Monthly Archives: May 2016

An Update – May 2016

So What has been happening recently? Workwise The new magazine is out now. I have started a new podcast channel that is in its infancy here. Both of these projects have been great fun to do and please do look out for more soon. I have also started to develop two new products, these should be ready by August. I currently have some room for new projects such as consultancy and business development. I also have room for a few new investments. Please use the form below to contact me if this is of any interest. I am looking forward to Project Retail 2018 taking more shape soon J Lastly I am looking for regional representatives, please click here for more information. Personally This little brute is getting worse as is the hearing loss and the osteoarthritis and this little lot has thrown up some other nasty health related stuff which I shall not speak more about on this post. Its been a busy but good few months and I also note that it is nearly 4 years since I started this blog in June 2012. In that time there have been nearly 36,000 unique visitors and I have made nearly 200 posts. What started as an exercise to get me to write better has both succeeded and become a bit of a hobby. I do enjoy writing here. You can see all 200 posts by clicking here. It has also been good fun. Thats its for now! Thank you all for reading 😀            

The P2 List magazine

The P2 List is a monthly magazine written by my business, The P2 Set. In June 2016 edition are over 200 business and property opportunities either on brokerage or advertised by the business on behalf of clients. The total value of these opportunities is just over €400 million. There are also some good quality features in this edition, including top tips for buyers of lifestyle businesses. I also discuss possible effects of “brexit” on the business brokerage in a very wide context.

To read this months edition, please click here

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Another day another IT Security breach

This morning I was at Georges Hospital in Tooting for one of my regular visits. Once again the doctor leaves the room and leaves his computer unlocked. I was able to grab this photograph and other information on my medical record. (I wont post that stuff here, neither will I post the picture of my penis as it will take you 6 months to scroll down to see the full length!)   IMG_0344   I last wrote about data protection breaches in September 2013 on this very blog. In 3 years nothing has changed at St Georges Hospital, doctors are still putting patients personal information at risk. This is a shocking state of affairs, just because staff cannot be bothered to lock their workstations before they leave a room. As someone who has worked hard on IT security related matters in the NHS in the past I find this a crying shame. If I had 2 more minutes I would have quite easily have had information on other patients as well that I could have posted here. I certainly would not have minded the personal phone number of the drop dead gorgeous blond lady in the short dress who was in reception at the same time! Note to St Georges Hospital. This is bloody unacceptable in this day and age. Next time I will name and shame your staff here.

We all lose things from time to time, but…

Somethings are fast becoming  beyond a joke.

Let’s face it we have all done it. We have all put our wallet or our keys down somewhere and have forgotten where have put them. Indeed I put a packet of cigarettes down earlier and haven’t been able to find them since! That was hours ago! I have had to nip to the shop  for a freashpacket.  Some people are always losing their mobile phones.

On the topic of losing things, Let us think about something bigger now. Something a little bit bigger than car keys or a phone. How about an actual car?! There was this chap who worked for my client back in the day which was a bank in the City of London. He went out on the beers one night after work and got so punch drunk, he called the police the following morning to report his car stolen when he couldn’t see it parked in his drive! He had actually left it parked at the local railway station and said car was safe and sound in the car park! The following Monday morning he had the absolute Mickey ripped out of him by every single one of his departmental colleagues and also by quite a few people that did not work in his department! What a muppet!

Ok. Now let us get even bigger! What about an aeroplane? It is s at this point where I must declare the reason I am writing this blog. I am actually very worried about Airbus, the aeroplane manufacturer. There are a growing number of instances where their aeroplanes just disappear. Ok, so a lot of this is recent. In some cases it’s probably terrorist related and in some cases definitely terrorist related. They seem to have lost 4 or 5 planes in the past few years. Losing, keys, a wallet, a mobile phone or a pack of fags is easy done but these things are a) massive – some might say too big to lose! Or b) worth over $250 million US!. Every time a plane goes missing it seems to be an Airbus plane.  How do you just lose such a valuable asset? The Queen just dosen’t lose throughbred racehorses (apparently they do lose a few races themselves, but that’s another story!). So yes my worry about Airbus is justified if these aeroplanes just keep falling from the sky, how long will it be before the business is devoid of clients and is unviable? The last recession showed us that no business is too big to fail. This is serious stuff, an aeroplane is too big to lose. I also feel sorry for those who have lost family members in these incidents.

Some readers will know  of my previous career and the stupid amounts of flying I did for 15 years. I spent more than a few hours on board Airbus aeroplanes in that time. Even if I am ever medically allowed to fly again. Please for gods sake in view of the recent record will some phone Boeing and get them to send a 737-800 over!

Popularity Huh?

I do like popularity. I like being popular. I think. May be I do not like popularity?I like lots and lots of traffic to my websites. However and this is a big however I do not like people stalking me. It does skew the figures somewhat and it is annoying having to go therough this traffic to get to the real traffic and analyse a proper visitor journey so I can ensure that the websites are getting quality traffic and conversions.. Yes ladies and gentlemen I am up to three stalkers. This latest stalker resides in an office block near Victoria Station in London and is on a BT Network. The often use a PC but then try and disguise their visits by using mobile phones both Android and Apple connected to WiFi on the same IP address. Plums. That is all have a lovely weekend.

The ones that got away

Following a blog the other day on which I blogged about a dutch classic car auction site and some of the interesting metal they had. I received a number of messages and had a number of chats with friends and colleagues about classic cars. Unfortunately the DVLA have removed my licence for a while on medical grounds and these would be the vehicles that are top of my wish list to drive or to own. In no particular order.

  1. Jaguar XJS 6.0 Convertible. There is something about these cars. I absolutely love them. Classic values for good ones are going through the roof. S-Jaguar-XJS-Convertible
  2. Toyota MR-2 Mk1. Always had a soft spot for these. I remember being picked up at Manchester Airport by a colleague who drove one and was amazed at how quickly we made it across northern country roads to a very important meeting. My flight was delayed and we were up against the wall on time. The MR2 definitely saved the day!mr2
  3. Ford Sierra Sapphire Cossworth. I remember these machines very well. Sharp handling and if you were too quick with a 2WD version this car could easily end up in the ditch 🙁 Find one that has been stolen is nearly impossible and finding a really nice one is very difficult. ford-sapphire-rs
  4. Mini Cooper. One of the last ones please 🙂 I did actually manage a drive in one of these. At the time I could not remember having so much fun sriving. It was the biggest hoot and left such a smile on my faceI really wish I could have bought one.minicooper
  5. Lotus Carlton. I can only dream about driving one of these especially in RHD form. What I wouldn’t want to dream about is how long it would take me to get done for speeding. One friend reckons I would lose my licence within one hour. If they give me licence back that is! Great car fantastic bit of kit. Rated better than a BMW M5 by some 🙂lotuscarlton
  6. Audi Quattro. What an icon after 30 years. I have heard so many special stories about these from people whi have been fortunate enough to own or drive one. A good drive across country in one of these would be a great few hours spent out of the house or office.

There are scores of other real world cars I could suggest such as the Nissan 200 sx, toyota celica BMW M3 E30, Mercedes 190E 2.3-16 but the ones above are my favourites of the era. I definitely missed the boat with these.  

So much classic metal in one place

Some readers of this blog will be only too well aware of my enduring love affair with classic 80’s and 90’s motor cars. I have been a member of some classic websites for some time, notably Pistonheads.On this site I am a massive fan of the Shed Of The Week feature, in which something off beam is found in the claasified for less than £1,000.

However I recently came across this auction site. Do have a look if you like this generation of motor car. Now I am not a great fan of auction sites, indeed I only use Ebay if I am desperate, however its been a while since I have seen so much classic metal in one place. Granted many of the vehicles are left hnd drive and there is a little dross and a few very over priced items as well. The only other downside is the trip to the mainland to pick the vehicle up and then having to drive it home.

My top picks from this particular page are the Jaguar XJS convertible, The Ford Sierra Sapphire Cosworth and the Lotus Elam M100. Proper 1980’s and early 1990’s classics 🙂

There are some clangers in there. Read the american stuff (I have never been a fan of american cars)  and 2 surprises from France. A Peugeot 505 V6 and a Renault 4 GTL.