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Movie Catch-up: Jack Reacher (2012)

In an efficient, and in places, stylish, action thriller, the physically massive protagonist of Lee Child’s novels is replaced by the diminutive and svelt Tom Cruise. Between Knight and Day and various Missions Improbable, Cruise manages to bland-down the titular hero to a point somewhere between Minority Report and TV’s The Equaliser.

How-to: Breeze Skype Interviews

Article originally appeared on social media,  Philippa Hammond ‏@TalkingSpeaking, June 2015 Skype interviews – top tips coming up… Skype interviews with video: they can see you… dress for business, remove everything from the background. keep your hands still and resist the urge to fidget. Sudden rapid movements distract attention from your message.

How-to: Ten tips for effective communications

Article originally appeared in social media, Philippa Hammond, ‏@TalkingSpeaking, June 2015 Communications strengthen relationships and productivity are in the top three employability skills. Ten tips for effective communications coming up: Tone of voice = the personality of the organisation or writer should come through House style = the organisation’s dress code Grammar = final touches, … Continue reading

Humour: Stop smiling

“Stop smiling – the PC’s not even plugged in” From: The Register, Microsoft U-turns on ‘free’ Windows 10 upgrade promise for ALL previewers

News August 2015

• Behold Dismaland: Inside Banksy’s Disneyland-inspired theme park (Mashable) • Amazon joins in on killing Flash, stops accepting Flash ads ( • You can now shoot crappy video (on purpose) with the new VHS Camcorder app • Lawyer demands trial by combat in New York court case ( • An ‘artificial leaf’ could one day … Continue reading

Opinion: Top Ten Commuter Crimes

Oh yes, I’ve got a little list. The Brighton – Wimbledon morning commute has thrown up ten classic hates that I think we can all relate to. In no particular order: Lunatic luggage wielders – enormous indiscriminately violent backpack bludgeoners and pilots of gigantic suitcases the size of a wardrobe … Get off! Spend two … Continue reading

Review: Cinderella (2015)

Shakespeare and opera actor/director Ken Branagh continues his mainstream success (Thor, Jack Ryan) with this lavish live-action spectacular lifted from the Disney and Charles Perrault fairytales. It’s an entirely conventional re-telling of an orphaned girl and her chance meeting with a mystery prince named Kit in a fairy-tale Ruritanian kingdom; of vast fairy-tale palaces and … Continue reading

How-to: Engage or Enrage? Powerpoints to Remember

Originally posted Sep 18, 2014 via LinkedIn Pulse – Engage or Enrage? Powerpoints to Remember. “Power-Point is only a glorified slide-show; the point of power in the room should be the speaker.” Thomas Everchild Powerpoint for presentations, briefings, speeches, pitches … friend or foe? The pros and cons, and how to get the best out … Continue reading

How-to: Team Building the Inclusive Way

Team Building used to consist of everyone piling into a room, death by PowerPoint from our Glorious Leaders and thinly veiled threats of what would happen if we didn’t shut up, get on with it and meet the expected Mission Impossible revenue/savings/productivity/overtime targets. These days we have to be more inclusive. How do you balance … Continue reading

Review: Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

Sam Taylor-Johnson steers this knowingly hilarious, better than expected Mills and Bondage, adapted from the terrible E L James “best-seller” – somebody still needs to explain that to me – down a surprising feminist path. Two surprises; it’s not the anticipated exploitation movie, being rather coy about the S&M; and it’s not flat-out terrible; plus … Continue reading

Review: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (BBC1, 2015)

The BBC brings more wigs and breeches to the Poldark slot; but hold fast, this is no high romantic drama, but the adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, a weirdly pedestrian and parochial tale of bumbling apologetic sorcerors. Imagine BBC’s Ghormenghast without the colour, or Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow without… pretty much everything; it’s … Continue reading

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