Speaking at the WUC in Graz

Made my debut as a conference speaker at the World Usability Congress. What a brilliant week.

Gave a 45-minute presentation on the importance of location in creating memorable experiences. It seemed to go down very well, especially when I whipped out the bottle of whisky at the end and promised a wee dram to anyone who was interested (plenty were!).

Ran into a lot of great people, learned a lot, and really enjoyed the atmosphere at what is an engaging and very human event.


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Reporter at the EURO 2020

Spent just over three weeks in Amsterdam as the UEFA.com reporter for the Dutch national team during UEFA Euro 2020.

Find out more about the matches I covered, players I interviewed and earth-shattering reportages I did here.


Filming in Curaçao

I’m heavily involved with Amaseu’s Erik-Jan de Rooij on yet another hugely enjoyable project: converting the content of the Seven Elixirs for a Great Life book (which I helped him write) into a format suitable for an online course.

We had been doing a lot of brainstorming, scripting and trial filming, and in March we filmed the content for real in Curaçao. Seriously hard work, with every day a real adventure to find a decent location, but we made it in the end.

Scottish word of the moment

Pockle: to swindle or deceive. She pockled the books, or that brother of yours is always on the pockle. A far superior word to any of its conventional equivalents, I’m sure you’ll agree. Actually there was a guy in my primary class whose nickname was Pockle. Wonder how life turned out for him…

Among other things

I do a lot more than just writing. For example, I help present workshops aimed at bringing innovation ideas from within the research community to life.

Word Crimes

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