Category Archives: poetry

I wanna tell you a story


Every picture tells a story, this blog is about storytelling. Some people don’t like stories, they think they’re tricky – like the photo. But good stories surprise you because they make you see things in a different way, they help … Continue reading

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The trusted word


This is the model for what we are doing with Pension PlayPen, an attempt to harness the energy and credibility of a linked in group, the probity of an actuarial practice and the needs of advisers, employers and regulators to see through a great endeavour, the wholesale adoption of funded workplace pensions into our business culture.
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The Vision of the Plowman


The “Vision of the Pension Plowman” is a bastardisation of the title of a 14th century english Poet (William Langland’s) great poem, “the Vision of Piers Plowman”. In this great book, the Plowman falls asleep by a stream and dreams … Continue reading

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Hamlet and Piglet in conversation


The Oldie have asked for a 16 line poem that captures a conversation between Hamlet and Piglet Continue reading

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Has Webb scotch’d the commission snake – or killed it?


All the advisers needed to do was to make promises. They did not have to keep them. Continue reading

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Get up! Stand up! For your pension rights!


Governance on these schemes cannot be imposed by Government, it needs to happen organically – bottom up. Continue reading

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Starting a company


Thanks to twitter and in particular Rory Cellan-Jones, the BBC’s ace technology commentator for finding this piece . Rory talks of the “constant, daily upheaval of emotions” of anyone who starts a company Millions of people start companies and few … Continue reading

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Interesting….spin is self-defeating


every time we say one thing and mean another, we are creating distrust in the person who we are talking or writing to Continue reading

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Spurgeoning


This morning the river spurgeoned under Windsor bridge. “Spurgeoning is” a word created by Anthony Burgess to describe the motion of a fast flowing river as it eddies after passing a fixed impediment (such as Windsor or Stratford bridge). Watching the … Continue reading

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How the banks try to f*ck us – and how we deal with them


It’s Sunday morning and I am reading a poem written around 1936 by Ezra Pound. It is about Usury , in this context the bad practice of the Medici Bank which Pound claimed screwed up the great artistic achievements of medieval … Continue reading

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