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Chicken food

Caution - this blog contains scenes of gratuitous violence and may be unsuitable for children and vegans. It’s also my longest blog yet, overtaking the previous record-holder, '(Bitten to) death in Venice' by over 600 words, so if you decide ...

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Be prepared

These days pretty much  every news item, blog, tweet, report, article, paper, marketing email and blatant sales pitch seems to have a COVID-19 slant. Which is hardly surprising really. But, if you're anything like me - in which case you ...

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One flew over the chicken’s nest

I started writing this blog a few weeks ago, when the level of Coronavirus-related selfishness and stupidity was nearing epic proportions. It turned into a fairly substantial rant, even by my standards, on such topics as the ridiculous level of ...

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The wood from the trees (or, more accurately, the trees from the wood)

Just before Christmas, my chainsaw (see ‘Boys' toys’ and 'No jacket required’) made one of its increasingly infrequent appearances. It doesn’t come out to play very often, but Christmas is one of the rare occasions when it does, as it ...

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Judgement day

The last few weeks have been quite busy - and, at times, a teeny bit stressful. I’ve prepared and facilitated four crisis management  and business recovery exercises (two of which included actors and journalists and mock TV and radio news ...

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It’s about time (2)

During a recent, admittedly somewhat one-sided, conversation with Barney (see '20/20 hindsight', 'Not what it seems', 'Horses for courses' and 'Paws for thought', amongst other previous blogs), after a couple of glasses of wine, I have to confess, it struck ...

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Oh dear diary

A couple of blogs ago (see ‘It’s all geek to me’) I mentioned the fact that I’m not, shall we say, totally wedded to technology, at least not for technology’s sake. In that blog I also mentioned that I’m an aficionado of ...

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A deep and meaningful experience

Last week I was subjected to a torture session masquerading as physiotherapy, to help treat yet another sport-related ailment (see 'Eye eye captain', 'Going head to head' and 'A toe-curling tale'). This time it's a condition called plantar fasciitis, which, ...

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It’s all geek to me

A friend of mine has, on more than one occasion, and somewhat unfairly in my opinion, accused me of being a Luddite. It's not that I have anything against technology per se and, unlike the original Luddites, I have no particular desire ...

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A bird in the hand

Last year I had ‘one of those’ train journeys. I suppose it’s only to be expected when you’re travelling on a third world rail system. Like the one we have in the UK, for instance. Many of you will, I'm sure, have ...

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The skiing bug

Seasoned readers of my blog will know that the Osbornes are keen skiers (see 'A white Christmas', 'Ski boots and celery', 'Piste again' and 'Snow bother'). We recently spent a week in Cortina D'Ampezzo, in the Italian Dolomites, with some friends, ...

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Baggage allowance

I've just returned from a trip to the dentist. Not one of my favourite outings at the best of times, for reasons which I'll come to, but it had to be done. It started with a bit of tenderness in one ...

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A key issue

Returning home from a recent client visit, I arrived, after a long, tiring drive, to find that I couldn't open my front door. Whilst previous occurrences were due to me forgetting to take my door key with me, I had ...

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Enough is enough

A chap I know likes cars. "Likes" is, in fact, a massive understatement - he's fanatical about them. And he particularly loves having a new one to play with, which is quite a regular occurrence, because he changes his cars ...

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It’s about time

I can't believe it's already more than a month since the Easter weekend, the subject of this blog. As so often happens, I started writing it shortly after the event, but then other priorities conspired to prevent, or at least ...

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Viva Las Vegas, part 4

Despite waking again at three in the morning due to my body clock still being up the Swanny, day two of the conference went fine. The presentations were interesting and informative and I only suffered a couple of relatively minor ...

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Viva Las Vegas, part 3

It would appear that my body clock has gone a bit haywire. Yesterday was quite a long day. By the time I got to the ironing episode (see 'Viva Las Vegas, part 2') I'd been up for almost nineteen hours, which ...

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Viva Las Vegas, part 2

Well, here I am in Vegas after a long, slightly delayed but otherwise uneventful flight. After the standard cheery greeting at border control I wandered out into the Nevada sunshine and got a taxi to my hotel. The driver asked what ...

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Viva Las Vegas

I've never been to Las Vegas. I'm going there soon and I'm really quite excited at the prospect. Not because I'm a gambler, I hasten to add. I have been known to buy the occasional lottery ticket and enter the office Grand National ...

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Ear ear

I spent much of my time over the past few weeks in my own little world, largely oblivious to everything going on around me. No change there, some might say, but on this occasion I have an excuse. A small problem ...

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What’s up doc?

I recently had the misfortune to have to book a doctor's appointment. Nothing serious, I hasten to add, just a minor ear-related inconvenience, but it did warrant seeing someone slightly more medically qualified than the one current and one lapsed ...

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Going off the rails

I started writing this blog absolutely ages ago, as a continuation of the story in ‘Time off in loo’. I've just stumbled across it languishing forgotten and forlorn in my drafts folder, so I thought I should do the decent ...

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Singularly unsuccessful

I write this blog with a heavy heart. Regrettably I have to inform you that the sock situation at Chez Oz (see 'The odd problem') has, after an all-too-brief respite, suffered something of a relapse. In fact, it's taken a ...

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The ramblings of a travelling consultant – episode 7

I do a fair amount of travelling. It goes with the turf really, particularly as Evesham, where I live, being somewhat rural, isn't exactly a hotbed of business continuity consultancy opportunity. Much of that travelling takes place in my car. Most of ...

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Forget it!

With increasing regularity these days I seem to find myself asking the question "why am I here?". Not in any deep, philosophical way, I hasten to add; rather when I've gone from one room to another then can't remember why. ...

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Time off in loo

My favourite room at Chez Oz at the moment is the downstairs cloakroom (I refrained from using the word loo, as in the title, lest you think me common). I've spent a serious amount of time in there recently. Not ...

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Eye eye captain

Last Saturday was not one of my better days. Regular readers of my blogs (which, I have to admit, haven't been particularly regular lately, something I plan to address in the new year) will know that my chosen winter sport is ...

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Who cares?

You may be surprised to hear this (unless, of course, you've been a reader of my blogs for a while or are a member of my family) but I'm possibly not the world's most tolerant person. Particularly in the face of ...

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The odd problem

I have a drawer where my socks live when they're off-duty. Doubtless some of you reading this have a sock drawer too. And, like mine, yours probably contains the odd odd sock. There are, at any given time, up to ten ...

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The ramblings of a travelling consultant – episode 6 (part 2)

A couple of blogs ago I wrote about a trip to Oman (see "The ramblings of a travelling consultant episode 6, part 1") and a couple of minor glitches I experienced while I was there. I promised to finish the ...

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The ramblings of a travelling consultant – episode 6 (part 1)

Long time no blog! I've been a bit of a busy boy recently, with one thing and another and, as a result, I'm afraid I haven't had much time to indulge my blogging habit. I've half-written a few but haven't ...

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“What’s the damage?”

They say that pride comes before a fall so perhaps I only have myself to blame. In my last blog I expressed my pleasure at taking delivery of a shiny new car (see "Pressure tested"), and very nice it is too. ...

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Oz’s ice bucket challenge

As you may know (if not, have a squint at 'An icy crisis' and 'Water, water everywhere (part 2)') I'm a big fan of ice cubes. I do, however, prefer them floating in a glass of gin and tonic rather than in ...

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The ramblings of a travelling consultant – episode 5

Yesterday morning I did a remarkably silly thing. Something I hadn't done in almost seventeen years as the proverbial travelling consultant. Yesterday morning I went to London. No, that's not the silly thing - I go to London quite often and ...

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Is it just me? (part 2)

Is it just me? Is it really? In a scene somewhat reminiscent of the supermarket painkillers fiasco (see "Is it just me (part 1)") I recently attempted something equally ridiculous - I called my dentist to book an appointment. Yes, it ...

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The best laid plans

I spent last weekend in Wales, at the world-famous annual golfing event, the Abersoch Open. There's a blow-by-blow account in my previous blog "@TheAbersoch" so I won't repeat too much of it here.Suffice it to say that it was just about ...

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Counting the cost of consultancy support

Pre(r)amble Before I start I feel I should make two important points : 1) If you're expecting a serious, academic blog containing a reasoned argument backed up by empirical evidence, you've come to the wrong place; 2) I was asked to write 500 ...

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An Open question

I've come in for a bit of stick recently from some of my readers. It was fully deserved, admittedly, but a bit unexpected nevertheless. Nothing terrible, I hasten to add, it's just that questions have been asked. Interestingly, it wasn't ...

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University challenge

A couple of weeks ago we reached a significant milestone in the Oz family history, when we transported number one son (number one as in the sequence in which they arrived, as opposed to any order of preference, I hasten ...

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Never work with children or animals…or technology

The other day I attended a meeting of a local business continuity forum. It was a very well run, very interesting meeting - the latter despite the fact that one of the topics was business interruption insurance, living proof that any ...

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A picture of professionalism

As you may be aware - particularly if I, or my co-conspirators, bombarded you with information about it in my shameless quest for votes - I was recently nominated for an award.I feel duty bound to tell you that it was ...

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Open season

Hooray! I'm not usually given to bouts of unfettered glee, but just occasionally one has to make an exception. And the thing that's got me all worked up is the time of year. Yes, it's time for the world-famous Abersoch ...

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Water, water everywhere (part 2)

I started to write this blog some time ago, but I didn't get around to posting it, or finishing it for that matter, because it was overtaken by my blog about some other watery exploits. Which, as it happens, also ...

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A bumpy landing

I've just finished doing one of those straightforward "I'll knock that off in a day or two" type jobs. It only took me seven days. Over a period of four and a half weeks. The last stint used up pretty ...

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In cyberspace, no-one can hear you scream (or snore)

 On Friday I presented a webinar, on scenario-based exercising, as part of the Business Continuity Institute's Business Continuity Awareness Week. And I have to tell you, it was one of the most nerve-wracking things I've done for a long time.Which ...

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The ramblings of a travelling consultant – episode 3

Last week I paid, quite literally, a flying visit to Dublin to meet a prospective client. The trip presented me with two opportunities. First and foremost, the possibility of some new business, but also the rare opportunity to sample "the ...

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Is it just me? (part 1)

I've not long returned from a trip to the supermarket. Not my favourite activity at the best of times, I have to say, but I usually manage to get through it without having to have an argument. Sadly, not today. It ...

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Going head-to-head

Warning : this blog contains bad language, violent scenes and images that some may find distressing. Particularly me and Mrs Oz!I'm starting to get a bit racked off now. I realise and fully accept that with the amount of hockey ...

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Water, water everywhere

It's been an interesting few days. If I had to sum them up in one word, I think that word would be "watery". Let me explain why.Large parts of the UK have experienced wet weather for a couple of weeks ...

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20/20 hindsight

Barney fans need fret no longer. He's here again.For those of you who aren't familiar with Barney, he's the fifth member of the Oz household - a two-and-a-bit-year-old Field Spaniel (not a Springer!). And for those of you who've read ...

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The ramblings of a travelling consultant – episode 2

Last week I went on a trip to Germany with a colleague. I’ll call him Ian – mainly because that’s his name. I’ve known him for almost as long as I’ve been involved in business continuity management and we’ve worked ...

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Short and sweet

I can't help feeling that my last blog ("(Bitten to) death in Venice") was a little on the long side.Several people told me they enjoyed it, which was great for my ego. But I'm conscious of the fact that we all lead busy ...

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(Bitten to) death in Venice

My favourite Italian city is Venice. It is this week at any rate. Until this week, and for the past year, my favourite Italian city was Verona (see 'A night at the opera') and up until about this time last ...

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A nifty fifty?

It's finally caught up with me. I tried to ignore it and hoped it would go away but whatever I did it was destined to happen anyway. I was utterly powerless to prevent it. Resistance was futile. In the end I just had to take it ...

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Fit for nothing

I've spent the past week hobbling about with a sore calf. Before you ask, no I haven’t branched out into veal farming or bovine veterinarianism (if, indeed, that’s a real word) – the sore calf in question is my latest ...

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Ski boots and celery

In my last blog I wrote about my recent skiing trip and how much I enjoyed it. I love skiing. It's right up there on my list of top ten favourite things (I’ll keep the other nine and their relative ...

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Reading and writing

It may not have escaped your notice but I quite like writing. I like reading too, although with everything else vying for my attention, I don't get nearly enough time to read for pleasure. On the writing front, I blog when I can, although ...

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Oz’ Business Continuity Blog : “One day at a time”

This week saw a significant milestone in the Osborne household and, regrettably, one of my worst fears realised. Yes, my younger son was officially proclaimed to be taller than me!It's not as if I didn't see it coming - he's been sneaking up ...

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It’s just not cricket

Sunday is cricket day for the Osborne boys during the summer. Last Sunday's match was away at Nether Whitacre, a lovely little village cricket club about an hour's drive from Chez Osborne. We set off with just about enough time to spare with the ...

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Boys’ toys

At the weekend I bought a new toy and I've spent the last couple of days playing with it. The 'toy' in question is a chainsaw. Unlike other midlife crisis sufferers, I have no desire to buy a motorbike or a ...

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A toe-curling tale

Today’s schedule went something like this: 09:00 write post-exercise report; 10:30 call client to discuss forthcoming business impact analysis workshop; 11:00 write proposal; 12:30 conference call with client to discuss business continuity strategy; 13:30 deal with today’s e-mail mountain; 14:00 ...

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A night at the opera

I had a fabulous weekend, thank you for asking. It wasn't the usual, run-of-the-mill weekend of dog walking, cricketing, operating the Osborne taxi service or household chores, enjoyable as (most of) those things are, because this weekend Mrs Oz and I jetted off ...

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Oz’s Business Continuity Blog : “Apocalypse, no”

Unless you've missed the news recently, you'll know that last weekend was a hugely significant one for all of us.Or not, as it turned out.No, I'm not talking about my birthday on Friday, even though it was significant enough for me ...

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Horses for courses

On Sunday, my wife and I took our dog Barney to Cleeve Hill, near Cheltenham for a walk. We had a very nice time, but it was ever so slightly marred by a minor altercation on our way back to the car.Now ...

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Oz’s Business Continuity Blog : “An icy crisis”

In my last blog I wrote about the trials and tribulations of working from home during a recent snowy period.What I didn't mention was that the hassle of trying to work from home amid the Osborne menagerie was compounded by a ...

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No business like snow business

Just before Christmas, as a result of some rather inclement weather, England was closed for a few days.It happens pretty much every year, as soon as we get more than a millimeter of snow, and this time we had about 20 ...

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A spectacular disaster

I wasn't planning to write about Barney (our spaniel puppy) in this blog, but his antics last week sort of made it inevitable.Barney's rapidly approaching doggie adolescence and, as one of the books on puppy training that I read recently ...

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Mid-life crisis management

My mid-life crisis, which has been bubbling away for a while now, took a serious turn for the worse recently. I was gutted to be asked to play for the veterans team at my hockey club.Some people's mid-life crises manifest ...

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“A tension span”

Last week was, to say the least, a bit of a week.It included a teenage son off school with a cold (a "man cold" that is, and we all know how serious those are), a visit to the physiotherapist for what turned out ...

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Oz’s Business Continuity Blog : “In the limelight”

Yesterday I had what could, quite literally, be described as a moment in the spotlight, when I was filmed for an e-book version of my book “Risk Management Simplified”.A film crew (well, two people at any rate) turned up at ...

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Paws for thought

My last but one blog ("A bit of a Barney”) featured our new puppy, Barney.He’s now had his various inoculations and is able to venture out into the world and a couple of weeks ago he spent his first day ...

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From beekeeping to BCM

I’ve been accused (a tad unfairly in my opinion) by a colleague of occasionally making somewhat tenuous links in my blogs between some of my personal experiences and business continuity management. So what on earth, you may ask, is the ...

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The ramblings of a travelling consultant – episode 1

A colleague and I recently facilitated a business continuity workshop for a client in Cambridge. It was scheduled to start at 9.30am so we arranged to meet at the client’s offices at 8.45 to set up.Because the journey can be ...

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Open all hours

A few weeks ago Acumen moved to a new office. It’s in a multi-tenanted building on a business park on the outskirts of Evesham in Worcestershire. And very nice it is too.The other night I left the office quite late ...

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Sound advice from Winnie the Pooh

You may have heard on the news a few weeks ago (the story made the national and international news after all) of an incident at a school near Evesham in Worcestershire, where a teacher pretended to be shot dead in ...

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