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I am a NED @ Crowdbnk and 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, NISE NHS Innovations SE, Major Stanley's Trust at OURFC and the Great Retail Revival Foundation.

 

 

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29
MAR
Amber Digital Consultancy Ltd 1 Maunsel Street London SW1P 2QL   30th March 2012     UCA Work Foundation Discussion Group   Where’s the Money? What do creative businesses need to do to become finance ready? Derek Wyatt & Ian Elwick     Prince of Wales Trust www.princes-trust.org.uk Make it happen book The Prince’s Trust has published its first business start-up guide, "Make it Happen: The Prince’s Trust Guide to Starting your own Business". The...
29
MAR
There seems to be a betting sponsorship free for all for Premier League soccer clubs which gives them a billboard or a shirt to advertise their wares before the 9pm watershed: Manchester United Betfair   Manchester City Paddy Power   Arsenal Betsson   Spurs Sporting Bet   Chelsea   Newcastle 12Bet.com   Liverpool 188 Bet   Sunderland Tombola   Everton 188 Bet   Swansea 32 Red Online...
28
MAR
What a crackpot system we have in the UK for students wishing to apply for University. First they apply without knowing their A level grades though they have their A/S and GCSE results. So, universities blindly offer places to them. Then when they don't quite reach them there is the most almighty cattle market towards the end of August as students try to find a university, any university to accept them. UCAS believes this is the best system in the world. UCAS should be closed down....
28
MAR
Someone high up at Royal Mail will explain why fifteen  years ago they didn't jump on the email band wagon and offer a free email service......as First class and Second class mail goes up to 60p and 50p respectively this surely is the death knell for their mail service allowing others to enter the market. It may be a sop for privatisation in 2014 (pray who will buy it - Amazon?) but only if it is allowed a monopoly on stamps and post boxes.
28
MAR
Top Ten Art Museums 2011 1. Louvre 8,880,000 2. Met, NY 6,004,254 3. British Museum 5,848,534 4. National Gallery 5,253,216 5. Tate Modern 4,802,287 6. National Gallery, DC 4,392, 252 7. National Palace, Taipei (Taiwan), 3,849,577 8. Pompidou Centre 3,613,076 9. National Museum of Korea, Seoul 3,239,549 10. Musee D'Orsay, Paris 3,154,000 In the Top 20 Exhibitions 2011 not one UK museum is listed.
26
MAR
A NOTE BY THE DIRECTOR DITCHLEY 12/03 Cultural Diplomacy: does it work? 8 – 9 March 2012 Summary A diverse group had assembled, with the co-sponsorship of the John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress, to analyse what cultural diplomacy could offer in today’s world, the balance between promotion of national interest and increasing international understanding, and whether it could really work in helping to foster mutual engagement between different peoples. Firm and expert...
26
MAR
Money buys political access just look at the corruption at the heart of the democratic process in America for some of the worst examples. Are we really surprised at the fuss caused by the Sunday Times sting over the weekend which has dominated domestic headlines in all media for three days? I doubt it. There are some ways of cleaning up the stables in Westminster: 1. Allocate 50p per tax payer to a new Political Funding body; their duty would be to allocate that money to...
26
MAR
Tiger Woods golfing future has turned the corner nearly three years after his own private life was exposed for all the world to see. He has a finally won a tournament - for the seventh time - two weeks before The Masters and much of the old master's touch was back. Who would bet against him on a course he loves??
22
MAR
It may have been a day late but Labour raised an urgent question today in Parliament over the leaks for the last fortnight over the Budget. The Speaker should have reprimanded the Chancellor yesterday.
22
MAR
1. Dump the endless "Thank You's" from all the presenters 2. Add an extra female presenter 3. Put John Humphreys out to grass 4. Clone Evan Davies 5. Give Justin Webb a break 6. Dump Gary Richardson 7. Stop the ghetto slot for sport 8. Make Thought for the Day thought for the day and not some sad homily 9. Give traffic reports 10. Stop generalised weather forecasts which tell us nothing
22
MAR
So Osborne moved the money around giving his rich friends more than hard pressed pensioners and would-be pensioners but where was the budget to grow the economy? Faster broadband for ten cities will not promote growth. Some additional enterprise zones not connected to university science parks will not provide growth. A start up act would have been a starter....... 
21
MAR
There have been so many leaks about the Budget this past fortnight that before the Chancellor's Statement at 1230 today, the Speaker should issue an official warning that this mustn't happen again. It demeans Parliament.
17
MAR
I rang my RA hot line yesterday morning because of a searing arthritic pain in my back; two hours later an ambulance took me to the Chelsea and Westminster hospital and ten hours later after tests and x-rays I was allowed home. The pain was less - I could lie down or stand up - but not sit down.   Today, the pain is still there but not as bad but enough to keep from my beloved Twickenham. Thank you NHS. 
17
MAR
I went to see the Hockney at the RA on Wednesday evening. I liked his charcoal sketches and iPad prints. He's overdone the large "murals" as well as the colours but my what an output. The RA should be congratulated on the overall design which was outstanding. 
17
MAR
I spent a couple of hours as the guest of the R&D department at the BBC, winners of 8 Queen's Awards!! (which was mightily impressive) on Thursday. I saw their work for the iPad and some mobile applications.
17
MAR
I chaired an e.i. working dinner for 21 movers and shakers at Bloomberg's on Thursday evening. 
14
MAR
Twenty one members of our Pimlico and St James's Labour party branch were in Parliament yesterday evening to hear Emma Reynolds MP, Shadow Europe Minister, talk enthusiastically about her subject.
14
MAR
Though we are not out of the woods quite yet, we had a constructive meeting of the CAABU executive board yesterday.
13
MAR
Last Thursday, I joined 29 others at Ditchley Park for a Ditchley Foundation three day lock in on Cultural Diplomacy under Chatham House rules. Nineteen countries were represented and we were split up into three groups: ** Cultural Diplomacy and the State (my group) ** Cultural Diplomacy and the NGO players ** International Comparisons & Globalisation The report will be posted in due at www.ditchley.co.uk  
13
MAR
I left Ditchley Park in Oxfordshire at Saturday lunchtime and drove to Portmeirion on the north west coast of Wales. I arrived just in time to hear (Lord) Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, converse with Sir Mark Walpole of the Wellcome Trust on the subject of Mass Over Matter in a Mass Age: Science and Medicine which was simply wonderful. Other highlights were: ** Steve Richards of the Indy doing his one man act ** Sarah Churchwell's 100mph's tour de force on The American Dream...
13
MAR
I chaired the Trustees quarterly Board meeting last night at Trinity Hospice. It was really encouraging to report above prediction earnings from our shops and our fund raising team for our financial year which is about to close.
12
MAR
I was at City University this morning to give a lecture on cable and satellite television to M.Sc. students (would-be Science journalists).  
12
MAR
Tim Dick was in town from San Francisco and we always try to hook up.........we had a dleightful lunch at the RAC club where I bumped into (lord) Stephen Carter and saw Sir Stirling Moss with his original Jaguar C in which he won Le Mans.
8
MAR
The chairs of the all the London Hospices met yesterday at Trinity. It was a very constructive meeting and it was good to hear other chairs having similar problems to your own!
8
MAR
Letter published in this week's Sheerness Times Guardian & Kent Messenger (Sittingbourne) (7th March 2012) Dear Sir   I wonder whether it would be possible for our MP to tell us what he thinks about his own party's NHS reforms.   I have searched high and low and can find no speeches he has made in the in the House of Commons nor any questions he has placed on the Order Paper.   Perhaps, he has been too busy meeting all our local doctors in which case...
6
MAR
I had a drink with John Denham in the newly renamed Boxing Bar at the House of Commons last night though I could find no Lonsdale belts just plenty of Strangers. John has already announced he is standing down at the next election and is now PPS to Ed Miliband. There was a time when I thought he might make a very good Deputy PM and leader of the Party. Though Robin Cook won more plaudits for stepping down from the Cabinet over the Iraq War, John was also highly commended.
6
MAR
Merlin is one of the few independent hereditary Peers in the House of Lords and we have been friends for over a decade largely through our support for all things ICT in Parliament. He is now Chairman of EURIM and we chatted about that and the impact of the Norman Conquest north and south of the border.
6
MAR
In my library I have three copies of books on Hillary Clinton long before she declared her intention to seek the Democratic nomination for President. They are:   The First Partner by Joyce Milton (1999) Hillary's Choice by Gail Sheehy (1999) and Living History: A Memoir HRC (2003) A cursory glance at Amazon brings up: It Takes a Village HRC A Woman in Charge by Carl Bernstein Leadership Secrets by Rebecca Shambaugh Hillary Clinton: Her Way by Jeff Gerth Target:...
6
MAR
I went to hear the 6pm debate on What Are Universities For? at the RSA last night. Debate? Well not quite we had two speakers: Stefan Collini whose book of the same name has just been published by Penguin (The FT persuaded Chris Patton, Chancellor of Oxford University, to review it 10 days ago, giving two thirds of a page!) and Professor Paul O'Prey Vice Chancellor of Roehampton University. You can catch it all at www.thersa.org.   I asked i. How could there be over 150 centres...
5
MAR
I went to see this Exhibition at the Tate yesterday. There were 12 display rooms featuring the work of Ben Nicholson, Duncan Grant, Wyndham Lewis, Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Graham Sutherland and David Hockney alongside other rooms labelled Picasso In Britain 1910-14, 1919, 1920-39, 1937-39 and 1945-60 plus one given over entirely to The Three Dancers.  We Brits took a long time to "get" Picasso and worse to understand his immense talents. When you see his work...
5
MAR
Charlton keep notching away wins mostly because they train and play through to 95 minutes. On Saturday, yet another goal was scored in the 90+5 extra time perios and it was enough to keep us top of Division 1. We need a further 15 points from 12 games to be certain of promotion and we've still to lose at home..... Underneath us Sheffield Utd lost 2-3, their neighbours Wednesday drew away and there were also draws for MK Dons, Huddersfield and Stevenage..... P34 W23 D9 L2 FA64-23 P78
3
MAR
Five years ago it might have been fashionable to include Russia in. It is clear that Russia is not going to develop into a modern thrusting economy based on open, transparent democratic procedures. She is as corrupt as she was under Peter the Great notwithstanding how hard he tried to modernise the state. Under Putin's malevolent influence, Russia ia riddled with corruption from the law courts, to the banks, to the police and to the politicians. Journalists wanting to report on all this
3
MAR
My local Labour ward - Pimlico and St James's - held a coffee morning at Pimlico Academy this morning. Members brought cakes they'd cooked - lots of them - and we sold tea and coffeetot the public who were using these fabulous facilities.
3
MAR
Parkgate House School have been the most amazing supporters of Trinity Hospice and have raised nearly £50k for us since they started their quiz evenings back in 1999. Last night a sell out crowd (over 200) came to Wandsworth Town Hall to have some fun and raise us even more funds - bless their cotton socks. I judged the best table decoration and spoke for a couple of minutes on Trinity; our table did quite well in the quiz but alas not enough to take the top prize!
2
MAR
I went up to Oxford on Wednesday evening to watch Jack, my son, make his debut for the Penguins aagianst my old side......I was wearing two hats - I am a trustee at OURFC and a member of the Penguins committee......and before you ask I had no hand in my son's selection! Here is their match report: The Penguins secured a hard fought 36-22 win against Oxford University at Iffley Road last night. In perfect playing conditions the Penguins hit their stride quickly when after ten phases of...
2
MAR
It is hard to read Rupert Murdoch's tea leaves. He must have wanted to buy the Sky cash cow so he could back News International into it and allow the rather better Sky management to take over the rabble that has led NI. Then, all hell let lose and News International feels headless and lost. RM is a newspaper man through and through. He loves print. He loves the power it brings him. Television, film and online fail to give him the same pride or smell. He hates what has...
2
MAR
I went to Seoul in 2008 courtesy of Samsung and had dinner with Martin Uden, our UK Ambassador; we had previously met in San Francisco where he was the Consular General. I then spoke at a Korean Government sponsored ICT conference in 2009 and met up with Martin again. He is back from Korea and working at UKTI whilst he finds another placement. We had a lively meeting of minds last night!
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