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I run my own consultancy specialising in digital content and strategy and sit on the Board at Crowdbnk.

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

I am also on the CITI Advisory Board @ Columbia University, NY.  

 

Aldeburgh for the weekend, a walk on the beach and a pint of Adnam's at The Wentworth; listening to Georgie Fame

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30
NOV
Huddersfield's extraordinary run of 43 games without defeat (well without defeat in the league) came to an end on Monday night when a well marshalled Charlton side nicked the game 2-0. Charlton have now not lost for seven games but stay top 7 points clear. Chris Powell, our manager, has turned round the Club in less than a year.
30
NOV
I went last night to the John Maynard Keynes room at Birkbeck College, Gordon Square for a talk by Amir Amirani, an award winning documentary maker. He is trying to find the funding for a film about all those anti-war (Iraq invasion) marches across the world in time for the tenth anniversary of the illegal occupation.
28
NOV
From The Guardian this morning: Even though the new chief executive, and the RFU has been focusing on the business world, would not be able to start until well into the new year, the hope has been that he would have an input into key appointments and decisions that have to be made, not least who will succeed Martin Johnson as the England team manager on a permanent basis and a review of all the departments at Twickenham. "You have to ask whether there is a sport in this country that is...
27
NOV
Michael Lewis should be floated on Wall Street. Almost everything he has written has either been ahead of the curve - The New New Thing & The Blind Side - or summed up an era like Liar's Poker. In 2003, he wrote Moneyball about the Oakland A's 2002 season in which they scored a record 20 straight wins but still failed to qualify for the World Series. Hollywood does baseball films better than it does rugby or soccer viz The Natural, Field of Dreams & The Babe....
27
NOV
Paul Rees in The Observer has the story that the RFU is about to award a bonus to sacked acting CEO, Martyn Thomas for £230k for barely four months work: you couldn't make it up.
27
NOV
I have been watching Richmond (x6), Oxford University (x3), Bedford (x1) and Bath (x1) this season. I coached Richmond 25 years ago when they were in what is now called The Championship (old Division 2) and played for the other three sides. Actually, I played for Richmond but only for the Heavies. Each time, I have watched Richmond there have been four - seven team changes and as a result they have lost their rhythm losing to Worthing away and now being walloped by...
27
NOV
I was on the UofCA entrpreneurs panel at Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre on Friday afternoon. I spoke about the need to create a national micropayment bank.
24
NOV
I was approached yesterday morning by Anne Spackman to pen 500 words on the Twickenham farce/pantomime. I sen this in and most of it has survived in this morning's newspaper on p36: English Rugby: A manifesto for change by Derek Wyatt     I doubt if any rugby supporter in the land was that surprised when reading the leaked documents about the off and on the field revelations of our England players who so badly misrepresented our country in the rugby world cup a month...
24
NOV
Media coverage on Twickenham pantomime 15.10.11 FT article calling for Martyn Thomas, Martin Johnson and Rob Andrew to stand down 02.11.11 BBC Radio 4's Today programme (0830) interview on RFU Later in the day, Martyn Thomas sacked as acting CEO, RFU 16.11.11 C4 News interview on RFU Earlier in the day, Martin Johnson had stepped down as manager 24.11.11 The Times article about RFU So just Rob Andrew left...............
23
NOV
I went to see Deepak Verma's new film: Mumbai Charlie at Somerset House yesterday.   ‘In the middle of India’s arid landscape of Gujarat, Vijay, a businessman from Mumbai comes across a cult-like society which is obsessed with and prays to Charlie Chaplin. His experience of them changes his life forever, as he learns to cultivate a more emotionally and aware sense of being.’ It was a very funny short film: to think that Chaplin met Gandhi and knew him but Gandhi had never heard...
23
NOV
Real Venice is a fund raising project of the charity: Venice in Peril. 14 photographers were commissioned to take photos of Venice and the hope is these will be sold to help the cause. I didn't enjoy the exhibition. Giving photographers a free for all to shoot whatever they wanted left me thinking that I didn't really care less for them or for the cause. It is true Venice is sinking. Venice receives millions of tourists a year who pay excessive rates at hotels, in bars and for...
23
NOV
Somerset House has undergone a quiet revolution with its ice rink, British Fashion Week and the opening of bars and restaurants plus a host of exhibitions which do not gain the coverage they deserve. One such is Forgotten Spaces on till 29th January 2012 which is a showcase of 28 innovative design projects for the regeneration of neglected spaces across London. Go see it: it will stimulate your senses especially as it is housed in one of Somerset House's own lost space!!
23
NOV
I met Syl Tand the founder & CEO of hip guide yesterday: check out her site www.hipguide.com it's a lot of fun.
20
NOV
It was such a lovely day yesterday I spent it in Aldeburgh and whilst there looked at two houses and a flat. I saw a redstart with its orange tail. One day I shall live here. 
20
NOV
I wrote an article in the FT five weeks ago. I called for the sacking of Martyn Thomas Martin Johnson and Rob Andrew Just one to go then; this week Andrew has been under attack by all and sundry.
20
NOV
I bumped in to HE at the Labour Party conference and we agreed to meeet up afterwards and we did so on Thursday. Ethiopia will be hosting a "Davos" in May, 2012 and we talked that through.
20
NOV
I met AP Parigi in Mumbai in 2008 when he was CEO of Times of India; we met again later in the year when he visited Parliament to tell me about Absolute Radio which they had purchased from "Virgin". And then as so often happens, we lost contact.... except except...... On Friday we had lunch at the newly refurbished Sanderson Hotel and chewed the fat free vegetarian Malay menu. AP has moved on and we plotted how we might work together.  
17
NOV
I drove back from Major Stanley's match at Oxford late yesterday afternoon to be interviewed by Cathy Newman of C4 News at 7 on the fate of Martin Johnson who had stepped down from being England's rugby manager earlier in the day. I called for his resignation in my article in the FT last month.
17
NOV
The Major Stanley's Trust (I am a trustee) held its annual meeting at Oxford yesterday before its match against the Dark Blues.
17
NOV
On Tuesday afternoon and evening, the Trinity Hospice Trustees held their annual "Away Day". It was very well attended by senior staff and trustees as we had a lot to discuss including: Patient Services GP practices The acute sector 2020 vision Fund raising Finance Communications I chaired the day.
14
NOV
It was desperately sad to read that Peter Roebuck had taken his life but not so surprising. I first met him in 1984 when I published at George Allen & Unwin, It Never Rains. This was his second book and followed on from Slices of Cricket (1982). Both were critically acclaimed and commercially successful. He was happier putting pen to paper. As I had recently lived and played rugby in Bath, I didn't need much of an excuse to leave London and spend a day there...
14
NOV
Alan Keen MP has passed away. I will post a longer note shortly.
13
NOV
It was a celebratory rugby weekend.....on Friday I attended the 125th anniversary of my first senior club, Bedford RUFC - now known as the Blues - at the Club. It was good to touch base with players from our 1975 Cup win - Budge Rogers, Norman Barker, Clive Hooker, Chris Bailward, Foster Edwards and Bob Demming. It was also sad to think we won't be at the 150th........... Yesterday. it was Richmond's turn to enjoy 150 years - making them the second oldest club in the world.
13
NOV
After Remembrance Sunday, I went to the V&A to see the 50th Anniversary exhibition of Private Eye and was pleased to see on video the craft of Ken Pyne. a great cartoonist. I then spent an hour at the Postmodernism: Style & Subversions 1970-1990 exhibition which was beautifully curated.
13
NOV
On Thursday, I travelled up to Oundle School in Northamptonshire, to give a talk to their Year 12 and 13 History and Politics groups on New Labour......
10
NOV
UK to abstain in a UN vote on Palestine   The UK will abstain in a United Nations (UN) vote on Palestinian statehood, Foreign Secretary William Hague told the House of Commons during a statement on the Middle East.   In response, Douglas Alexander MP, the Shadow Foreign Secretary said "Given the absence of any meaningful negotiations between the parties at present, a point which I am sure the Foreign Secretary will not dispute, can he tell the House how his position of having no
10
NOV
Once again I went to the MfY Prom last night at the Royal Albert Hall and once again it was simply outstanding.
10
NOV
If we thought FIFA was badly managed, the RFU excelled itself last week. Its Management Board (now there's an oxymoron) sacked Martyn Thomas, as its Acting CEO, and stripped him of his positions on the world body (IRB), the Six Nations, the Heineken Cup and chairman of the RFU's 2015 World Cup committee. That was some decision and it was widely applauded beyond the rugby world.   Except, Thomas hasn't been sacked until his contract runs out...
8
NOV
I attended a London RSA lecture at the RSA last night given by Sir Michael Arthur, formerly our High Commissioner in India. (As an aside I do wish we could call our High Commissioners "Ambassadors" which is what they are; it is silly to continue the High Commission nonsense at the FCO just to placate a crumbling Commonwealth which matters less and less to us every day). Sir Michael's talk was entitled "Elephants on the Move: How much will India shape the 21st century?" and his answer...
7
NOV
I went down to Bath for the weekend for several reasons: ** to see Jack, my son, who is at Bath Uni ** to see my good friends - David and Sue Gay ** to have supper with Ken Loach ** to watch Bath v Harlequins ** to enjoy a vista of the Fireworks on the Rec Jack was in fine form though he had no rugby this week. he has gone from the 3rd XV to the 2nd XV in four weeks and is hoping to play for the 1st's before Christmas. I used to coach the University side from 1978-81 and on...
3
NOV
Quite a few rugby journalists will be wondering what to write this morning such has been their closeness/blind loyalty to Martyn Thomas, the former chairman of the RFU and acting CEO. Finally, the RFU Management Board fired him yesterday.
3
NOV
I went to see Driving Miss Daisy last night. It stars the simply wonderful Vanessa Redgrave as Miss Daisy and the equally outstanding James Earl Jones, as Hoke Coleburn, her black driver. It was always a play before it became a film and this transfer from Broadway is simply wonderful. Go see.  
2
NOV
I ddi an interview on BBC Radio 4's Today programme about the RFU. The RFU's Management Board (now there's an oxymoron) meets today to decide: 1. What to do with the 130 Clubs who want the Acting CEO to stand down 2. What to do with Martin Johnson 3. Whether to commission a report about the six reports currently progressing 4. Er, that's it
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