In Your Face

In Your Face
Thought provoking opinions on topical issues.

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Source of Creative Inspiration

At TEDIndia, Hollywood/Bollywood director Shekhar Kapur ("Elizabeth," "Mr. India") pinpoints his source of creativity: sheer, utter panic. He shares a powerful way to unleash your inner storyteller.

Shekhar Kapur is a visionary filmmaker and storyteller who works at the intersection of art, myth and activism.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Irony of The EU Nobel Prize

It is "ironic" that the EU has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, given that whilst the EU may strive for peace outwith its borders, its financial policies are creating chaos and violence within its borders.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Body Language - How It Shapes What You Are

An excellent lecture by Amy Cuddy on how body language shapes what you are.

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident -- can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

Amy Cuddy’s research on body language reveals that we can change other people’s perceptions — and even our own body chemistry — simply by changing body positions.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

The Linkedin Password Hack

It seems that the recent security breach at Linkedin, whereby millions of passwords have been reportedly compromised, may be worse than originally reported.

Accountancy Age reports that the original figure of 6.5 million passwords being breached may be far short of the mark, and that the figure could be considerably higher.

The security firm Imperva claims that even though only around 6.5 million encrypted passwords have been posted online, it is likely that the unknown hacker has far more data.

Therefore those of you who have a Linkedin account are strongly advised to change your passwords to new, more secure and unique ones.

Linkedin have yet to tell its members about the breach, or advise them as to what they should do.

This is not an example of effective crisis management, and will damage the brand, reputation and share value of the company.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Growing Together - EU Advert Withdrawn

The EU's video advert "Growing Together" was hastily withdrawn by the EU today, following a barrage of abuse.

In the interests of freedom of speech I have found a copy of the forbidden advert (please see above).

Here is the snivelling and pathetic statement from the Director General of European Enlargement, announcing the withdrawal of the advert:

"Statement on the recent video clip released by DG Enlargement

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Advice To Network Rail

I see that today, yet again, commuters on Southern Rail are facing serious and ongoing delays between Brighton and London.

This is therefore an opportune moment to offer some friendly advice to Network Rail re its "customer information".

Last week I had the misfortune of having to travel by rail from Brighton to London, on another day when commuters on the London/Brighton route were facing serious delays and cancellations.

One train, in the midst of the chaos, appeared to still be operating (the 11:34 Bedford train). At 11:29 the "customer information" showed "on time".

However, at 11:30 it showed "cancelled".

Clearly, given the ongoing disruption that day, Network Rail knew full well (before 11:30) that the train was not going to depart.

Why therefore did it wait until 11:30 to inform the hapless customers?

Lying to the customers does not endear Network Rail to its customers.

I then asked a member of staff as to when the next train to London would leave (the "information" board showed nothing other than "delay" or "cancelled").

He gave me an honest reply:

"I don't know".

At present Network Rail offers three specific messages wrt train departures:

- on time
- delayed
- cancelled

May I suggest that they add a fourth?

"We are fucking clueless".

That at least is an honest message!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

In The Navy!

How reassuring that the world's shipping lanes are being patrolled and protected by such a professional navy!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

There Was A Young Man Called Ed

Spike Milligan clearly was very being very perceptive about the future of Labour when he wrote this:

"There was a young man called Ed sir
Who was always found in bed sir
One day at one
They fired the gun
And Ed sir in bed sir was dead sir