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Optimism bias

Optimism bias

So that's it. Another season finished. Agonisingly, we didn't make it into the play-offs, purely on the basis of goal difference. No-one can complain at the effort the team put in, but you can’t help thinking about what might have been.  The football supporter's life is full of such moments. We start each season full [...]

Last Refuge

Last Refuge

The Union Jack has been in the news a lot recently, and not for vexillological reasons. Fun with Flags, you might say, but there’s something serious going on here. National symbols, love of country and loyalty to it - these aren’t trivial issues. They pertain to the very fabric of our or any other nation.  [...]

You, your organisation and the Second Law of Thermodynamics

You, your organisation and the Second Law of Thermodynamics

There - an object lesson in how to grip an audience with a title.  But bear with me. Behind the wordy headline there might be a few nuggets worth reading, not least because I’ve done extensive background research (15 minutes online, which I understand is sufficient these days to support a firmly-held opinion). From this [...]

Allied Forces

Allied Forces

Football is, of course, the beautiful game. I’ve been entranced by it since my youngest days. It provides a common, almost universal language. And whether you like the game or not, it runs through our national culture like letters through a stick of rock.  My team is Charlton Athletic. I started supporting Charlton not long [...]