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I sit on the Board at Crowdbnk and I am a Strategic Advisor to StartUpCapitalVenture 2 in San Francisco and I am also on the CITI Advisory Board @ Columbia University, NY.

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

 

 

The sudden EU increases to the UK's budget would have been flagged up by FTSE 250 company months before; EU needs fundamental reform

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There was a small gathering of the English clans in Monticiano, up in the hills south west of Siena, this morning to watch the Royal wedding on television. Curious locals wondered what the fuss was but we had a goodly time watching the beautiful event unfold.
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There was a packed house for the Richmond FC's match against the Barbarians last night which was celebrated with an excellent supper beforehand for 600+. Barbarians 45 Richmond 36 Richmond 36 Barbarians 45 [h/t : 19-28] Richmond Athletic Ground Tuesday 12 April 2011 Barbarians: G M Delport (Stourbridge & SA) capt; *D McCall (Glasgow Hawks), S J Jewell (Esher & London Wasps), J Botha (Hartpury College), *R S Carter (Aberavon); *J Davies (Aberavon), *J M Neves Pinto (G D Direito
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See: www.dohaforum.qatar-conferences.org I will speaking at the Forum on internet matters as I did back in 2006. This will be my fifth visit to the Doha Forum and my sixth visit in all to Qatar.
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I sat mostly in the beautiful gardens at Trinity Hospice today chatting to various groups of our wonderful staff who together make Trinity tick. First up was our laundry and catering group without which we couldn't function (i wonder how many times I will use that phrase over the next year?). Then it was a session with our porters and hardworking gardener followed by a meeting with our head of transport. I'm learning fast. Then, I met our Shops team and Volunteers and we
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I have been a member of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists for almost a decade (and with it I am allowed, as a Freeman of the City of London, to drive my sheep across the Tower Bridge for free). A few years ago some very brave WCIT members persuaded us to adopt an Academy and we then agreed to raise £1 million for the new Hammersmith Academy which opens in September and on Wednesday, at our Hall in St Bartholomew's Close, thirty or so members met to better...
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This evening I am spoilt for choice; I am watching the Red Sox v the Yankees at Fenway Park which I first visited in 1983; the Yankees took an early 2-0 lead which could have dented the Red Sox's confidence given they are 0-6 for the new season might have led them to capitulate. But in the 3rd amazingly the score is 6-4 Red Sox- this game has a lot of life in yet................... (ESPN 430 on Sky) And in between I am flicking to Sky 401 to watch our boy wonder, Rory...
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Lords a Leapin'    On Wednesday, I was a rare visitor to the House of Lords to have lunch with my old mucker, John Maxton, now Lord Maxton, with whom I shared four years,  when he was an MP, on the DCMS Select Committee chaired by Geraldo Kaufmann MP.    Nick Clegg's favourite song maybe As Tears Go By, by the wistful Marianne Faithfull, sponsored by Kleenex, but his understanding of networking is slight..... Here is the Lord's...
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I went so see Beeban Kidron’s wonderful Storyville film about the devadasi system, Sex, Death and the Gods on Monday evening at Somerset House. I missed it when it was shown on BBC4 (why not BBC2??) earlier this year.
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I attended the Editorial Intelligence Comment Conference yesterday on Enterprise and was a panellist in the final session. www.editorialintelligence.com www.commentconference.com
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The red hot news tonight was that the hot red top News of The World has offered an unconditional apology to a number of politicians and celebrities for having hacked their personal mobiles. NewsCorp cannot be allowed to own BSkyB outright until the whole truth about these cases have come to court. Meanwhile, an independent investigation into the Met Police's relationship with NewsCorp must be announced tomorrow morning.
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In a great match at Fenway Park the Sox beat the Yankees 9-6....
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I was at Trinity Hospice this morning for a very well attended Business breakfast (supplied by Starbucks).
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Andrew Lansley's attempts to force a greater degree of private companies in to run the NHS have hit the buffers. This may or may not be good for Trinity Hospice. If the reforms are slowed down and delayed to 2014-15 then in an election cycle the chances are they will be postponed until after 2015.
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http://link.email.washingtonpost.com/r/1BAF0O/V1GPVU/WOZQM7/7NP8JW/N2UEZ/36/h
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I was a guest of Peter Varney's at Charlton Athletic yesterday at once again Happy Valley where after a tentative start we beat Orient 3-1. This ended a dreadful run of 13 games without a win.  It says something about our fans that despite the run they still turn up to support us - yesterday's crowd was just over 15,000.  I saw my first game at The Valley in 1958 - Charlton v Blackburn where we needed a draw to a win to go up to the First Division but lost...
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As per usual on Friday I was out and about as Chairman of Trinity Hospice. I started at Marie Curie with Thomas Hughes-Hallett, CEO and we discussed where the Government's current thinking is on Hospice care per se. I moved on to our two Kensington shops to meet Richard Walker-Arnott, Deputy Lieutenant of Kensington & Chelsea. Stefan, our overall Shops Manager, showed him round and then we had a coffee. I was back at the Hospice after lunch to meet Charlie Skinner, one of...
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Editorial Intelligence held another of their successful soiree events on Wednesday evening at the Commonwealth Club when a panel chaired by Peter Yorke discussed the place of Royalty. The panellist included fiesty Rachel johnson, Peter Tatchell - the star turn and national institution, the Ambassador of Sweden, Sarah Sands and Peter Kellner (YouGov). It was a goodly event. www.editorialintelligence.com
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On 20th April the Norman R. Bobins Collection of Equestrian and Sporting Prints comes up for sale. www.dnfa.com
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Why are the Tories so hostile to such a sensible change to the voting system as the Alternative Vote and why has the Sunday Times come out in support of the status quo? Consider what happened to me at the General Elections of 1997, 2001 and 2005. I won with less than 40% of the total votes cast. How can this be democratic? The Alternative Vote gives voters more choice to elect an MP closest to their own beliefs. Voters will list the candidates in order of preference and...
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From The Art Newspaper The Top 5 Exhibitions 1. Hasegawa Tohaku at the Tokyo National Museum Total visitors: 292,526 average daily figure of 12,116 2. Post Impressionism at the National Art Center, Tokyo 777,551 and a daily of 10,757 3. Designing the Lincoln Memorial, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC 2,926,232 and a daily of 9,290 4. Hasegawa Tohaku at the Kyoto National Museum 244,347 and a daily of 9,098 5. Van Gogh at the National Art Center,...
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