First this month, a hearty congratulation to the academics awarded the 2011 Ig Nobel Prize
for medicine at the end of September.
Their efforts to understand how decision-making is affected by the urge to
‘spend a penny’ (to use
an appropriate procurement euphemism) has seen nine researchers share the
award, which recognises
trivial or unusual
Part of the research demonstrated those
with better control opted
for a long-term reward,
rather than a short-term financial gain. Something
to consider in those
A law unto themselves
To the CIPS Conference
last month, where an interesting philosophical point was raised
by a delegate in one of the legal seminars.
The buyer in question reported that he had tried to explain the contract term ‘act of God’ to his young son, when the boy spotted a possible loophole – ‘What if you believe in Allah, or someone other than God?’
But lawyer Belinda Doshi pointed out the law is
not open to such theological debates – it is a term
for “events outside
I received an email this
week claiming that ‘champagne for life’ is the next “must-have” accessory.
You pay a fee, get a card that you flash at participating venues and you get your
first glass of bubbly on the house. And, if you go to one of these venues every day, you can keep yourself well oiled with the fizz.
Personally, my non-corporeal being is now so well-travelled and known
that I can turn up pretty much anywhere and get a glass of the local sake, vodka or schooner of light beer
without having to take out
For those unfamiliar with this lifestyle, it’s nice to
know such providers are
With the UK now in the grip of winter, companies will find their resilience plans start to be tested.
As well as orders for 100 extra salt bins, 220 hand ploughs and 16 snow clearing vehicles, train operator Southeastern has bought 4,000 foil blankets and
glow sticks that can be handed out to passengers should a train break down
and the lights go out.
A passenger association said the plan had an “element of despair” about it.
Courts marshal cabs for inmates
Prison transport has been making the wrong type
of headlines over the
PECS was embarrassed when it was discovered some vans could
not get over the ramp at the entrance to Bristol Crown Court, forcing defendants
to be escorted into the building on foot.
Perhaps they should have taken the same approach as Serco, which has been using black cabs to get prisoners to the court on time.
The failure of a computer system has meant prisoners have had to make around 25,000 journeys in
taxis, because they are
“more reliable” at getting inmates back to prison
It will bring new meaning
to the phrase “guess who I had in the back of my cab”
Good news: Russia plans to stop buying Kalashnikov rifles.
Bad news: it’s because they’ve already got millions of them in storage.
A defence ministry
source told a Russian newspaper that warehouses are “overflowing” with the guns, with enough to last the next 20 years.
Manufacturer Izhmash said
it was scared that the news
would upset the gun’s
91-year old inventor. “We
don’t want to risk it and
break such news to him. Maybe he wouldn’t survive
it,” it said.
But the supplier isn’t taking the buying freeze lying down, it plans to come up with an updated model to try to
prise the government’s
wallet back open
Tweet of the month
- Bah! Public procurement – one of the stupidest bureaucracies ever invented!