Appledore Work-In

Appledore Shipyard have started a sit-in to try and save their jobs. As with most ‘events’ these days, theres a blog too. Working in a shipyard myself I’ve seen the industry decline over the years. I can’t remember a year where redundancies haven�t been an issue. I hope Appledore can find a way forward but even though we’re an island nation, the demand for ships and the competition from abroad (including government subsidies) make it tough to justify the small number of yards that are still open in the UK.

Thinker Quiz

First saw on mad musings, the BBC has a thinker quiz for your delights. My results are:

Logical-Mathematical Thinker –

  • Like to understand patterns and relationships between objects or actions
  • Try to understand the world in terms of causes and effects
  • Are good at thinking critically, and solving problems creatively
  • Other Logical-Mathematical Thinkers include Isaac Newton, Archimedes, Albert Einstein.
    Careers which suit Logical-Mathematical thinkers include Physicist, Chemist, Biologist, Lawyer, Computer programmer, Engineer, Inventor.

    Interpersonal Thinker –

  • Like to think about other people, and try to understand them
  • Recognise differences between individuals and appreciate that different people have different perspectives
  • Make an effort to cultivate effective relationships with family, friends and colleagues
  • Other Interpersonal thinkers include Winston Churchill, Mother Teresa, William Shakespeare.
    Careers which suit Interpersonal thinkers include Politician, Psychologist, Nurse, Counsellor, Teacher.

    Usually these net surveys are pretty inaccurate and just a bit of fun. Maybe its just coincidence but I’m surprised by the results which I think match me pretty well.

    MSN Chat Closes

    I’m surprised that Microsoft announced they are to close their MSN chat rooms from October 14th. I can only see this as a publicity and cost reduction exercise. The BBC website features some reactions from net users and also a poll which currently shows 55% against closing chat rooms.

    Microsoft are pandering to the growing hype around internet safety and the parents who want the pc to be a ‘virtual nanny’ for the child while they have a bit of peace and quiet. They are also letting the corrupt few win over the vast majority of honest net users who are more and more being tarnished. If your an adult and use the net then you must be one of those dodgy chat room users.

    Parental responsibility has to be encouraged to try and combat child safety on the net and they must do more to understand the potential dangers and what can be done to combat them. They should also reduce the amount of time their kids spend on the net – there are far healthier and more sociable activities for kids. Stiffer penalties for paedophiles are also required. And hopefully common sense will rule and most other chat rooms stay open before they are driven underground where control really will be lost.


    Just watched a BBC Scotland documentary called Chancers. The programme follows the Airborne Initiative which tries to help persistent young offenders and change their ways. What struck me was the determination and faith that some of the Airborne workers had and just how difficult their job is. I thought my day-to-day job offers challenges and problems – theirs is an absolute nightmare. Constant abuse, threats of violence, persistent drug-taking and a total lack of discipline and respect yet throughout the course they must show they have belief in the offenders. And looking at the Airborne website I’ve seen the salaries offered – that�s a low wage for the stress they go through.

    More desperate are the offenders themselves. Even though they are in last chance saloon they still push their luck taking rules to the extreme. Some of the behaviour……can’t put it into words.

    But what�s left me confused is how best to deal with the offenders? Lock up and throw away the key? More initiatives like Airborne? Just don’t know which is why it’s so difficult to fix.

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    This has been doing the rounds via e-mail over the last week – pretty spooky. To make up your own paragraphs, use this word scrambler. If you are really interested in a kind off science geek type way, here an article from Nature that describes the phenomenon.