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Team-building and Bread-making

What do you think of when you hear the phrase ‘team-building’? At previous companies, I’ve been whitewater rafting and punting among other things, but it doesn’t have to be strenuous. The aim is [...]

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How the Deal Card became a reality

Tomorrow is ‘The Big Reveal’ when the project team launches the Deal Card to invited businesses, journalists and other stakeholders. We’re showing the new website, a promotional film, the new [...]

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My Digital in Kent Top 5 Take-Aways

[This is an archive post written about DigiKent3 in March 2014] I travelled up to East Malling last Wednesday to attend the 3rd Digital in Kent Conference. The venue was lovely at The Orchards, [...]

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Why FAQ are efficient and drive engagement

FAQ save huge amounts of time in fielding repeat questions; provide great content for repurposing over prolonged periods; and try to prevent rumours and misunderstandings. They can also give a [...]

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Are digital clusters the answer?

It’s all about clustering. That was the distinct message I took away from the excellent East London meets East Kent / Emerging meets Established event. On 12th February I hopped on the 6:30 train [...]

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3Deal’s design evolution Part 2

[Please note that this is an archived blog post and its content is no longer current] You’ll know from previous blogs how we’ve been speedily developing our branding during December and January. [...]

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First DCR Show

[Archive 2014] In January 2014, I created a 60-minute radio show for internet station Deal Community Radio. It involved a lot of unpaid work: about 14 hours of scripting, interviewing, editing [...]

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Interviewing a clairvoyant and a medium together

Saturday 18th January 2014. They are billed as renowned clairvoyant medium Roy Roberts and international stage hypnotist Chris Gillies. I was asked to produce a radio interview ahead of their [...]

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Animated Explainer Videos

[2013 Archive] The conundrum For a while in 2013 we had a conundrum: namely, how do we explain all our services in a nice simple engaging way? Although I’m not shy in front of a camera, at [...]

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So how was the 2013 Business Show?

Eyewitness is an occasional series of blogs that concentrates on some direct experiences we have during our work. I believe in constantly tuning in to the latest developments and trends. Much is [...]

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3Deal’s design evolution Part 1

[Please note this is an archived blog post and the content is no longer current] As part of our constant quest to improve in all respects (yes, companies should have continuous professional [...]

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Two incidents near Zaqaziq

I’m reproducing 2 reports about incidents last week on the single line between Zaqaziq and Mit Ghamr in the eastern Delta, and make some comments afterwards. The second is potentially more [...]

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A useful book: Dying to Know

[2013 Archive] I completed a sensitive and useful book for Oonagh Bastille of Haven Asset Management. This is entitled ‘Dying to Know’ and is by Oonagh Bastille, herself an Independent Financial [...]

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Is ENR a hostage of the Morsi trial?

Egypt’s skeleton train service continues amid tight security. There is little news, and I haven’t been able to find any photographs from the past week. The country seems to be holding [...]

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Rail theft thwarted near Minuf

The spate of rail thefts continues, prompted by desperation among certain sections of society and easy access to the source, if a railway track runs through your village or district. This recalls [...]

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Sad fate of the Sinai line

In response to a question from a reader about the Suez Canal bridge, I unearthed 2 recent reports here and here from el-Masry el-Youm, both dated 24th October 2013 and by Izzat Maghazi. They [...]

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Still no Cairo-Upper Egypt trains

Rumours are still flying about when and how many trains will appear on Egypt’s network, especially services south of Cairo. Although some Lower Egypt services were reinstated from Cairo [...]

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Trains return to Cairo after 68 days

Normality started to return to Egypt’s railway system earlier today as the first trains in 68 days left Cairo Central station. 14th August was the day when two Muslim Brotherhood protest [...]

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Cairo Central Re-Opens

This is an atmospheric report from almasry alyoum detailing the situation at Cairo Central early this morning, as the first train in 68 days prepared to depart, and then on board Train 903 to [...]

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Books aren’t just content delivery systems

There will always be books, and there will always be a desire for books. Beyond those statements there is a great deal that will change of course: that’s inevitable with technological [...]

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2nd Digital in Kent Conference

I’ve been meaning to write about this sooner but the challenges of the new company mean I haven’t had much time since. Here are 4 elements that have stuck with me after nearly a fortnight: A [...]

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Short Crime & Security Round-up

Sunday’s public holiday to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Egypt’s war with Israel (6th October) saw some security incidents and casualties including fatalities, but the [...]

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The ‘pitiful state’ of Damietta station

[Egypt 2013 Archive] Sometimes you read a report that draws you in but when you finish it you have more questions than answers. To be honest, that happens quite a lot with press reports about [...]

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History nearly repeats itself near Suez

Perhaps officials are right to be extremely cautious about permitting train services to resume. The last thing they want is for anyone to be killed in a train wreck caused by [...]

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45 Egyptian train crashes in 20 years 1993-2013

Despite the irony of there currently being almost no trains in Egypt [written 1/Sep/2013], one writer (Shima Hafni) ran a piece this week excoriating the safety record of Egyptian Railways over [...]

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Accident at Shabshir el-Hissa

After posting a list of train accidents earlier in this set, I was rather disturbed to see the pattern continuing. Here’s yet another level crossing collision from last Wednesday night, [...]

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Why has Egypt’s government shut down the rail network?

The gruelling and expensive network shut-down continues, by order of the Interior Ministry. In a few days the shut-down will have lasted an entire fortnight and on Wednesday will enter its 3rd [...]