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Seven Tech predictions that were wildly off the mark…(!)

February 17th, 2016



By chloeg

“Computers in the future will weigh no more than 1.5 tons.” (Popular Mechanics, 1949.)

“I think there’s a world market for maybe five computers.” (Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.)”I have travelled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won’t last out the year.” (Editor in charge of business titles for publisher Prentice Hall, 1957.)

“But what is it good for?” (Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, talking about the microchip, 1968)

“There is no reason why anyone would want to have a computer in their home.” (Ken Olson,  president and founder of Digital Equipment Corp, 1977.)

“This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.” (Western Union memo, 1876.)

“So we went to Atari and said, ‘We’ve got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts and what do you think about funding us? Or we’ll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we’ll come work for you.’ They said ‘No’. Then we went to Hewlett-Packard; they said, ‘We don’t need you. You haven’t got through college yet’.” (Steve Jobs on attempts to drum up interest in his and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak’s personal computer.)

Humour: Mindfulness explained – part 1

January 15th, 2016


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With tongue firmly in cheek – and as a mindfulness practitioner – I’m delighted to share the Ladybird book of Mindfulness


Mindfulness is the skill of thinking you are doing something when you are doing nothing.


Sophie is concentrating on her breath. It smells of Frazzles.

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This delightful book is the latest in the series of Ladybird books which have been specially planned to help grown-ups with the world about them.

The large clear script, the careful choice of words, the frequent repetition and the thoughtful matching of text with pictures all enable grown-ups to think they have taught themselves to cope. The subject of the book will greatly appeal to grown-ups.

Highly recommended!




Humour: Bizarre insurance claims(!)

November 3rd, 2015


“Going to work at 7am this morning I drove out of my drive straight into a bus. The bus was 5 minutes early.”

“I started to turn and it was at this point I noticed a camel and an elephant tethered at the verge. This distraction caused me to lose concentration and hit a bollard.”

“The accident happened because I had one eye on the lorry in front, one eye on the pedestrian and the other on the car behind.”

“I had been shopping for plants all day and was on my way home. As I reached an intersection a hedge sprang up obscuring my vision and I did not see the other car.”

“I knew the dog was possessive about the car but I would not have asked her to drive it if I had thought there was any risk.”

“I started to slow down but the traffic was more stationary than I thought.”

“I pulled into a lay-by with smoke coming from under the hood. I realised the car was on fire so took my dog and smothered it with a blanket.”

Q: Could either driver have done anything to avoid the accident?

A: Travelled by bus?

The claimant had collided with a cow. The questions and answers on the claim form were:

Q: What warning was given by you?

A: Horn.

Q: What warning was given by the other party?

A: Moo.

“On approach to the traffic lights the car in front suddenly broke.”

“I was going at about 70 or 80 mph when my girlfriend on the pillion reached over and grabbed my testicles so I lost control.”

“I didn’t think the speed limit applied after midnight”

Q: Do you engage in motorcycling, hunting or any other pastimes of a hazardous nature?

A: “I Watch the Lottery Show and listen to Terry Wogan.”


Humour: If Only they’d Seen Things Differently…(!)

July 3rd, 2015


“Everything that can be invented has been invented.” (Charles H Duell, Commissioner, US Patent Office, 1899.)

“Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?” (HM Warner, Warner Bros, 1927.)

“We don’t like their sound and guitar music is on the way out.” (Decca Recording Company rejecting the Beatles, 1962.)

“You ain’t goin’ nowhere son. You ought to go back to drivin’ a truck.” (Nashville club owner, Jim Denny, firing Elvis Presley after his first performance.)

“So we went to Atari and said, ‘We’ve got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts and what do you think about funding us? Or we’ll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we’ll come work for you.’ They said ‘No’. Then we went to Hewlett-Packard; they said, ‘We don’t need you. You haven’t got through college yet’.” (Apple Computer co-founder Steve Jobs on how he tried to get Atari and HP interested in the personal computer he and Steve Wozniak had devised).


Humour: Taking a proper lunch break(!)

May 7th, 2015



Laughing Academy

May 7th, 2015



By Kate Hull Rodgers

Humour comes from the Latin umor: to be fluid and flexible.

Humour in the Workplace is a practical ethos that encourages enjoyment in employment. Humour will increase productivity, communication, teamwork, enthusiasm, staff retention and work life balance. It will decrease stress levels, mediation, training time, and recruitment costs. Quite simply,

people who have fun get more done.

With easy to implement workplace practises, humour is more than telling jokes or forced frivolity. It is the development of a GSOH – both on an individual and organisational level.

What is a GSOH?

Good sense of humour. Every would-like-to-meet advert mentions it, and increasingly, Humour is an attribute sought during the recruitment process. Someone with a GSOH is more likely to work well with a team and less likely to respond to stress in a negative way.

This coveted sense of humour is learned behaviour. Therefore it is a skill that can be cultivated and honed. Every individual has a sense of humour; what they find funny or enjoyable. This will have been influenced by family, community, and personal taste. Moreover every organisation has a sense of humour. This will have evolved from the collective humours of the individuals making up the organization and from external sources such as the media, culture and the nature of the business.

Developing a good sense of humour or a BETTER sense of humour is particularly important as the face of work is now in a constant state of change. Humour is FLUID AND FLEXIBLE. A culture that does not bend and roll with the punches will eventually break. Using Humour does not mean work isn’t taken seriously, it is just taken lightly.

Individuals and organizations with BETTER senses of humour display high levels of tolerance – to each other and to workplace challenges. Humour does not BRACE, it will EM-BRACE.

The Humour Habit

Once upon a time, a good sense of humour in a man meant he could tell a joke, and a good sense of humour in a woman meant she could take a joke. But with the sexual revolution and our increasingly diverse workplace, humour has had to live by its own definition and be fluid and flexible.

Joke telling, practical jokes and once-popular activities such as paint balling or go-karting are all SUBJECTIVE. They run a high risk of offending or creating negative competitiveness. Employment law, presently sides with the offended – if you think there has been a slight, then there has, whether the other person meant to offend or not. Even perceived offence is grounds for litigation.

Humour, therefore, with its subjective nature, is a minefield. But the rewards far outweigh the risks. Health and bottom line, personal and professional – we all just want to have fun, we all just want to have funds. Therefore the development of humour in the workplace has had to evolve. There are many rituals, ideas and skills, which can be implemented – individually, small teams, or throughout an organisation.

There are Three Steps to Humour:

Step One. DISCIPLINE – cognitive practise of the skills and rituals you choose to employ. Some daily, some weekly, some monthly, and some yearly. Developing a GOOD sense of humour.

Step Two. HABIT – A Humour response becomes the learned behaviour. Seeing the lighter side, finding the flexible solution, practising compassion and tolerance with workmates. Laughing easily, laughing louder, laughing longer. There is now a BETTER sense of humour.

Step Three. INSTINCT – We are born funny. Seeing funny and being funny. As we get older judgement plays a role and our taste becomes acquired. In effect limiting our humour to telling a joke or taking a joke. But in the beginning FUNNY JUST IS. This can be re-discovered. This is the BEST sense of humour.


Kate Hull Rodgers Kate Hull Rodgers is an authority on the strategic use of humour in the workplace. She has pioneered work in the fields of laughter therapy, stress management, communication and networking. She founded HumourUs in 2001 with her husband, Bill Rodgers, to ‘encourage enjoyment in employment’. Together their services have been sought in 29 countries on five continents.


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