Monthly Archives: December 2012

2012: Making the best of an awful year

Summary How was 2012? For me, in the grand scheme of things a disaster. If someone said to me at the start of the year that I’d have a mental health crisis resulting in me not being able to work … Continue reading

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So this is Christmas…

…and what have you done? It’s sad to see the footage from John Lennon’s music video where the title and the above-line is taken from. It was in the mid-late 1980s that my parents bought what I remember to be … Continue reading

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Who’s Christmas is it anyway?

Summary Another Crimbo blogpost I’ve said to myself I’m still due a fantastic Christmas, where somethings really nice happen to the extent that they transform my immediate and medium term future while being damn good fun at the time. So … Continue reading

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The new Whitehall digital strategies

Summary The new departmental digital strategies were published today, but have ministers spotted the elephant in the room? You can see the new digital strategies here in all their glory. For those of you short on time, you can have … Continue reading

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“Eric Pickles can save you money!”

Summary How a recent document from the Department for Communities and Local Government has ruffled more than a few feathers. Plus a few other Christmas pressies from Whitehall The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, announced … Continue reading

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Puffles’ Twitter Lists – The Civil Service

Summary Not so much a ‘who’s who’ of the civil service on Twitter, but a list of those who are in, used to be or work around the civil service – and who get Puffles too. It’s not a definitive … Continue reading

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The 2011 Census – data and the Church

Summary Some thoughts on the significant fall on the number of people identifying themselves as Christian The decline over a decade is stark: “Between 2001 and 2011 there has been a decrease in people who identify as Christian (from 71.7 … Continue reading

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Should government departments post ‘confrontational’ tweets targeting other organisations?

Summary Why a couple of tweets from the Department for Education over a strike threat from teaching unions leave me wondering whether there was a better way for ministers to make their point Declaration: I am a community governor of … Continue reading

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Come to UKGovCamp 2013!

Summary It’ll be fun! (But don’t expect it to be the same as years gone by – the world has changed).  (Updated to add, the tickets are being released in batches. If it says ‘sold out’ you can add yourself … Continue reading

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Am I living in a box…without a compass?

Summary Picking up points raised in Jon Worth’s Bored blogpost I read Jon’s blogpost, Bored, with interest. A strange-sounding sentence but it picked up on a number of things that I mentioned just over a year ago on the curses … Continue reading

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