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Thursday

Another day of quality time with Alexander. He stayed awake for most of the day (only slept twice both for about half an hour) so we played a lot. Currently his favourite thing to do is to climb to standing on the furniture and then walk along it. he's also a big fan of chasing after balls by crawling after them.
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Not News!

We're not in the news! Huzzah! OK, I know lots of people and things are not in the news but usually that's because nothing has happened that the media would even be aware of. We've had a busy couple of days at work (Monday afternoon and all day yesterday) because of the publication of a Select Committee report. There have been a few press notices about this embargoed until 00:01 today and we have been doing our side of the story to be ready in case of press enquiries. However not a thing on the news or the websites for BBC News or the Guardian that I've searched on, even Google News doesn't have anything on it other than ePolitix. So far so good, although no doubt it will be picked up at some point. Then the deluge of enquiries will start.
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Quality Street Fair

Earlier today Alexander went to the Quality Street Fair, we walked from home with Alexander in the buggy. Quality Street was shut off to traffic for the fair and it was quite busy with a two way flow of people up and down the various stalls on the pavement on both sides of the road. The first thing that really grabbed Alexander's attention was the local council's recycling stand, but not because he is particularly green. What fired his enthusiasm were the helium filled balloons that they were giving away. As I walked past slowly Alexander's head turned until he was leaning out of the buggy looking behind us. We turned back to get a balloon and a young woman was taken by Alexander. She gushed about how nice he was and got him a balloon without me asking. She…
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McKinsey Invented Matrix Games

Most of today I spent on a training course called "Top Down Thinking" being run by a nice chap from PA Consulting who is the project's workstream leader for technology. What was most interesting for me was the way it boiled the presentation of just about anything down to a 'Governing Thought' and some key lines that summarised your arguments (no more than five of those). The general style of it was very similar to the Matrix Game format where you say I think x will happen because ... and give three arguments to support your case. Apparently the basis for this approach was a book called Pyramid Thinking written in the 1970s by a woman called Barbara Minto who was the first female partner than McKinsey had. So on that basis I think it is fair to say that…
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7th July – A Year after the Bombs

Well I'm sitting in exactly the same place as I was this time last year when I heard about the bombings, which is in my office in Central London. I had expected it to be a bit quieter on the way in this morning, but it isn't noticeably so, although it is still really too early to tell. Usually I get in before the bulk of people in my office. Fridays are also usually a bit quieter especially when the weather is a bit nicer. I hope that today will be a quiet day of remembrance rather than some extremists trying to hit again in the same spot for more carnage. We'll know soon enough.
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