September 18, 2012

Aim High

In August 2008 Marc Hogan was bet £1 that he couldn’t become a stand up comic in less than 12 months and perform a one man comedy show at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival in August 2009 for 21 nights. He won the bet!

It was in 1979 when I was 5 years old that I saw my first Alien planet. It wasn’t Tatooine from Star Wars, it was Jupiter. A planet my dad assured me did not have any Wookies on it.

My father even showed me where it was; the largest planet in our Solar System and the second brightest object in the sky after the moon.

Photos from Voyager 1 the NASA space probe were beautiful. But Voyager itself was amazing it weighed just 722 kilograms less than a Fiat Punto, and it contained a gold-plated audio-visual disc just in case it was found by Wookies. The disc carried photos of the Earth and its creatures, a range of scientific information, spoken greetings from people and a medley, “Sounds of Earth”, that included the sounds of whales, a baby crying, waves breaking on a shore, and a collection of Earth music, including works by Mozart and Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode”.

Even more amazing is the fact that Voyager 1 carried just 68 kilobytes of computer memory. To put that in perspective, the smallest iPod – an 8-gigabyte iPod Nano – is 100,000 times more powerful.

I don’t know about you but it amazes me on a daily basis just what we can achieve if we put our minds to it. Voyager 1 was only meant to have a 5-year lifespan (roughly the same as a Fiat Punto) however Voyager 1 is now 35 years old. In the next year or so it will cross out of our Solar System, the first man made object to do so.

Look what happens when you shoot for the stars…

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September 10, 2012

Dreaming With Our Eyes Open

In August 2008 Marc Hogan was bet £1 that he couldn’t become a stand up comic in less than 12 months and perform a one man comedy show at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival in August 2009 for 21 nights. He won the bet!

A human lifespan lasts, on average, 79 years. In that time a person living in the UK will eat an average 479 fish fingers, take 7163 baths, shed 121 pints of tears, dream 104,390 dreams, go through 1033 chickens, buy 733 balloons and perhaps if they are lucky enough they might get to sit in an Olympic Stadium just once!

I’m not too proud to admit I was an Olympic naysayer. “It’s too expensive”, “look at what happened to the Millennium Dome”, “there will be empty seats” etc, etc.

However I was completely wrong. All day, every day the Olympic venues were packed and I was thrilled by every Olympian and Paralympian in all their biodiversity! It was an amazing summer.

Are there still problems in the world? Yes. Can we do more to help people at home and abroad? Yes. But you know what, if the Olympics have shown us anything, it has shown us that there is practically nothing a person can achieve if they dare to dream a little bigger…

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September 3, 2012

Back To School

In August 2008 Marc Hogan was bet £1 that he couldn’t become a stand up comic in less than 12 months and perform a one man comedy show at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival in August 2009 for 21 nights. He won the bet!

Schools have been on my mind a lot lately, all the kids start back at school this week and it will now take me an extra hour to drive anywhere between 7 and 9am

What really confuses me about Britain is all the different types of schools that exist here. There are public schools, which are not in fact ‘public schools’ and are effectively private schools. Then of course there are actual private schools, which confusingly include public schools and ironically are open to the public if they can afford the fees. Then there are the state schools you know the ones they’re the schools that don’t have Olympic boating lakes, but do have some slightly used rounders’ kit.

Now of course we’ve even got ‘free schools’ which from what I can work out via Wikipedia are actually free, but are run by well meaning middle class parents rather than being run by well meaning middle class folk who work for the local authority.

Then there’s Montessori Schools, which seem to mean your child will be an awfully nice well-rounded person but won’t know the square root of 64*.

Not forgetting Grammar Schools, which unlike a comprehensive school who have to take everybody they only take students who pass an entrance exam and use proper Grammar (which judging by my blogs means I definitely didn’t go to a Grammar school).

And finally there are single sex schools which as I understand it mean your child will get better grades at GCSE and A Level, and secure a place at a good University but they will most likely be the parent of their own child 9 months after arriving at said University.

So why am I obsessed with schools today? Because I met someone today who immediately assumed I had gone to a certain type of school based on my career choice.

That surprised me. From my perspective, your school should never define what you can and cannot do for a job (unless of course you are a Conservative MP). I believe what defines you is how much effort you put in, whether that’s in the job itself, or whether you decide to take on a course or perhaps gets a new qualification.

So this week when you pack your children back off to school, perhaps you might think of learning something new yourself. There’s no doubt that changing your career can be hard but most of us are going to work for almost 50 years, so perhaps a couple of hours a week studying something new might be worth the effort.

What could happen to your career if you went back to school today?

[* My nephew reliably informs me the answer is 8]

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