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Dave Snowden
Opera has been a part of my life from an early age and I was torn between the Empire Theatre in Liverpool and the Coliseum home of the English National Opera as the place.  The Empire was where I first fell in love with opera on family trips to see the WNO and the SCO […]
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Dave Snowden
I took a late train up to London today to see the ENO perform La Boheme in a revival of Jonathan Miller's staging. More on the performance itself later for the moment I want to talk about the audience and some memories evoked. I'd settled into my aisle seat in the upper circle (when you […]
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Dave Snowden
. Regular readers of this blog will know my passion for opera. It remains the supreme form of art, combining music, drama, staging and so much more. In a live performance the audience can be enraptured, engaged physically and mentally in a transcendental experience. It all starts with Monteverdi in one of my favorite Italian […]
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Dave Snowden
I’ve been expressing some irritation on social media over the last week or so with idealised approaches to getting agreement to how things should be with little attention to the journey.  Also the linked guilt tripping that goes with a failure to buy in to the latest collection of platitudes.  Discovering that for just over […]
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Linda Doyle
New uses for sensors are being created all the time; from marinas using them to increase safety by guiding yachts boats into place to monitoring the flow of taps in public toilets. Animals are also being used as sensors. There’s a type of bird whose migration pattern can predict when hurricanes will hit months in […]
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Dave Snowden
I’ve got into the habit of tweeting a summit picture from each Wainwright summit as a part of my challenge to complete all 214 in less than 40 days. For those interested, I’ve summarised the current status at the foot of this post.  I have a clear end date - my 68th birthday on the […]
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Dave Snowden
If you go back in time then two books could be considered to have laid the foundation for what I have termed the ‘systems thinking’ era which runs from the 1990s and is now (hopefully) starting to run out of steam while leaving much of value.  They are Hammer & Champy’s 1993 Reengineering the Corporation: A Manifesto […]
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Dave Snowden
So on this day, 15 years ago I wrote my first ever blog post.  I was just settling into staff accommodation at Nanyang University (The banner picture I grabbed from Google Street View but I can’t remember exactly which one) for a three-month sabbatical. In keeping with an overall theme over that period my second […]
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Dave Snowden
In recent times I’ve been engaged in a series of interesting exchanges with Dr Mike Jackson OBE, hereinafter referred to as Mike.  I have a visiting chair at Hull University where he is Emeritus Professor and as well as a fair number of mutual friends including Yasmin Merali and Gerald Midgley.   I have been provisionally […]
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