If you’re anything like us, your life will have been entirely abducted by the fabulous London Olympics. I know not everyone views them through the same rose-tinted spectacles as us, but I’ve not heard a single compelling reason not to get carried away with the games. And as if GB’s medal tally alone wasn’t excuse enough to run the union flag up the pole, to know that so many of them have been won by Yorkshire athletes has just about sent us over the edge. We’ve been profoundly swept away in this tidal wave of national pride and celebration – of what it would be like to be British if we weren’t so uptight, cynical and self-opposing. Read the full article
Perhaps we should ask G4S who are probably wondering whether they’ll pay the ultimate price for getting things so wrong on the Olympic security contract. Depending on which report you read, they’re gonna be in for between £30 and £50 million by the time they’ve covered their costs and compensated the government who will now have to draft in the military to keep the games safe. But it doesn’t end there, G4S stock has plummeted since Friday and their brand (possibly even brand GB) has also taken a severe battering. With such challenges to overcome, it might be time for them to dust off operation “Prisoners on the loose” which saw them change their name from Group4 after they rose to notoriety in the mid 90′s after a series of security blunders, some of which resulted in prisoners escaping whilst in their custody. How easily they appear to have shaken off a reputation for incompetence and win yet another high profile contract to balls up! Read the full article
Well, first week back after a fortnight travelling around Italy and Sicily, so I arrived on Monday morning with what was left of my tan after the onslaught of the British weather, and a spring in my step. Can’t believe Lisa and Jon let me have two whole weeks off, and despite obviously being really busy, they’d managed to keep everything on track, which means one of two things, they’re either pretty darn efficient, or I’m pretty darn superfluous! Read the full article
It’s a tale of work, more work and oh a bit more work this week at Chatter. Those of you who know Lisa (and what it’s like to work with her) will appreciate how hyperactive she gets when there’s tonnes of stuff to get through. She’s been bouncing around the place like a kid holding an empty bottle of Sunny D all week. The Flock are being put through their paces too and keep coming up trumps, so all in all there’s been a real buzz about the place. Read the full article
Can’t believe it’s the middle of February already, that’s just crazy. It’s either down to the supermarkets stocking their Easter promotions on New Year’s Day, or being so ruddy busy that’s to blame for the year spinning by so quickly.
This week’s been a good one, it started as per usual with the weekly kick off meeting, a chance to chat through the various projects, proposals and opportunities we’ve got on the cards over the coming week, and mop up on anything we didn’t get around to the week before. Monday was also the day we’d pencilled in to say “Bon Voyage” to one of our old colleagues Ellen Scales – she left Blighty on Thursday bound for a new life Down Under. Over lunch there was frivolous talk of establishing a Chatter Sydney office, but the others went cold on the concept when I described what a typical day at work might include were I to set things up, not sure what their problem was, I reckon if there’s so much beach and sunshine to be had, it’s a shame to miss it by sitting in an office all day! Read the full article