The Garrulous Jay – Tripadviser Syndrome

The Garrulous Jay – Tripadviser Syndrome

“Thank you for your review, even though it wasn’t very constructive and very badly written. Maybe you should consider spending your evenings at an adult education centre rather than at a pub.” Tripadviser review response from the Manager, The Earle Arms, Heydon I...
The Garrulous Jay – Pasta, Paper, Petrol

The Garrulous Jay – Pasta, Paper, Petrol

The recent panic buying of petrol across the UK brings back memories of early 2020. Back then supermarket shelves we’re emptied of pasta and concern mounted about a national bottom-wiping crisis as toilet paper all but disappeared from the shops. There are lessons...
The Garrulous Jay – What Does DEV Stand For?

The Garrulous Jay – What Does DEV Stand For?

Hello, me again! Not for the first time George has taken off and left me holding the fort, keeping everyone in line and writing this week’s Garrulous Jay. It’s a dog’s life! At this time of year the world changes for us dogs as we gradually start to get a new...
The Garrulous Jay – Cheeky Monkeys

The Garrulous Jay – Cheeky Monkeys

If you’re reading this in an email you’re using a service provided by Mailchimp, the email marketing company that was last week sold by its two co-founders for $12bn. It would be easy for an outsider to think this was just another Silicon Valley success story, but...
The Garrulous Jay – Optimism

The Garrulous Jay – Optimism

Last Saturday evening two women with an combined age of 37 contested the US Women’s Open Tennis Final. Prior to the tournament they had an aggregate world ranking of 223. By the time the trophies had been presented this had fallen to 51. But there was more to this...
The Garrulous Jay – Who Cares?

The Garrulous Jay – Who Cares?

The government’s much-vaunted plan for health and social care reform announced this week raises as many questions as it provides answers. As is so often the case the devil lies in the detail. The proposals put forward in the plan may prove to be inadequate and could...