14 February 2019
A weird week in many ways. Over the weekend, I had twisted my back and was feeling a bit pathetic. I made it down to Swindon – the new office – to find that there hadn’t been a “start the week” meeting, so I didn’t miss the first half because of traffic.
07 February 2019
Bizarrely the week didn’t start with a “start the week” meeting. It didn’t even start on Monday. Given the importance of the Monday morning meeting with NAIGT guys and the scare stories on the radio and television on Sunday, I went down to London on Sunday evening, so was able to watch the snow coming down whilst having breakfast smug in the knowledge that I was a couple of hundred yards from the DIUS offices.
31 January 2019
Another “start the week” meeting. What is the world coming to? After that I had a meeting with Jon Kingsbury of NESTA. This was a result of the snafu at the last EMM when we got a paper on their “voucher proposal” that none of us knew anything about.
24 January 2019
Yet another “start the week” meeting. This is beginning to be addictive. After that it was a visit with Fearless leader to Dolby at Wooton Bassett – arranged by EJ. The visit came in two halves. The first was a tour of the factory.
17 January 2019
Yet another “start the week” that I take part in. What is the world coming to? This was followed by another meeting in the series to get ready for the Board meeting and a series of meetings about allocation of manpower on key projects.
09 January 2019
After 12 days of waking up when I felt like it, the 6 o’clock alarm on Monday morning was a nasty shock, but I SO wanted to take part in the first “start the week” meeting of the year I was determined to do it. Stupid really!!
27 December 2018
Since there was to be no-one around, the “start the week” was cancelled. Anyway, I had to be in London, so it was there I went!!
20 December 2018
I actually made a “start the week” meeting so found out what my colleagues were doing this week and next!!
13 December 2018
This was always going to be an odd week, because it was focused on the Digital Economy sandpit. Formally, the participants were to arrive on Monday morning, but the mentors had to meet with the facilitation team the evening before to plan the first day in more detail. Given that this was about design in the digital economy, we had set up a blog, a Ning space (user configurable social media space) and built a section of our Second Life island for interaction. The Ning space was by far the most used, with people arranging shared travel plans and taxis from High Wycombe railway station and Heathrow!!
06 December 2018
This week started a little early, for I flew out to Boston on Saturday for the 2008 Fall Materials Research Society Meeting. I am not sure how long I have been going to this meeting, but it must be close to 25 years. It has about 40 parallel sessions and covers nearly all of materials science. It provides a useful way to get primers in new areas and catch up with the latest thinking in others.