‘Rats of the Sky’ – Bringing a jewel toned color to the lowly pigeon

Too good not to share. ‘Rats of the Sky’ – Bringing a jewel toned color to the lowly pigeon – http://pulse.me/s/cNoVp

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Is Social Media Ruining Students?

http://www.onlineeducation.net/social-media-and-students

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Mesmerizing Stop-Motion Animation of a Building Uses Its Windows as Pixels

Mesmerizing Stop-Motion Animation of a Building Uses Its Windows as Pixels – http://pulse.me/s/dztPs
What an astonishing piece of work!

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Dominic Wilcox: No Place Like Home GPS shoes

Dominic Wilcox: No Place Like Home GPS shoes – http://www.dominicwilcox.com/gpsshoes.htm

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Missing the ‘obvious’

Last week I was talking to a colleague about swimming and she told me she couldn’t swim well because she couldn’t get her breath properly. She said she was going to get some lessons.

Over the weekend, she went swimming with her young children who swim like waterbabies and asked one of them how you should breathe when you’re swimming. “You breathe out under water” was the answer. “But how?” she asked? “You blow bubbles through your nose.” said her son. Sudden blinding enlightenment! All her life she’d taken a breath, swum a stroke, lifted her head, breathed out and in again quickly and then taken the next stroke.

Now to you it may seem obvious that you breathe in when your face is out of the water and out when your face is in the water, but it wasn’t to her – until now. For me, the lesson is that we all have blind spots and it pays to be open to new learning from all sources.

And for anyone for whom it wasn’t obvious – now you know!

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End of an era

Yesterday an old friend of many years standing died, aged 86. I thought she was indestructible and would probably outlast me. Her mother and grandmother both careered into their late ninetes in good health and granny lived to 102.

Her home has been a second home to me for over thirty years. I know where every teaspoon, tool and towel lives. I know which cloth is for wiping the draining board and which is for washing up. I know which pan to use for what – never the egg pan for vegetables or the onion frying pan for frying eggs. I know that she made the eggcups we used at breakfast and that the little pot with the Bonsai tree in it out by the barn is one of the first pots she ever made.

We always changed for dinner. We never left washing up for the morning. We put the vegetable peelings on the compost heap and the bones in the river. The gardener detested strawberries, so every year we put up and took down the strawberry cage ourselves.

She was picky and cranky, a woman with a fascinating past, a potter, a naturalist, a museum curator and a flute player. I inherited my museum mentality from her, which is why I have long silk gloves I shall never wear stored, wrapped in acid-free tissue paper, because no-one wants to wear them but I couldn’t throw them away.

On the plus side, she died suddenly, without losing the dignity which would have been compromised by her encroaching dementia.

But I’ll only stay in that house again in my memories, and I shall miss her dreadfully.

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Deconstructing Executive Presence

How you present yourself, consciously or unconsciously, can make all the difference to how seriously your point of view is considered at work. More to the point, the impact of the image you project can determine how your career progresses.

Deconstructing Executive Presence – http://pulse.me/s/cvsrI

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