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A stone roof…

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So, if a slate roof needs a pitch of 33 degrees, a stone roof must have one of 45 degrees or more. The irregularities of the surface increase friction and the risk of leaks into a home at lower angles.

Flat roofs in contrast need a smoothness, slight tilt and large drains to reduce the risk

So, why this interest in roof design…do email if you think you know. More from us next time?


A slate roof…

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In Manchester, according to the novelist Jeanette Winterson (in “Why be Happy when you can be normal” – a joyous, sad read ) slate roofs on two up two down terraces are built at 33 degrees – to get the optimum balance for steady draining and no external or internal water damage that happens if the gradient is too great and the water cascades down the roof in a torrent too fast for the gutters to handle.

Why the attention to roofs…read on…


What is a Roof for?

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Roofs are obviously to keep water out, but also to channel the draining water at a measurable pace.  Too fast and it might overflow the guttering causing damage. Too slow and it might seep in.

To be continued…..



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I managed to see a stunning programme on the writer Jeanette Winterson this week.

The documentary was jam packed with interesting quotes and ideas – sound bites don’t do them justice…

– ‘Our enthusiasm often tells us where we are lacking’

– She talked powerfully of her ‘dark night of the soul’ when she tried suicide in 2008

– She talked of her life purpose for women writers to get ‘their share’

– She argued how we need writing to help us ‘grapple with the size of our own feelings’

– She summarised the ‘big endings in life’ (and literature) of revenge, tragedy, forgiveness

– She talked of ‘over-estimation of the object’ and the projection we make onto things as a defence

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Do you walk with a limp?

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A phrase I heard recently In Australia…

“Never trust a leader who hasn’t walked with a limp”

Researching it, it seems to have a spiritual route. However, I heard something similar said of Tony Blair: a leader who had never encountered personal hard times (prior to Iraq possibly), unlike Gordon Brown and David Cameron in their family lives.


What have the Romans done?

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The Olympics are over (with the Paralympics to come – which I am very excited to be going to see in the main stadium).

There were great performances from many countries.  Even before ‘Always look on the bright side’ in the closing ceremony, we couldn’t help recalling the opening ceremony and how it triggered memories of The Monty Python sketch from Life of Brian.

What have the Brits ever done for us…

Whilst it ignored imperialism, the ceremony claimed:

The industrial revolution

The welfare state

The World wide web (much to the surprise of the Americans)

Confident humour

Leading music

As Gary Lineker summed it up: “Barmy, bonkers, British, Bold – Bravo Mr Boyle”

Keeping all this in mind for what might be a difficult next 12 months, could be useful – celebrating what is good as a platform for hard times ahead for many, after the summer and the forthcoming buzz of the Paralympics.

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What makes us different…and the difference that makes the difference

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Through the next few blogs we will explore a couple of things

1) How we differ: starting with a fundamental orientation – do we focus on the needs of others or ourselves (in a moment, a conversation or more long term) – and moving to a few tools (like MBTI)…got you curious?  Hope so….

2) And a framework with 3 simple categories, that we find makes a difference when working with colleagues and clients: structure, process and patterns of relating….a way of designing, improving, understanding.

More soon…


Philosophical pondering about (not in) Paris

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A few of us were recently looking at some buildings near the South Bank in London. One in particular reminded us of Paris and Haussmann’s amazing vision, translated into reality.

However, many of the poor suffered as their communities were demolished. This raises an interesting philosophical question as to whether that suffering of thousands many years ago was justified by the long-term enjoyment that the city’s architecture has brought to millions decade after decade.



Compassion in action

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Some will know we have a long standing interest in encouraging deeper compassion in health care.

This recent post of an interview with Robin Youngson is interesting and motivating.


What sort of boss?

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Are you (or do you have) an average or extraordinary boss? We like this blog – shared here in case you missed it when it was going quasi-viral.

This links to the Valve Handbook and this, the work of Gerard Fairtlough at .

Neat stuff.

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