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After the Storm

After the Storm

“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” Haruki Murakami For some, this is a time of unusual peace. For others, they are weathering a storm. You may be wondering how all of this will affect how we see the world, …

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Back to School

Back to School

“It is quite a three pipe problem, and I beg that you won’t speak to me for fifty minutes.” Sherlock Holmes, The Red Headed League. This week I was invited by the charming Jim Hawker of Threepipe to go back to school, and to spend the morning with the Master (Helen Pike), former pupils and parents …

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Something in the Water

Something in the Water

I think we’re onto something, with TOTS. TOTS. Turn on the Subtitles. Our mission to inspire and encourage broadcasters and tech companies in Britain and around the world to “turn on the subtitles”, by default, for children’s programmes. Why? Because by turning on the subtitles, you can DOUBLE the literacy of the child. “A Nielsen study of …

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Inspirations

Inspirations

In the year 2000, the great British entrepreneur Simon Woodroffe wrote The Book of Yo! One of the many people who read it was a student at Leeds University. Yes, you’ve guessed it – me. In that little book were packed dozens of inspiring quotations which seasoned the story of how Simon, inspired by Japanese …

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To Autumn

To Autumn

One of the reasons I love meeting up with people is that we often discuss our plans and current activities. Without these face-to-face encounters, I find I’m one step behind, reading about what has been, rather then what will be. I’m conscious that even here, on LinkedIn, I do a fairly poor job of sharing …

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