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Writing

The critical importance of the sentence

I never knew what syntax was, or how important it was in your writing, until this week. I am reading a book at the moment, “First You Write a Sentence.” by Joe Moran. Moran explains, in plain English, the elements of writing well and the starting point is the sentence. Syntax is the order in […]

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Blog Society

Why I hope Trump recovers

I hope Trump recovers and contests the US presidential election. Not because I like the man but because I hate him and what Trumpism stands for. And I want to see Americans rejecting him and his narcissism, bigotry, racism, lying, tax evasion, sexual deviancy, braggadocio, vanity, cheating. This is a man who has boasted about […]

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Society

Misinformation, masks, and conspiracy theories

Misinformation is rampant today, especially around the Covid 19 pandemic. And it poses a problem for our society, although it is impossible to quantify the magnitude of the problem. The wide range of social media platforms makes it easy to disseminate misinformation, conspiracy theories, hate filled views, and downright lies. To what extent the people […]

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Small Business Social Media Marketing Storytelling Video Marketing

How this 39 second video works so effectively

I made a 39 second video recently which packs a punch and does a great deal of heavy lifting for me. It follows a certain formula I use when making a particular type of video. Let me explain. I have previously written about the video formula which involves 3 steps: When I was I believe […]

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Blogging

Trees (when I look out the window of my home office)

When I look out the window of my home office here in my home in Kildare I see some beautiful trees which I am pleased to say I planted many years ago when we first moved to this property. The trees, like myself, have matured and aged and we have both taken on a slightly […]

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Blogging

The fundamental principle of being paid for work

This morning, as most mornings, I received an email from an employee who wanted to know if he “had a case”. He was most appreciative of the work I did, the YouTube videos I uploaded to my YouTube channel, the blog posts and information on my various websites, and so forth. But he wanted me […]

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Bread

I made a “Pain de Campagne” at the weekend

I made a nice loaf of bread at the weekend called a “Pain de Campagne”. It is a rustic country bread which improves with age and can be eaten for up to a week after baking. The recipe I used I obtained from Ken Forkish’s book, “Flour Water Salt Yeast”. Ken Forkish left a corporate […]

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Blogging Online Marketing Small Business

Why my chatbot Watson is back (and the surprising reason he went away for a while)

When I made a chatbot (Watson) for my websites with the IBM Watson Assistant programme in November 2018 I was stunned as to how intelligent it was, and the potential it offered.  I was also stunned by the reaction from some humans. Let me explain.  Watson’s intelligence is founded upon Natural Language Processing which is […]

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Law

Witnessing wills from the car and spraying the €50 notes

I traveled out from my office yesterday, with my trusty secretary, to witness the signing of wills for a couple who are cocooning at home as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic. And it was a surreal experience, one I never imagined I would witness. We drove through the entrance to the property at […]

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Digital Marketing Small Business Video Marketing

Avoid the familiar mistake of seeking perfection in your marketing

I read an update on LinkedIn the other day from a small business owner who has evidently embraced video marketing as part of her marketing strategy. This is a first, crucially important step which I am repeatedly banging on about and encouraging on this blog, on my YouTube channel, on my Instagram, and anywhere else […]