Wrong Gmail Profile Picture

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This is driving me nuts.

There is a person who keeps appearing in my gmail profile picture when I continually select “no picture” from the options.

If you have any idea where this picture comes from, as in why Google associates it with my account, I’d love to know as I do not want this numpty (no offence chap) as my profile picture.

This is offending url that pulls this chap into my profile:


But why oh why is he pulled into mine?

UPDATE: I re-set my gmail to UK English (it was on US) and this for the time seems to have resolved it. I will monitor it, though some friends have said they do in fact see my correct profile pic now.

RPL: A Bridge between Global Industries

Another interesting and positive project my clients are engaging in.

“The proposed project RPL: A Bridge between Global Industries, is a VET mobility program, jointly funded between the European Union (EU) Commission and the Aust Government (DEEWR) under the EU International Cooperation Instrument (ICI).

Qantm College is the lead organisation in Australia, with Pirkanmaa Education Consortium being the lead institution in Europe. Other partners also include SAE Institute and Hospitality Training Australia, ROC ASA (Netherlands) and CINO FAP (Italy). This proposed project will run from October 2008 – September 2011.

The purpose of this project is to apply the practices created in Bi-Certification for development of international curricula between EU and Australia. The goal is that the students of the consortia colleges in Europe perform their studies in Australian college according to the jointly created curricula. The chosen vocational areas are hotel and hospitality, graphic design, and multimedia, based on supply of courses in the EU/Australian consortia. As long-term results, students gain skills in preparation for a global working life in a multicultural working environment.

The project aims at mobilising a minimum of 30 students each from Australia and Europe during the 3-year period of the project. Its aims also include promotion of greater cooperation between international partners, leading to opportunities for developing Bi-certification curricula between Australian and European providers, as well as contribution to the overall convergence of the European Qualifications Framework. This will incorporate accreditation frameworks from other international territories, such as the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), through precedent.

The VET Export Office would like to acknowledge Qantm College’s efforts in providing this successful project and partnership. If your organisation has recently formed international partnerships and are willing to share this with our network, please contact Rachel Zhao at Rachel.Zhao@deta.qld.gov.au “

A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall

I’m not sure if it is possible to write lyrics any more penetrating than these:

Oh, where have you been, my blue-eyed son?
Oh, where have you been, my darling young one?
I’ve stumbled on the side of twelve misty mountains,
I’ve walked and I’ve crawled on six crooked highways,
I’ve stepped in the middle of seven sad forests,
I’ve been out in front of a dozen dead oceans,
I’ve been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard,
And it’s a hard, and it’s a hard, it’s a hard, and it’s a hard,
And it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

Oh, what did you see, my blue-eyed son?
Oh, what did you see, my darling young one?
I saw a newborn baby with wild wolves all around it
I saw a highway of diamonds with nobody on it,
I saw a black branch with blood that kept drippin’,
I saw a room full of men with their hammers a-bleedin’,
I saw a white ladder all covered with water,
I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken,
I saw guns and sharp swords in the hands of young children,
And it’s a hard, and it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard,
And it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

And what did you hear, my blue-eyed son?
And what did you hear, my darling young one?
I heard the sound of a thunder, it roared out a warnin’,
Heard the roar of a wave that could drown the whole world,
Heard one hundred drummers whose hands were a-blazin’,
Heard ten thousand whisperin’ and nobody listenin’,
Heard one person starve, I heard many people laughin’,
Heard the song of a poet who died in the gutter,
Heard the sound of a clown who cried in the alley,
And it’s a hard, and it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard,
And it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

Oh, who did you meet, my blue-eyed son?
Who did you meet, my darling young one?
I met a young child beside a dead pony,
I met a white man who walked a black dog,
I met a young woman whose body was burning,
I met a young girl, she gave me a rainbow,
I met one man who was wounded in love,
I met another man who was wounded with hatred,
And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard,
It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

Oh, what’ll you do now, my blue-eyed son?
And, what’ll you do now, my darling young one?
I’m a-goin’ back out ‘fore the rain starts a-fallin’,
I’ll walk to the depths of the deepest dark forest,
Where the people are many and their hands are all empty,
Where the pellets of poison are flooding their waters,
Where the home in the valley meets the damp dirty prison,
Where the executioner’s face is always well hidden,
Where hunger is ugly, where souls are forgotten,
Where black is the color, where none is the number,
And I’ll tell it and speak it and think it and breathe it,
And reflect it from the mountain so all souls can see it,
Then I’ll stand on the ocean until I start sinkin’,
But I’ll know my song well before I start singin’,
And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard,
It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

Bob Dylan


Here is my play list for today, which I’m pumping into my car.

You can listen to it yourself also.

  • White Riot – The Clash
  • Hit me With Your Rhythm Stick – Ian Dury and The Blockheads
  • Sir Mixalot – I Like Big Butts
  • MC Hammer – Can’t Touch This
  • Holiday – Green Day
  • Yesterday – The Beatles
  • One More ime – Daft Punk
  • Come Together – The Beatles
  • Love And Pride – King
  • Do Your Thing – Isaac Hayes
  • Uptight (Everything’s Alright) – Stevie Wonder
  • Feels So Good – Chuck Mangione
  • Across 110th Street (Demo Version Preveiously Unreleased) – Bobby Womack
  • Across_110th_Street – Bobby Womack
  • Summertime – Bobby Womack
  • How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – Jr. Walker & The All Stars
  • Slam – Pendulum
  • Jealous Guy – Donny Hathaway
  • Enter Sandman – Metallica
  • We Are Family – Sister Sledge
  • I Want You Back – The Jackson 5
  • The Wind Cries Mary – Jimi Hendrix
  • Plush – Stone Temple Pilots

I Don’t Miss Twitter

Sometimes I find myself taking long breaks from twitter which I must say I thoroughly enjoy. I’m one of those guys that avoids institutionalisation at all costs, any time a situation becomes repetitive I seem to find little interest in the culture.

I use the phrase institutionalisation purposefully because like many work-place cultures identical practices creep in, normalities develop and before long you can find yourself smack bang in the middle of complacency.

I don’t think I’ll be permanently out of the scene, I have too many great friends that love the world of twittington, though I’m sure I’ll continue taking extended breaks. I’ll also not be making any silly big statements of “hey that’s it I deleted my twitter account”, hmm although …

Anyway there we go that’s on my mind today.

Do you find you have feelings like this, do you get bored with spaces and cultures, what do you do to get the funk out?

Social Media in Business

Social Media in Business

I am targeting people age 21 and older in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol, Exeter, Exmouth, Reading, Reigate, Margate, Oxford, Maidenhead, Maidstone, Winchester, Hemel Hempstead, High Wycombe, Aylesbury, Nottingham, Colchester, Guildford, Slough, Staines, Swindon, Watford, Ashford, Basingstoke, Godalming, Andover, Newbury, Farnborough, Banbury, Milton Keynes, Luton, Wokingham, Fleet, Cambridge, Amersham, Sunbury, Crawley, Horsham, Chesham, Harpenden, Thatcham, Bicester, Witney, and Abingdon.

Well, that’s what Facebook told me anyway.

Social Media In Business

Social Media in Business the one day conference is just a mere three weeks away.

I’m really looking forward to this one on a few levels.

1. it is a conference which has a star-studded line-up of speakers who are at the coal-face of social media who will share their case-studies and gems of information.
2. it has attendees whom are new to social media who are having conversations along the lines of “we need to get into youtube” or “what’s happening in facebook”. i.e people not in the echo chamber. This is a very good thing!
3. the networking potential of this conference is significant where new relationships will be forged and additional ideas and strategies formed.
4. top tucker for lunch (it’s a very swanky hotel, what can I say)
5. I get to wear my best suit and polished shoes (no really I dig that)

So it seems many levels I’m interested in here.

Pop over and register your ticket and let’s meet up.

Social Media in Business Conference

UPDATE: This has been postponed to 2009

Robin Hill

Robin Hill


Robin Hill the musician playing his guitar

As I write this small post I have Robin Hill in my head.

The reason for this post is that I have been “tagged” in a post, as part of one of those chain-tagging concepts. I have been a part of these before, though from different people.

Anna, tagged me, possibly as she knew that a site with reasonably good page rank and traffic in a somewhat related niche will help her own rankings out, if she didn’t know that she does now, and so do you.

Anna states:

“3)Audio aka Chris Hambly, and Chris’s site here. Because Chris is a web developer and specializes in marketing, search optimisation etc. So should understand…”

So today Anna’s Robin Hill site is placed at position 6 in Google for: Robin Hill. If my strategy is correct that will change once Google re-indexes this page right here, along with my call to action from others (if they comply).

So I’m not going to stop there I am now also going to tag 6 people, that’s how it works. But to also make explicit the SEO slant (hey I work in this give me a break).

You see personally, as a tag tactic I find the small “social” traffic figures of random people coming along and reading a post to be insignificant to ranking in the top three of Google… which is why you’ll generally always find me getting my tool box out for that specific reason. Tagging is all well and good but I’m not that interested unless there is a search outcome.

So the following 6 people are tagged, but you are being asked to link to differing pages only with the keywords I am telling you to use below.

Why? – because I want to rank higher for these keywords plain and simple.

What must you do:

Create a link to my site using the keywords and links I specify.

  1. Jo positive psychology Jordan . Link as follows: “Online Education” (world domination)
  2. Hugh cartoons business MaCleod. Link as follows “Savile Row” (I buy suits there)
  3. Joanne business coach for technology Jacobs. Link as follows: “mo blog” (There I am)
  4. Steve microsoft security Lamb. Link as follows: “submit press releases
  5. (security ones too)

  6. Neville intersection of business Hobson. Link as: “Web Development Consultancy” (that’s what I do)
  7. Jedi Giovanni keyword phrase and link “Social Media Expert
  8. ” (arguable definitions)

    You will notice that I have tagged you with keyword phrases that you do not currently appear for (though that should change after my efforts here) – yes you can send me gifts if you like.

    Once you have linked to me you tag 6 others, of course in any way you wish..

Delegate Buffet Lunch Menu

This is the type of lunch you will be getting if you come along to Social Media in Business.


Cream of tomato and basil soup

Fisherman’s pie with cheesy mash topping

Herbed Portobello mushroom lasagne

Roast leg of Southdown lamb with garlic and rosemary

Selection of seasonal vegetables

Herb roast new potatoes

Pilaf rice

Mixed charcuterie platter

Mixed salad leaves


Greek salad

Potato and bacon salad

Waldorf salad

A selection of dressings and condiments

An assortment of desserts from our pastry kitchen

Assorted bread and rolls

Freshly brewed coffee or tea

Social Media In Business Conference

Social Media In Business Conference

Our Social Media Mafia branch is hosting an exciting, and more importantly, a highly educational conference.

Social Media in Business

This is taking place at a swanky hotel known as the Crowne Plaza, in Marlow, Bucks, UK, just a stones throw away from our Audana H.Q.

Probably the best way to get the flavour of what the conference is about is to pop along to the website itself, though I would say here that we are squarely targeting those companies who are not yet enriched with the “power” (that’s a terrible phrase) of Social Media.

No, the conference will share case-studies from social media experts who are at the coal-face, running social media strategies for house-hold brand names, and will provide a balanced view of the area in terms of what works, what doesn’t work, along with one of my favourites, ensuring that brand reputation is as you desire it to be.

The ticket includes a complimentary lunch, and all day refreshments.

We are really looking forward to meeting new people and old friends alike.

Pop along if you can make it, register here.