Allen Stanford, Convicted Ponzi Schemer, Seeks New Trial, Blames Twitter

22 03 2012

Via Scoop.itMudmap

turns out it is not only jurors using social media that could throw a trial – apparently the potential for a juror to have inadvertently SEEN a tweet about the trial (not even having actively looked at it – and not even proven to have seen anything) is grounds to try for a mistrial.  I say lock’em’up – the jurors that is!

Via www.huffingtonpost.com





Victory snatched from the jaws of defeat

18 03 2012

Via Scoop.itMudmap

While I am the first to enjoy a good PR / social media disaster – I also enjoy a victory snatched from the jaws of defeat. Follow this link to a few of the best recent PR saves. Crisis management at its best.

Via mudmap.wordpress.com





Victory snatched from the jaws of defeat

18 03 2012

While I am the first to enjoy a good PR / social media disaster – I also enjoy a victory snatched from the jaws of defeat. Follow this link to a few of the best recent PR saves.





Is stress the 21st century’s black death?

18 03 2012

The Japanese have a specific word for death from overwork: karoshi. Although useful for describing early death, this is not comforting to know that this syndrome is recognised enough to have its own word.

So here is a pretty interesting infographic. No surprises at some of the top most stressful jobs – but PR officer? On the other hand, my future career is as a philosopher, which features in the least stressful jobs. Of course I might be stressed about income in that job – does anyone pay for philosophers these days?

However two shockers for me:
1. Apparently relationship with boss, although a top reason for leaving a job, was not a major factor in stress levels (really? I beg to differ. See earlier postings about Psychopaths in the workplace)

2. women who felt they had some level of control in the workplace were MORE likely to die early. (The complete opposite of the Whitehall study findings from the 1960s – when the public service was 90% male. This study found that those who felt they had some level of control over their work / environment etc had better health outcomes than those who were lower down the food chain and largely powerless. We women cant seem to catch a break.)

I do however wonder how they measured stress other than early death. What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger and other platitudes.

The original link is here.


Interested in dysfunctional workplaces and stress? Have a look at
When organisations turn cannibal

Psychopaths in the workplace





Survivalist Tipping Point? | The Many Rants of Larry Russwurm

18 03 2012

Via Scoop.itMudmap

If alien v predator is your thing, you’re gonna love survivalist v prepper v rapturist v..v..v..zombies.

Via larryrusswurm.com





Saumer

18 03 2012

Chateau Saumer

Chateau Saumer was another accidental find. Built on the high ground in the town of Saumer overlooking the Loire Valley, the remnants of the original castle walls can be spotted in the town below. When we visited the castle was under renovations and hence large sections were off-limits, but it was interesting to see the walls undergoing a “before and after” process. As with many of these castles, the initial approach is up a staircase that was originally a drawbridge. Saumer is built on a square, and there is a spacious courtyard in the centre of the building. The large underground kitchens / dungeons were open for inspection.

What appears to be an Orangerie (a building into which fruit trees such as oranges were moved to protect them from frosts and snows in winter) has been transformed into a restaurant and gift shop.

More information on the castle and the town can be found here.

a fairy-tale castle

overlooking the town of Saumer and the River Loire, in the Loire Valley

overlooking the town of Saumer and the River Loire, in the Loire Valley

the church next to chateau Saumer

from under the drawbridge


Want more photos of France? Here are a few more….
Arrival in Paris
Caves of Lascaux
Notre Dame
French menus
Standing Stones of Carnac
Les Grottos en France
The Louvre
Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel)
Streets of Paris
Arc de Triomphe
The troglodytes of Maison Fort de Reignac
Fontainebleau – Versailles without the queues
An unknown Chateau
Chartres
La Seine
Theme Parks, French Style
Where Da Vinci lived
Pretty pictures en France





Richard Branson’s Advice for Entrepreneurs

18 03 2012

Via Scoop.itMudmap

Since Branson founded Virgin in 1970, the company has grown from a small record outlet to a global powerhouse. Can the brand continue its success without him?

Via www.youtube.com