaughan Spencer.   ‘L-Vo’, as he likes to be known in homage to J-Lo, is a self-confessed, egocentric, motivational guru and life coach [...]

By | November 18th, 2011|Categories: Business, Miscellaneous|Tags: , , |0 Comments

A sense of perspective

To continue the financial comparison between football and e-learning in this country (see ‘E-learning versus football’ below), Sky has revealed that English Premier League clubs spent £485m during the recent summer transfer window. Spending by the 20 English top-flight clubs was up £120m, or 33%, on last summer's outlay. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and [...]

By | September 5th, 2011|Categories: Learning Technologies, Miscellaneous, Sport and Leisure|Tags: , |0 Comments

Neologisms and nonsense

One of the great things about language is that it’s always changing – reflecting changes in society, technology and attitudes, among other things. So, it was interesting that The Times has reported that the latest edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary has revealed this year’s additions to the lexicon.   New words that are [...]

By | September 1st, 2011|Categories: Business, Miscellaneous|Tags: , , |0 Comments

E-learning versus football

To coincide with the start of the (association) football season in Europe, Forbes - a leading source for business news and financial information – has revealed that the sport’s ten highest paid players are, currently: David Beckham ($40m a year), Christiano Ronaldo ($38m), Lional Messai ($32m), Ricardo Kaka ($25m), Ronaldinho ($24m), Theirry Henry ($24m), Wayne [...]

By | September 1st, 2011|Categories: Learning Technologies, Miscellaneous, Sport and Leisure|Tags: , |0 Comments

Wedlock

Pendley Manor Spa and Conference Centre, in Tring, Hertfordshire – an excellent and highly recommended venue that I’ve visited many times, both as a delegate and as a trainer – has just published the following special offer for weddings there: ‘For every ten guests booked on our Opal Package, one guest goes free!’   Comment: [...]

By | August 22nd, 2011|Categories: Lifestyle, Miscellaneous|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Waste King rescues Giant African Land Snail

  Here’s a bizarre but heart-warming story for the summer holiday ‘silly season’.   Glenn Currie, managing director of the specialist collections, clearance and recycling company, Waste King, explained: “One of our customers was moving to the USA and so had to get rid of her pet Giant African Land Snail. We were [...]

By | August 19th, 2011|Categories: Environment, Lifestyle, Miscellaneous|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

Eight biographical words to avoid

Writing a blog on BNET, the CBS Interactive business network, (http://www.bnet.com/blog/small-biz-advice/8-words-that-should-never-appear-in-your-twitter-bio/1752#ixzz1Qm50ze6D), Jeff Hayden revealed that, after some extensive research into Twitter users’ biographies, he dislikes the following – over-used – words: ‘Passionate’ You can have one passion. Four ‘passions’ are interests. And can anyone truly be passionate about ‘delivering lasting customer value’, ‘teaching small businesses [...]

By | August 10th, 2011|Categories: Business, Miscellaneous, Public Relations, Marketing and Sales|Tags: , , |0 Comments