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Mostly the usual suspects

BizMedia, publisher of E-Learning Age magazine and organiser of the annual E-Learning Awards, has now published the shortlist for this year’s awards, which are due to be presented in London on 10th November.   Although there are more award categories than ever – 16 – and the awards attracted more than 250 entries, the lengthy [...]

By | September 5th, 2011|Categories: Learning Technologies|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

Kraków Conference throws light on Leonardo learning

Members of an EU-funded Leonardo Transfer of Innovation project – called the Enable Project – meet in Hotel Holiday Inn, ul. Wielopole 4, Krakow, in Poland, on 6th September, to disseminate the project’s latest results. The project deals with ‘enabling labour market entry and mobility to disadvantaged groups engaging across Europe in learning through innovation’ (see:   Efficio Poland is [...]

By | August 26th, 2011|Categories: Learning Technologies|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments


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

British small businesses opt for DIY

A recent survey of 760 business owners – conducted by DIY website builder - has found that UK start-up businesses are now carrying out tasks themselves rather than outsourcing these to a professional. When asked for the main reason they chose the DIY option, over 50% of respondents answered that the key factor was [...]

By | August 18th, 2011|Categories: Business, Public Relations, Marketing and Sales|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

The trouble with training

A recently-published report by the National Audit Office (NAO) estimates that the Civil Service wastes hundreds of millions of pounds every year - some £275m  in the last year alone - putting staff through training courses that ‘do not work’. Less than half of the staff questioned by the NAO felt the training they received [...]

By | August 11th, 2011|Categories: Business, Learning Technologies|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Swiss Political party bans PowerPoint

In his blog (, Martin Couzins, the Acting Editor of TrainingZone, has reported, that Matthias Pöhm, a Swiss who trains people in public speaking, is so enraged by PowerPoint presentations that he has created a political party - The Anti-PowerPoint Party ( - with the sole aim of banning presentation software. The Anti-PowerPoint Party aims [...]

By | August 10th, 2011|Categories: Business|Tags: , |0 Comments

Eight biographical words to avoid

Writing a blog on BNET, the CBS Interactive business network, (, 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