Tag Archives: Coffee

The battle for the soul of San Francisco

It’s a cold wind that blows in from Alaska, cutting through my light jumper and chilling me in a way entirely out of line with my expectations of California. The sun still shone bright enough to burn my nose after … Continue reading

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The New Work

When we sat exams at school, there was a little ritual at the start where everyone unpacked their pencil case: ink cartridges, sharpeners and a collection of mascots, in my case, a plastic dinosaur i think. My first office job … Continue reading

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The sum of the parts: ensuring the coherence of the narrative in learning

There’s an odd dichotomy in learning: we experience both the whole and the parts. Each element of the learning, be it a discussion, a video, animation or text, illustration or podcast, each of these things we take in isolation: it … Continue reading

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Words About Learning: Sincerity

Picked up my coffee at Starbucks today. They’ve changed the system, asking me for my name the, when the drink arrives, it’s written on my cup with a big smiley face drawn next to it. Strange, it makes me smile … Continue reading

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Learning the rules: how we learn about coffee and conformity.

At the table next to me, there is a young mother sat drinking her coffee. Her daughter, probably about three years old, is sat with her colouring book and her ‘babychino‘. The babychino is something of a new phenomenon to … Continue reading

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Coffee and the Social Muffin. Reflections on the year.

Today it’s one of those occasional reflective and introspective posts, because it’s the 250th blog entry and the last one for the year as i shall be working on The Book over Christmas. At the start of the blog, in … Continue reading

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Coffee shops and cream teas. Why ‘knowing your audience’ is essential in learning.

Yesterday i went for a cream tea in a small Dorset village. The building was in a tiny village, next to a stream and the church, and decorated in a very firmly ‘elderly lady’ style. From the doilies on the … Continue reading

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