Yesterday, British Chancellor George Osborne announced a tax amnesty for athletes competing in the London Grand Prix, a track and field event, this summer. Non-British athletes are typically taxed on money they earn from prizes or appearances in the UK as well as part of their income from global endorsement deals.
According to Google’s new n-gram tool, when researching history, words count.
By analyzing over 500 billion words from 5.2 million books in Chinese, English, French, German, Russian, and Spanish, the n-gram tool allows users to track the usage of words from 1500AD onwards.
The implications of this tool in terms of historical and cultural research are just beginning to come to light.
I was listening to the radio while still in bed last weekend and they were talking about how, in the year 775, gamma rays blasted the earth with a heavy dose of radiation.
How did they figure this out, the interviewer asked? It wasn't from eye-witness accounts, because people wouldn't have even noticed it.
It also wasn't from catastrophic damage caused by the radiation, because it didn't plunge the world into a nuclear winter, nor did it blow away the ozone layer or cause people to grow extra limbs, so there was little evidence of it even happening.
Many years ago I was involved in Nutrition for Life International (NFLI) , a company I was proud to be associated with, and a role I thoroughly enjoyed. During that time, as a leader, it was my job to support the sales staff who needed leadership and were in the UK, even though I had not recruited them.
As one example, and there are many, I was lucky enough to meet Malcolm Charlaw. Just like many others Malcolm had taken up the right to sell NFLI’s products. However, he could not relate to his line manager, and as one of the four company’s leaders in the UK, it was my job to ensure they received the support to have a fighting chance of making more sales. As we chatted, we became friends, and on his travels with his day job as a computer network specialist he would pop in for a meal at our home. Malcolm relates to us, as we relate to him, our thinking has more in common than it has not in common.
If you consider this relationship in terms of networking (as in relationship building) theory you could have considered Malcolm a stranger. Yes, we had the company in common, but it was a relationship that grew around what we were, rather than who we worked for, indeed Malcolm soon quit marketing NFLI’s products. At that point in time, what would happen in the corporate world, should I have been advised to abandon a friendship, and just left him alone and cut ties as he no longer provided value in £ or $ terms?
NFLI closed in 2003, if memory serves correct, NFLI was another victim of the Enron scandal (we had investors from the oil industry, who had to withdraw their capital to survive having not being paid by Enron).
Since 2003, Malcolm and I have kept in touch, recently a stupid reckless driver has caused Malcolm to be severely injured, leaving him hospitalized and needing ongoing care. As a friend at distance there’s not too much you can do to help, but I did lend an ear. Long story made short I was able to be that person that was just there at the right time to help Malcolm.
The truth is Malcolm and I both like people, but we never really expect our friendships with others to create wealth. There has been no expectation of a result, apart from the fun of being real friends and looking forward to talking to each other.
So, what is my message … nothing new !
Just “Pay it Forward” , be happy you have a friend that cares about you.
Help where you can and help when you genuinely feel willing to do so. Always stay true to yourself, never be anything else but yourself. Allow people to self filter, your real friends will just rise to the top.
I’m looking forward to the next discovery of a real friend.
Are you ?
As ever, Simon Hamer
Curries have come a long way from the proto-curry of the Indus Valley civilization and I am sure our tastes have also evolved. And chillies probably came much later and only in the 16th century.
But I can attest to the fact that curry withdrawal syndrome is a real thing and hits hard if I go more than 3 or 4 days without a fix.
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New satellite technology has yielded a stunning new set of views of the Earth at night. And a surprise -- in North Dakota, near the Canadian border, there is a bright spot. It's not a city. It wasn't there six years ago. It, too, is new. You'll see it in the video below as the US comes into view.