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Friday, 27 February 2015

Forgive me, I'm feeling nostalgic and a little homesick at the moment.

I hope you can enjoy the electric atmosphere though.


Ampers.

Is there a good argument for reducing our MPs to 325? This proves there is!

For the purpose of this article, we won't discuss the upper houses in each country, which are:

535 members in the USA Congress (Upper House).
790 members in the UK House of Lords (Upper House).

Neither will we go into the totals of both houses of each country, which are:

Members of both houses in the USA total 970 members.
Members of both houses in the UK total 1,440 members.

Let's just examine the lower houses of each country (which is where the main work of parliament takes place).

The USA House of Representatives (Lower House) has 435 members which look after 318,900,000 people over an area of 3,800,000 square miles. If we divide these figures by their members we get an average of 87,356 sq miles and 733.103 people per Representative

UK House of Commons (Lower House) has 650 MPs which looks after 64,100,000 people over an area of 93,800 square miles.  If we divide these figures by their members we get an average of 144 sq miles and 98,615 people per MP.

Let us now try and compare each country for the purpose of trying to find out which is more efficient:

If the UK MPs covered the same distances as their American counterparts, we would have 40.5 MPs. (John Bercow for the point five?)

If the UK MPs covered the same number of people as their American counterparts, we would have 5 MPs.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

How to change your life for the better, just for a one off payment of £7.07

This applies, not only for business, but in many cases for your home life as well. David Allen has certainly set the world alight with his efficiency system. To have him come and help you - he spends whole weekends helping captains of industry get sorted, at sums which would make your eyes water.

Fortunately for many of us, he has set out his ideas in a book. Amazon UK have his book "Getting Things Done" for only £4.68 in Kindle format or £9.79 if you'd prefer the paperback - I have purchased both. He goes into the theory pretty deeply before he comes to the nitty-gritty, but without his lead-in, the full description wouldn't be of much help. Since finishing the book, I have totally re-organised my home office rebuilt my four drawer filing system from scratch, and thrown out a ton of "clutter".

There are many apps in the market place which try to handle @GTD (Getting Things Done) but many just don't do it for me, they are mostly over complicated, and take up too much time.

A GTD app I really like is Chaos Control. It has nice clean lines and is very easy to work with. It is in its early stage but the writer says that, although he has lots of plans for it, he intends to K.I.S.S. (which stands for Keep It Simple, Stupid).

One notebook app I have been using has been Evernote. I used it just to keep snippets of information but never really rated the software.

This all changed when I read Steve Scott's book, "Master Evernote". Quite frankly, the book astonished me. I had never realised the power of the program until I read his book.

However, you would be very much advised to get your manual system set up as David Allan suggests before looking at Evernote. I didn't and after I set up all the stacks, folders and tags, found I had done them all incorrectly, and had to start all over again. Take my advice and master the manual system first.

Friday, 20 February 2015

My Threexxx Four favourite historic put-downs.

And, they were all made by one man!
Lady Astor to Winston Churchill; "Winston, if I were your wife, I’d put poison in your coffee." "Nancy," Churchill replied; "if I were your husband, I’d drink it." 
One of the Prime Minister's bodyguards confirmed this exchange was with Bessie Braddock: Bessie to Winston; "Winston, you are drunk, exceedingly drunk". Winston replied; "And, you are ugly, my dear, exceedingly ugly, but, in the morning, I shall be sober." 
Finally, there was this exchange by telegram with George Bernard Shaw: GBS: Tickets at door for my first night, bring a friend, if you have one."WSC: Can't make first night, will come second night, if there is one."
I typed these, in no particular order, which one do you prefer, and do you know any other famous put-downs in history? Here's another to start you off:
Duke of Wellington: "We have always been, we are, and I hope we always will be... detested by the French."
Ampers.

Monday, 16 February 2015

Why does it take so long in the UK?

I'm referring to our builders and building companies, and also to the short sightedness of the people commissioning these people to build.

Take the Empire State building in New York as an example.

17th March 1930 - Construction begins, the framework for this magnicent building rises at 4.5 floors a week.

1st May 1931 - This 103 storey building is opened, by President Hoover turning on all the buildings lights from Washington.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Ampers' Humour: How to get rich, in one easy lesson!

A lovely story...
A little old lady was walking down the street dragging two... large plastic garbage bags behind her. One of the bags was ripped and every once in a while a £20 note fell out onto the pavement.

Noticing this, a policeman stopped her, and said, "Ma'am, there are £20 notes falling out of that bag."

"Oh, really? Darn it!" said the little old lady. "I'd better go back and see if I can find them. Thanks for telling me officer.
"Well, now, not so fast,"said the cop. Where did you get all that money? You didn't steal it, did you?"