These are sites I use or find interesting. Have fun!
// Strategy and Marketing – Information about better ways to develop strategy and to think about marketing. Also access to consulting services in strategy, market research, product management and brand strategy.
Nancy Wolfberg – Nancy is a wonderful advisor, coach and friend who helped me get my consulting business off the ground. She has a great deal of experience in the training business as well as a specialization in global / multi-cultural issues in the workplace.
diyAudio – a place for people who love to build or modify hi-fi equipment. Discussions range from beginner to very sophisticated indeed.
Elliott Sound Products – lots of designs and useful information.
Audio Asylum – a refuge and place of solace for those of us who can’t get enough of the interaction between music, mechanics and electronics. Lots of discussion groups and useful information.
Bottlehead – not quite sure what draws me to these guys, but their reputation is unparalleled for providing great kits – great sound and fair price. I’m planning to build one this year.
Pi Speakers – a very interactive site for speaker builders, led by the irrepressible and always helpful Wayne Parham. He has developed a line of easy-to-build speakers that offer high efficiency and good sound quality. I’m planning to build his Pi Seven corner horns this year if I can summon the nerve.
Digital Photography Review – the best way to keep up to date on cameras, lenses, software and everything to do with digital photography. You can buy through them as well.
IrfanView – a free image viewing and processing application. It offers a quick and easy way to view large numbers of images, and it is also a great way to shrink images for upload into a photo album on this site!
Nikon Capture NX – this is Nikon’s premier software for editing raw images. It is almost everything I need for editing – it has a file browser, is able to do batch processing, and has a great set of editing tools that rely on some new technology from Nik Software.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 4 – the image editing software I used to rely on for management and beautification of my digital images. There’s now a Mac version as well. I use it less now, because I have Nikon Capture NX.
Volvo Ocean Race – an amazing challenge – 70′ boats, like Formula One cars. Over-rigged, able to cover more than 500 miles a day. The race is over now – convincingly won by a New Zealander, of course!
Multihull World – brokers specializing in catamarans and trimarans, based at Thornham Marina in the upper reaches of Chichester Harbour. Multihull World are the brokers for our boat, currently on the market.
Music and musicians
All my life music has been a passion. Here are a few musicians who have meant a lot to me one way or another. I have focussed on people who sing popular music – of course I have great respect also for classical musicians the world over, and I’ll gradually add in some I’m particularly fond of as I find the time.
Mose Allison – born into a wealthy family in the deep south, Mose was not keen to be a farmer or shopkeeper. He grew up hearing a lot of Blues, and has become a unique musician playing jazz and blues, and writing songs that bring a quick wit and acid tongue to the issues of the day.
Igor’s Jazz Cowboys – several years ago, Marina and I went to the Redding Jazz Festival in Northern California. Igor’s band was featured, and fascinating. Cowboy music performed with a laconic air, led by the stunning bass-baritone voice of Igor himself. Catch them if you can.
Tom Paxton – I had never heard of Tom until we went to a “farewell tour” concert in Basingstoke last year. I had heard some of his songs, but the more I listen the more I admire his craftsmanship, and again the wit. He’s still performing, although to be honest I prefer his voice and his songs from earlier years.