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I run my own digital content and strategy company. I sit on the Board at Crowdbnk and I am a Strategic Advisor to StartUpCapitalVenture 2 in San Francisco. I am also on the CITI Advisory Board @ Columbia University, NY.

I chair Trinity Hospice, Clapham, NHS Innovations SE, Major Stanley's Trust at Oxford and the Great Retail Revival Foundation.

 

 

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Bahrain is the smallest kingdom in the Middle East and unusually is an island just off the north Saudi coast in the Gulf with a population of about 1.2 million. Of these, depending on who you last talked to, about 300,000 are citizens with the remainder being immigrants without too many rights. The difference here when compared to other Gulf states is that the ruling family of Al Khalifa is Sunni whereas the majority of the population is Shia. Rumours suggest that there is a fast-track for
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Take 1: Take a Walk on the West Side. How well do you know London? Have you ever considered walking round Westminster and Victoria (SW1)? Why not take a few hours out to re-consider this improving neighbourhood?   At Adriano’s - 10 Regency Street - men can still have a haircut for a tenner and enjoy that rare luxury of a shave as well. If that doesn’t grab you, your other half can have her hair cut at any number of classy salons in Strutton Ground. Then, together you can queue at the...
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It is said of men that they change their women and move jobs but never alter their allegiance to their football team.   I was born in Woolwich Military Hospital in December, 1949. My grandfather took me to my first game at The Valley in April, 1958 when The Robins (we play in red) or the Addicts as they are more familiarly known today, needing only a draw to go back up to the First Division (Premier League as is) against Blackburn (Douglas, Clayton et al) but we lost 4-3 and so it was...
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Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) and the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) inaugural conference in Bahrain www.tra.org.bh/online-safety    This morning, the TRA-FOSI conference began its two day conference on child safety online, a first for the Arab world. The original conference had to be postponed in January and with the Icelandic volcano threatening air space last week it was touch and go whether the 20 or so speakers from the USA and UK would make it. Happily...
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Ten days ago, Nick Clegg, leader of a small party known as the Liberal Democrats, appeared in the first ever televised debate with Gordon Brown and David Cameron, leaders respectively of the Labour and Tory parties. He blew them away.   In ten days time, the nation goes to the polls. For the first time since 1945, the pollsters haven’t a clue who will win. This is because the electoral system is broken. An MP can be elected with less than 34% of the votes cast in a constituency and...
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On Friday, I went to the funeral of Rifleman Daniel “Danny” Holkham (1990-2010) at All Saints’ Parish Church, Eastchurch on the Isle of Sheppey. Danny had died a few days before he was due home on leave. Unusually, he was one of three brothers serving his country in Afghanistan. As you can imagine, his death has had a profound impact in our community. I attended out of respect to the family and their close friends who had asked me to be there. It was my last “duty” as such as a soon to be...
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Sport has been a very large factor in my life; as a Youth and a Junior I was ranked occasionally as No.1 in the UK for Long Jump...and I gained a 2nd and a 3rd at the All England Schools...hey ho. But, it was rugby that claimed me and after a trial for England Schools in 1968, I eventually played for Oxford University, the Barbarians, the Penguins & England. After retirement I covered the game for The Times, the FT, the Observer and Rugby World. I have written five books on the game,...
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Live Event The largest crowd of the day will be at Twickenham for Wasps v Bath on Saturday (5pm kick-off) for what will be a decider for both clubs as the winner is likely to qualify for Europe. Ticket sales have topped 55,000 and if the weather stays good expect this to climb to 65,000 – 10,000 or so short of the record 76,716 for the Quins v Wasps (20-21) game just after Christmas.   If you’ve never been to a rugby match have no fears, bring the family, dine out in the South Stand and
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Given my interest in all things digital which stretches back to 1992, it would seem perverse of me not to do a weekly blog on the subject.   At the moment, I’m nearly no longer an MP (6th May 2010) and so I have a kind of luxury – some spare time to think, no salary and a diary which seems to fill up at an alarming rate……   Anyway, here’s what I’ve been up to this past week or so:   1.    ...
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Has Politics become the new Pools? It looks as if it is a question of which perm will win in the General Election (due on 6th May 2010) in what was supposd to be a two horse race. Perm 1 David Cameron - looking quite queasy these days - wins outright Perm 2 David Cameron has the most seats but not an overall majority Perm 3 Gordon Brown is in Perm 2 spot Perm 4 Nick Clegg's Lib Dems win 100-120 seats Perm 5 was Perm 3 Gordon Brown seeks an...
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