Art · Mind The Gap!

The Five Legged Beasts Of Nineveh.

and as guardians were shown as godlike figures having human heads with bull’s bodies or that of a lion – and the wings of an eagle.
The Limassu stands well over six metres high, and must weigh several tons. They also have five legs… which is what this post is all about. Why the Assyrians depicted them with five legs.

A very long time ago, I visited the British Museum in London. In their great hall where they display their collection of monumental sculptures there stood two enormous creatures. They stand well over six metres high, that is nearly twenty feet and must weigh several tons. I knew they stood as guardians to the entrances to palaces in ancient Assyria, and as guardians were shown as godlike figures having human heads with bull’s bodies or that of a lion – and the wings of an eagle. Continue reading “The Five Legged Beasts Of Nineveh.”

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Creativity · Hitting The Wall

Guest Post from Alex, blogging at MQ.

MQ is a new charity – yes, another one – that looks into mental health. I can’t quite make out why it’s MQ, but that’s modern marketing for you and they don’t have a contact page so I can’t ask them.

What is interesting in the post I have linked to is the one thing Alex doesn’t speak of. She suffered from Schiz – schizophrenia – and all she talks about are the voices, the circumstances, her friends and how she couldn’t cope. She didn’t mention brain chemistry once…

This is her tale: “I became completely disconnected from the person I had been before.

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Economics · Modern Times

What Is A Bank?

Hugely expensive buildings that lie in the most expensive parts of town. inside the massive and opulent atrium on the ground floor, the richness of the fittings will dazzle.
HSBC headquarters in Hong Kong.

Today, they are symbolized by the skyscraper. A polished and very expensive skyscraper at that. If you are allowed inside the massive and opulent atrium on the ground floor, the richness of the fittings will dazzle. The bank appears to be an august and important institution in a country’s economy; enormous institutions that are fantastically wealthy. Hugely expensive buildings that lie in the most expensive parts of town.

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Creativity · The Secret Of Systems

Confessions Of A Lapsed Adwords Jockey.

I admit it, I was a marketer. A few years back, I met a young man on a train and out of politeness asked him what he did for a living. What surprised me about this smart young man’s response was that he cowered back into his seat in shame! The effect I had on him could not have been more forceful had I threatened him with a large club with nasty looking spikes poking out of it.

It took thirty seconds for the penny to drop. Pennies don’t take long to drop when you understand what drives fear.

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Economics · The Secret Of Systems

Google’s Panda Algorithm. (Technical)

The Secret Of Systems, Part 5.

P 609i - google-pandaI spent a few years working as an internet marketer, which means if you understand the internet, you’ll already know about Panda. It was the morning following that a friend of mine had written me an email to say that he had lost his business. Everything he had done to help people was now impossible. It wasn’t as if he’d been defrauding people like Jan did. But from one day to the next, his thriving business had evaporated.

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