The business does care

CNN reports that Agile software development is “transforming the world of business”.
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Sledging for your country

I think that most people world-wide have heard of the Australian penchant for sledging. Most people don’t understand that most sledging is witty banter between two opponents, and it’s not just a stream of expletives. The goal of sledging is to engage the opponent into conversation, unsettle them and put them off their game.
I don’t imagine it’s uniquely Australian, as you see many of the US basketball teams indulging in “trash talk”, so it’s clearly something that most (all) English speaking countries participate in.
I know many people don’t like sledging for whatever reason, and that is of course their position to take, but sledging in it’s true sense is an art-form requiring some degree of verbal dexterity, and not just a verbal barrage.
So, putting aside the various likes or dislikes of the practise, I was very amused to hear that in 2004 a group of Australians serving in the Persian Gulf were put in a precarious situation that according to the BBC .. that Iranian naval forces tried to capture the boarding team, but were repelled in the face of machine guns and “highly colourful language”.
I had to chuckle at that, thinking of otherwise hardy soldiers being turned back from a verbal onslaught. Maybe we should be getting Pidgeon and Warney to lead troops into the conflict areas with more sensitive opponents who can be dissuaded by a harsh word or two.
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Forsooth Watson, the game’s afoot !

Well, at least George is. He’s decided the crawling is for babies, and now takes off at a full sprint once upright. It’s like a little human billiard ball, bouncing from wall to wall down the hallway, stopping a couple of times to close a door – with a cute little “chut” (shut) each time he closes one.
Our little man is growing up. So much personality in such a short period of time. I wish he had a little less personality at 5:30am, but that’s something you get used to over time.
He’s got a great vocab, he says “more” for food, “ta-ta da-da”, “ma-ma”, “mum”, “up”, “pop” (bubbles), “gone” (and looks at his hand. Imagine the “empty hands” gesture you do with ‘all gone’). Does a “bop” when he sits down hard, an “uh-oh” when he drops something.
I can’t get the image out of my head of his little legs waddling down the hallway, waving his arms in the air for balance. It’s just so gorgeous.