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As a parent and a Catholic (albeit lapsed), I say "well done Sarah Crouch and St Mary's school."
I find it staggering that anyone would have a problem with this. If any institution could benefit from guidance on how to tackle an issue like this with sensitivity and with no loss of determination, it would be a Catholic school.
Anything that works toward reducing bullying and improving understanding can only be a good thing.
Those people who think the Catholic church has a particularly grim view of gay people have missed a few key facts. After all, we're all sinners in the eyes of the Catholic church - all of us. Anyone singling out the gay community as a particularly sinful group of people is nothing more than a bigot.
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@ginidietrich There's another use I can put it too.... I'm involved in a major change management project and am constantly having to put new ideas in front of people. But the important thing is that it all has to be evidence based. This tool will really come into its own.
5 months, 1 week ago on Use the Google Keyword Tool for Content Ideas
That's really useful! Thanks for sharing Gini.
@Erin F. @barrettrossie @flemingsean - 'Ello guvnor, Big Ben, Parliament, English muffin... :)
An inquest would (typically) be headed by a judge to investigate a death, or fatal accident, or something of that nature.
Scotland Yard is where London's police force are headquartered (the Metropolitan Police) so that would just refer to the police going about their business.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Write Right: Enquire versus Inquire
@SharonBautista Sharon, I'm also a singer/songwriter/musician. But because I work in PR & digital communications, I've been watching the MySpace resurrection rumours for a while, with mounting interest.
I have a feeling that if/when the 'new' MySpace gets its act together there could well be a surge in interest in it. I think a combination of nostalgia (a bit like the sentiments you've expressed) and a desire from many people for an alternative to Facebook (burn all the people who say Google+ is a Facebook alternative, it isn't).
I'm not the only person expressing this view - about MySpace making a genuine comeback. No, it's not obvious, it might not even be likely. But there are a lot of indicators there that it might be on the cards.
IF MySpace gets itself together. :)
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I've written about this before too. In September 2011, in a post entitled "I don't want you but I need you":
My three cents on this issue.... creativity will never get a seat on the board. Never.
Results need to be measured though. They can be delivered by dint of amazingly creative ideas, but if you don't know what to measure (because that little rascal is not the same for each and every client and/or campaign) and you don't know how to measure it, and you aren't able to put the measurements into a succinct and compelling format, no measure of creativity will stop you from being disregarded as fluffy or nebulous.
Money talks. Bull-poop walks. Or so the saying sort of goes.
Run a PR agency...? Hire teams of people, get them to work as teams. Scrutinise the gaps in individuals' capabilities and in team performance. But do not do so looking for failings. Do it so that you can identify what your people need from you in order to become better.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Bah Humbug! New Study Shows PR Industry Lacks Creativity
@ginidietrich @Shonali 1000%...? And you said you like math. :)
I wrote about this. On Saturday. How very zeitgeisty.... http://seanfleming.com/the-data-day-challenges-facing-many-pr-firms/
@belllindsay Are you classing yourself as American these days?
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We (Europeans) are pathologically lazy.
I blame it on our socialized health care. It's made us weak.
You should come to London. Nothing much ever happens there either. Apart from fog and chimney sweeps, of course.
Ultimately, most of us are too small - in organisational terms - to be of real interest to Google, and far too small to support effectively.
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@Carmelo @belllindsay You know what they say about the UK & the US... two nations divided by a common language. You're right about Lindsay. Man, what a hoot.
I wonder how Canadians pronounce the word 'hoot'.
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@belllindsay @Carmelo That's just ridiculous. Friends....??? Sheesh, Delusional Canuck.
@Carmelo @belllindsay It's not you Carmelo, it's me. It's happened to me here once or twice (more) before. I read things very literally I guess. I've also tried to make jokes and they've just upset people. So, I totally get it. :)
When I was running my own PR consultancy, the first time I allowed myself to go away for a week and leave my team to look after things was a very liberating experience.
@belllindsay @Carmelo I'll tell you what really sucks where this is concerned... if your boss changes the structure of your team so that you are the only senior person in a team of four or five. Try taking anything more than a couple of days off without them calling you because they don't know what to do in a given scenario.
So, consequently, you don't take proper holidays and you lose a substantial chunk of your leave entitlement.
That would be terrible. I am so tremendously pleased I've never found myself in a situation like that one.
@barrettrossie I totally get this. We had one family holiday when I was a kid. Just one. I was four years old. The next time I went on holiday I was 34 years old.
@Carmelo There's no choice here in the UK, no. You get whatever the company has agreed to give its staff. It's rare that you're allowed to save your leave up. Use it or lose it..!!
@belllindsay Pretty good, yes. Apart from the smell. But I won't mention that in polite company. :)
@magriebler @belllindsay And... they're Swedes! A heady cocktail of reasons to stay there.