Archive for November, 2005

Fifteen seconds of fame*

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

Well. According to this review on the Guardian web site of Tim Worstall’s book I am a gem. As long as that’s a Midget Gem, rather than an Iced Gem (did anybody ever like those?) I’ll mark that down in the “feel a bit smug all day” box.
Oh, and my copy arrived in the post [...]


Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

I gather that every single local authority in Scotland has received an FoI enquiry about works of art that they hold. For some reason the enquirer, working for a well-known national newspaper, wants to know how much the things are worth. Actually that’s not quite fair, as the enquiry asks about the ‘value’ of the [...]

Mission control

Monday, November 21st, 2005

A train of thought stimulated by Talk Politics (again), itself prompted by the Policeman’s Blog on the subject of mission statments, and the general fatuity and indeed vacuity thereof.
Now I’ve recently had to devise a mission statement for the Museums Service (it being one of the requirements of the Accreditation Scheme, the sine-qua-non of grant [...]

Room with a view

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

I don’t blog from work, but as I was sat at my desk just before leaving this evening, I scribbled down a few notes to post up here. It was dusk, and after the big blow yesterday the sea was calm again. All along the horizon the clouds were pink and purple while otherwise the [...]