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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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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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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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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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A cracking story (part 1)

A few weeks ago the powers that be decided it would be a good idea to re-surface the main road that runs from the village where I live to just about anywhere I want to go. This was a good ...

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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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The ramblings of a travelling consultant – episode 4 (part 1)

Yesterday was one of those days. In fact it was about four of those days rolled into one! It started at precisely 4.09am when I was rudely awakened by a loud but unintelligible shout from Mrs Oz who, as it turned out, was ...

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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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No jacket required

On Saturday evening I couldn't wait to get my trousers off. In fact Mrs Oz helped me, so as not to delay the process unduly. This was nothing to do with the fact that it was my wedding anniversary or ...

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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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Murder most fowl

The Osbornes recently suffered a tragedy in our menagerie (which is almost good enough to be the title of this blog, but not quite).Regular readers will know that I'm a bit of a yokel and that I live in semi-rural idyll ...

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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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Risk Management Simplified – the movie

A while ago I wrote a blog called ' In the limelight ' about my experience of being filmed for the e-book version of 'Risk Management Simplified'.Having finally got over the cringe factor of watching myself on screen, I thought I'd share ...

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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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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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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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