Monthly Archives: October 2012

Movember Madness Ground Zero

So here it is, ground zero for Movember Madness, the 30 day moustache growing competition for all you blokes (and a handful of my Aunties) to raise money for that male hush-hush Cancer of the Prostate. Keeping your kit past 50 is not exactly a popular topic, certainly not something on the agenda at any council meetings…

So, a great time to get the topic right out there in the open, and do something you’ve been wanting to do for a long time: grow that moustache you used to have “in the day”… As with so many things you had “in the day”, like that bit of fold in your front pocket, good to re-visit it now that you have to be a respectable member of the community… At least some of the time anyway…

No matter where you are in the world, you can get to one of the Movember sites, so go to Google, type in Movember, and sign up. If you want to join a team to raise money, go to “the big dogs” and join me. I’ll be posting my progress once a week, more often would be just to scary. “In the day”, I used to have a big brown/blond bush, now it will probably be pathetic and gray, but you have to give it a go… Anyway, sign up and get growing…

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Moustache Movember

Are you ready for Mustache Movember???

This is the most incredible charity which once a year gives men (and a handful of courageous women) to grow out their moustaches for the month of November.  The focus is to raise money for the research and treatment of Prostate Cancer.  Find out all about them at http://uk.movember.com/?homeMy Mo Space is at http://mobro.co/davidallen1810 This has gotten bigger each year, and I hope that all you blokes who are 50 and over value your kit and preserving it…  So, go sign up yourselves and on Thursday morning, get growing…

Is your Councillor coming to work today???

Is your Councillor coming to work today???

Seems that some Councillors take for granted their positions, and display incredible contempt and total disrespect towards the voters and taxpayers of Surrey Heath when they don’t do the work of the work they were elected to do… Thankfully one of our leaders last week reminded us that when you are elected by the residents of Surrey Heath, you are required to:

1-go to every full council meeting or send your apologies
2-go to every committee meeting, if you can’t be there then either get a replacement or send your apologies
3-go to any and every external committee you are on or send your apologies
4-go to every “group” meeting or send your apologies

It is time for the voters to get a full report on the attendance record of those who they have elected to represent them. Write your councillor (both Borough and County), and tell them you want to know if they came to work today… Even more, tell them you’d like to know their attendance record since the election in May 2011…

Social Listening, because that’s where the money is…

Long ago in the Wild Wild West of my  homeland, one of my countrymen, Jesse James made a long career of robbing banks.  Like all bankers, he eventually got caught, and like all bankers professed his innocence until right before the end at the hangman’s noose.  Just before that fatal moment, they asked him: Jesse, why do you rob banks???  And without hesitation said, “because that’s where the money is”…

Well, it’s pretty much like that with Social Media, except that it’s all in the Social Listening.  You can tweet and post until the cows come home, but if you have nothing interesting to say then the only thing you will have to show for all that effort is the odoriferous material passing out of the back end of that cow…   Whilst unpleasant, it leaves your shoes in a right state.  Which is the case often in politics, but that is a subject for another day…

Most of my political colleagues think that being involved in Social Media means they have to engage in Tweeting and Face-booking, which is a definitely a part of it.  But they need to understand that the biggest part of being heard is having something to say.  And having something to say starts with being able to hear what is already being said.  Then it’s picking an area that you actually know something about and diving in.  I see hundreds of tweets and postings every day where the amount of odoriferous material trying to pass as content is really quite shocking.  The web is pretty harsh, if you don’t know what you’re talking about, you will get smoked out quickly…  So, if you are afraid to get started because you know in your heart that you really don’t’ have anything interesting to say, then follow your instincts and don’t…

That being said, you will need to get with “the programme” pretty quickly, because that’s where the money is.  Truth is you are an interesting person, and you do have something interesting to say, so get moving and dig into yourself and find out what it is and get cracking on it.