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The QWERTY Keyboard

Just over 300 years ago, in 1714, Queen Anne of Great Britain granted a patent to Henry Mill.  Mill, who was an engineer, had come up with the idea of a machine that could write. The patent application suggests that the machine was a sort of early typewriter. But...

Colours and their effect on Consumers

Since the beginning of time, colour has influenced the human race. But the meaning of colour and its impact differs from country to country and from culture to culture. For example: Red in China is a colour for joyous and festive occasions, whereas in Japan it is used...

Keep Things Simple

  Occam's Razor (also spelled as Ockham's Razor or Ocham's Razor: Latin: novacula Occami). For something concerned with simplicity, it is quite complicated. There are two parts that are considered the basis of Occam's Razor, and they were originally written in...

Use it, or Lose it

Picture Credit: Creative Commons: http://inhomecaresolutions.com/inhomecore/brain-exercises-for-elderly-stay-sharp-as-you-age/ The term ‘use it, or lose it’ is a commonplace statement these days, particularly in senior circles. It can mean any number of things from...

What’s happening in the Law?

What’s happening in the law that’s different? Actually, quite a lot. Last month, here, the UK’s Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Legal Services Board (LSB) reported on their research into how law firms (and others providing legal services) are changing...

How to win

Before 1984, accountants and lawyers didn’t really need to worry too much about communications or marketing. There’s a simple reason why: they weren’t allowed to engage in any marketing as we know it today. Back in 1984, it was unethical to engage in any marketing....

Zero Hours’ Contract Interview

Introduction There has been much ado recently about zero hours’ contracts.  So much so that a zero hours’ contract bill is currently passing through parliament. The purpose of the bill is to limit the use of zero hours' contracts and it had its first reading on 2nd...

Lone Working – what should employers do?

Many employers are unaware of the obligations that apply when they have employees who work alone. I have to confess that I didn’t know too much about the subject so I did some research and am happy to share with you what I found. First though, here is my...


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