Hi All, it's Saturday morning and a great time to catch up with a bit of admin and e-mails and so on. Last Saturday I was a little pre occupied, having had a systems crash on the MacBook Pro. As a close friend you recognise something is going wrong with your mate in the run up to the breakdown. Apps are slow to load, worse still they flicker and disappear, in and from, the Apps folder. Eventually, the system only partially loads, nothing happens and a trip to the Apple genius bar beckons.
"Yes there is something wrong," says the genius, "no, we don't know what it is" he asserts. The solution to reset the machine to year zero and wipe all existing apps, folders and documents from memory. It's a bit like suffering from amnesia and being offered a lobotomy. It hurts and requires substantial recovery.
Back home, thanks to Time Machine and Mobile me, the system is restored but it takes several hours. Only later in following days, like recalling lost pieces after a house theft, you remember files that had eluded a diligent back up.
That week had been busy with an early board meeting and a late night event on the Thursday as John Leach launched his High Growth Foundation. Friday I was invited to meet the Lords Speaker, Baroness Hayman as a guest of The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. Got a nice bright red House of Lords mouse mat as a souvenir of a very pleasant and charming encounter.
Last week, the highlight was our annual dinner at the Hilton Hotel for five hundred. John Culshaw was the guest speaker, I was the MC. Some great photos on Facebook of the event. He even did an impression of me, which the crowd seemed to find hilarious. Didn't quite recognise it myself. But there you are.
Hope all is well with everyone, things in Manchester are great with a Monday tour of the city planned by Manchester United. City made the rounds last week. One of my more cerebral blog posts, 80 points to win the cup and 40 points to stay up, offered an economists view of the Barclays premiership. "It confirms my worst views of economists" said Michael Taylor of Insider Magazine, a key journalist and Blackburn supporter. I think he liked it. JKA
Each week I like to send a short note to family and friends. This is the note for the 28th May.
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The views expressed are my own and in no way reflect pro.manchester policy. In no way should the comments be considered as investment advice or guidelines or reflect political bias. UK Economics news and analysis : no politics, no dogma, no polemics, just facts. JKA is a visiting professor at MMU Business School, an economist and specialist in Corporate Strategy, educated at LSE, London Business School with a PhD from Manchester Metropolitan University.