Lifelong Learning UK conference 2009

February 28, 2009








Lifelong Learning UK has announced its 2009 conference. Entitled The Power of Lifelong Learning: Innovation During a Recession, the event will explore the idea that now more than ever, learners and workers across the UK need to re-skill to stay ahead.


The conference will take place on Tuesday 8 December. 

Further details avaiable via:


Webinar: “What’s New in MindManager 8”

February 7, 2009


Saving time, conquering information overload and becoming more effective is on everyone’s mind these days. Studies conducted internally by Fortune 500 companies show that workers who use MindManager found better clarity of thought, made faster, yet more informed, decisions, and realised an overall increase in time spent on strategic initiatives when incorporating MindManager into their daily routines.  

Here’s another opportunity to attend a Webinar and learn about the innovative new features that make MindManager 8 a “game changer”:

  • Mindjet Player Integrated Web Services
  • Mindjet Connect Automated Task Management
  • Integrated Microsoft Office File Editing
  • Embedded Web Browser
  • Database Linker




What’s New in MindManager 8


Tuesday, 10th February 2009


10:00 AM GMT / 11:00 AM CET


Janina Miller

To Register, click on the Mindjet logo:-


New e-mail law ‘is an attack on civil liberties’

February 4, 2009

by Murad Ahmed, Technology Reporter, and Richard Ford, Home Correspondent – Times Online


“Upcoming rules that force internet companies to hold details of every e-mail sent in Britain are a waste of money and an attack on privacy, according to a prominent security expert.

From March, all internet service providers (ISPs) will have to keep data about e-mails sent and received in the UK for a year. The content of individual e-mails will not be kept by the authorities, but the timing and number of each communication will be stored.

At the moment, a similar database of telephone records – fixed and mobile – is held by telephone companies. The implementation of an EU directive, agreed after the alleged plot in August 2006 to set off bombs aboard transatlantic airlines, will extend the information available to the Government to include e-mail and internet traffic.

The Government will reportedly have to pay the ISPs more than £25 million to ensure the law is obeyed. ”

Full story: Times Online

Hertfordshire in the snow

February 2, 2009

Apparently this is the heaviest snow fall for 18 years so I went for a walk to make the most of the beautiful views…


Widford Church


Behind the garden, across the farmer’s fields

Woods near Widford

The woods behind our house

River Ash

Idea Mapping in Mind Manager – Webinar

January 19, 2009

22 January 2009

Jamie Nast

Jamie Nast


Register for the upcoming 1-hour event with Mind hosts Lisa Fait and Michael Deutch. Join NastGroup founder and Idea Mapping author, Jamie Nast, in this webinar as they explore how idea mapping in MindManager can help you and your colleagues increase productivity every day.


A Special Kind of Courage

September 17, 2008

 By: Brian Tracy 

“There are several different aspects of courage. Perhaps the most important is the courage to endure, to persist, to “hang in there” in the face of doubt, uncertainty and criticism from others. 

Practice Patience in Adversity
This is called “courageous patience,” the willingness and the ability to “stay the course” in the face of uncertainty, doubt and often criticism from many quarters. 

Stay the Course
In my experience, there is a critical time period between the launching of a new venture and the results that come from that venture. During this hiatus, this waiting period, many people lose their nerve. They cannot stand the suspense of not knowing, of possible failure. They break and run in battle, they quake and quit in business. 

The True Leader
But the true leader is the person who can stand firm, who refuses to consider the possibility of failure. The turning points of many key moments in human history have been the resolution, or lack thereof, of one person. Courageous patience is the acid test of leadership.To encourage others, to instill confidence in them, to help them to perform at their best requires first of all that you lead by example.”



Further ideas from Brian Tracy via his website

Chuck Frey’s Research & Reports

September 1, 2008

Chuck Frey (author of The Mind Mapping Software Blog) has created a valuable resource containing various Research & Reports which I highly recommend you visit.  It contains surveys, reports and eBooks available for download.


Web-based mind mapping applications

Benefits of mind mapping software

Applications of mind mapping software


A comparison of the major web-based software applications

8 Ways to Improve Your Mind Maps

10 Mistakes to Avoid with Mind Mapping Software


Power Tips & Strategies for Mind Mapping Software

The Mind Mapping Manifesto


I reviewed “Power Tips & Strategies for Mind Mapping Software” in October 2007.