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From Chester to Bangor

By Dave Snowden  ·  November 27, 2013  ·  Memories

It's funny how specific objects trigger complex memories.  I changed trains in Chester station today on the way to Bangor University for an evening event and I saw the sign pictured in the header of this post.  I'm not sure when I first saw it, probably in 1965 when we had a school trip to London.  A long steam driven train journey followed by a bus tour and a visit to the top of the Shell Building, then the tallest in London if not the UK.  But it might have been one of the many times we took the branch line from Mold before it was...

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Charity is the opiate of the people

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 7, 2013  ·  Memories, Polemic

It will take a bit of time to get to my twist of Marx's famous comment on Religion, and a tirade against Dickens.  The clue is in the picture - one of a series of statutes which commemorate the so called Newport Riots arising from the Chartist march in 1839.  Newport is a town with a history and rather like Warsaw it wears that history on its sleeve and with good reason.  Its located on the River Usk, bypassed by the M4 and the Brynglas Tunnel of traffic report fame.   I was there to use the Passport Office's same day service as I ...

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I was going to buy leather patches for the tweed jacket ...

By Dave Snowden  ·  April 4, 2012  ·  Memories

Yainnis Gabriel recent reflection on his 2008 article in Organisational Studies triggered some thoughts on my own presentation style over the years, and some good memories.  I still remember my first public presentation at the age of 10 on the 14th October 1964 on the stage in Bryn Coch Primary School.  It was a mock election and I was the Labour Candidate, and one of the few to present a political platform rather than promise free sweets and extended playtime.  I'm pleased to say I won handsomely and the next day saw the first...

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