ONA - Sir Winston Churchill 'Man of Words!'

Like many a major historic figure, there has been extensive prose written about Sir Winston Churchill. I take great pleasure in reading biographies and especially those within easy historic reach. I have read a number of Churchill biographies, and the more and more I read about Sir Winston Churchill, the more it encapsulates the reason why he is one of my heroes; he was a hero before my extensive reading about him.

He had great courage, both physical and moral and was often seen to cry when things moved him. But make no mistake when hard decisions needed to be made, he would make them.

Sir Winston Churchill, or to give him his full moniker Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, was a British politician, army officer, journalist, writer and painter. He was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, when he led the ‘WORLD’ to victory in the Second World War, and was again PM from 1951 to 1955. Born in 30 November 1874 at Blenheim Palace and died 24 January 1965.

He is a hero to me, but I suspect you will either Love him or Hate him; many hated him but came to love him. Before you make that choice though, do ensure you read one of the many Churchill biographies. Sir Martin Gilbert wrote an extensive range of biographies based on various stages of his life and was the ‘official’ biographer with full access to the family records, links of which you will find later. Politics aside, even a previous Labour Party politician and Chancellor of the Exchequer, Roy Jenkins, wrote a Churchill biography. However, one of the most enlightening books is “Speaking for themselves”, which are the letters between ‘Clemmie’, his adored wife and himself.

Not only did others write about Winston, he also wrote his autobiography, the early part of his life, as well as other books; forty no less, as well as hundreds of articles. Being awarded The Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. He even achieved a profitably role as a script writer.

“See Boris Johnson’s - The Churchill Factor, particularly Chapter 6, ‘The Great Dictator’, where he points out that Churchill produced not only more words than Charles Dickens, or more words than Shakespeare – but more than both of them put together!” – an estimated eight to ten million words.

Churchill maybe best regarded for his many Wartime Speeches, either to the public or in parliament, the latter of which is where you could experience his ‘wit and colourful quotations’ all of which provided GREAT impact. He is now remembered as a ‘Man of Words!’, and often all at the expense of others! (Source material: International Churchill Society)

He liked a lively parliamentary sparring session, where his cleverness of a well-placed and carefully judged retort could be well noted. That said, what would appear to be ‘off the cuff’ remarks were in fact well-rehearsed and stored for use at a later date.  

General Charles De Gaulle, wrote of the ‘Lion of Britain’ – “Mr Churchill seemed to me to be equal to the rudest task, provided it also had grandeur……. The humour, too, with which he seasoned his acts and words, and the way in which he made use, now of graciousness, now of anger, contributed to make one feel what mastery he had of the terrible game in which he was engaged”

Besides his debating pleasure, Churchill for me, is the epitome of dogged persistence, possibly a bit clichéd I know, but very few of us will ever be in a position (Thankfully!), where ‘Never was so much was owed by so many to so few!’ in this case Churchill, our man of words!

Churchill is the only figure that I have read so extensively upon, although I would suggest that I have barely scratched the surface. If you would like to know a little more about Churchill and make up your own mind, then take a look at:

If you do take the opportunity to read some of the many ‘Churchill’ works, maybe, we too could have a lively ‘Churchillian’ debate, hopefully the next time we meet.
 

ONA - Sir Winston Churchill, my HERO

Like many a major historic figure, there has been extensive prose written about Sir Winston Churchill. I take great pleasure in reading biographies and especially those within easy historic reach. I have read a number of Churchill biographies, and the more and more I read about
Sir Winston Churchill, the more it encapsulates the reason why he is one of my heroes; he was a hero before my extensive reading about him.

He had great courage, both physical and moral and was often seen to cry when things moved him. But make no mistake when hard decisions needed to be made, he would make them.

Sir Winston Churchill, or to give him his full moniker Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, was a British politician, army officer, journalist, writer and painter. He was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, when he led the ‘WORLD’ to victory in the Second World War, and was again PM from 1951 to 1955. Born in 30 November 1874 at Blenheim Palace and died 24 January 1965.

He is a hero to me, but I suspect you will either Love him or Hate him; many hated him but came to love him. Before you make that choice though, do ensure you read one of the many Churchill biographies.
Sir Martin Gilbert wrote an extensive range of biographies based on various stages of his life and was the ‘official’ biographer with full access to the family records, links of which you will find later. Politics aside, even a previous Labour Party politician and Chancellor of the Exchequer,
Roy Jenkins, wrote a Churchill biography. However, one of the most enlightening books is “Speaking for themselves”, which are the letters between ‘Clemmie’, his adored wife and himself.

Not only did others write about Winston, he also wrote his autobiography, the early part of his life, as well as other books; forty no less, as well as hundreds of articles. Being awarded The Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. He even achieved a profitably role as a script writer.

“See Boris Johnson’s - The Churchill Factor, particularly Chapter 6,
‘The Great Dictator’, where he points out that Churchill produced not only more words than Charles Dickens, or more words than Shakespeare – but more than both of them put together!” 
– an estimated eight to ten million words.

Churchill maybe best regarded for his many Wartime Speeches, either to the public or in parliament, the latter of which is where you could experience his ‘wit and colourful quotations’ all of which provided GREAT impact. He is now remembered as a ‘Man of Words!’, and often all at the expense of others! (Source material: International Churchill Society)

He liked a lively parliamentary sparring session, where his cleverness of a well-placed and carefully judged retort could be well noted. That said, what would appear to be ‘off the cuff’ remarks were in fact well-rehearsed and stored for use at a later date.  

General Charles De Gaulle, wrote of the ‘Lion of Britain’ – “Mr Churchill seemed to me to be equal to the rudest task, provided it also had grandeur……. The humour, too, with which he seasoned his acts and words, and the way in which he made use, now of graciousness, now of anger, contributed to make one feel what mastery he had of the terrible game in which he was engaged”

Besides his debating pleasure, Churchill for me, is the epitome of dogged persistence, possibly a bit clichéd I know, but very few of us will ever be in a position (Thankfully!), where ‘Never was so much was owed by so many to so few!’ in this case Churchill, our man of words!

Churchill is the only figure that I have read so extensively upon, although I would suggest that I have barely scratched the surface. If you would like to know a little more about Churchill and make up your own mind, then take a look at:

If you do take the opportunity to read some of the many ‘Churchill’ works, maybe, we too could have a lively ‘Churchillian’ debate, hopefully the next time we meet.
 

Adventure Time!

Is it time for your SUMMER Adventure?

If it is, please send a postcard, or tell us
about your adventure upon your return.

We would love to hear from you!
Bon voyage!

ONA - the Office-Friendly workout!

Most of us, spend time at a desk within our daily lives. This is not necessarily just for work, as I am sure that we all log on pre/ post work. Meaning we sit at a desk, or at a laptop or other device for a great part of our lives. We know, we should take regular breaks, rather than just beavering away at whatever we are doing.

But we don't, do we? 

Just before you email or pick up the phone to contact ONA, to get a quote or place an order, take 3-minutes out of your busy day and have a go at this 'SEATED, Office - Friendly workout!'

Let's ALL de-stress our busy lives and feel a little more relaxed!

ONA Charity - doing 'our-little-bit!'

Over the many years of running ONA (Open Network Associates) we have tried to a do ‘our-little-bit’ for chosen charities. We, in truth, only scratch the surface with our support, but doing at least a little means, as a collective, the charities gain.

Historically, we have supported BRACE – Funding Research into Alzheimer’s , donating funds via savings on our Christmas Card; Print versus Digital, and where ever possible, supporting them with mentions, sharing etc via Social Media. I know Mark Poarch, BRACE's Chief Executive via the extensive networking he has to undertake to help raise funds for BRACE.

Back in 2015 I undertook an arduous trek across Europe via motorcycle to help raise awareness of BRACE and went to see a number of Alzheimer’s Research centres, to see the research they do into the multi-facets of Alzheimer’s. Some of the key things I took away from this, were:

  • How important it is for researchers to pin point an exact element to research, as time and money can easily be wasted going down the wrong route, and
     
  • How research has to integrate into other research, so saving money and time with cross fertilisation of ideas and findings. This is very important when related to medicine as getting new trials started is very time consuming; the clock, as we know, is already ticking, and
     
  • What struck me immensely, is how competitive the charity market is, as they are ALL fighting to get access to our ££££££'s. We often make our CHARITY choices based upon personal experience, mine was a close family friend Ada.

Last Christmas, besides BRACE we also started our support of Jessie May Children’s Hospice at Home, from an indirect experience. In fact, it relates to a client of ONA's whose daughter is receiving excellent care via the Jessie May organisation. We were not asked to support, but as a parent, I felt a pang to try to do something, even if it is ‘our-little-bit’!

As such, we have now adopted them as part of our Christmas appeal and mentioning/ sharing where we can to help provide a little support to them. 

You may have a charity that you support yourself, but if not then both of these do have giving pages.

BRACE DONATE
JESSIE MAY DONATE


If we all do ‘our-little-bit’ we can help organisations, such as BRACE and Jessie May thrive because without these organisations people would not receive the great care and compassion they so richly deserve!

So, maybe you can do 'your-little-bit'!
 

A VERY Floydian Christmas!

We are supporting two charities this Christmas,

BRACE
who fund research into Alzheimers, which we have supported for a number of years now, and then new this year ...

Jessie May
Children's Hospice at Home

Instead of sending and posting you a Christmas card we will be donating to both of these charities instead. If you wanted to contribute yourself please follow the links as they both have Giving Pages.

We also know how important it is for you to see my colleagues and I dance as Christmas Elves, so enjoy the following

Roy and his Elvettes!

Stay SHARP! - ONA Visual Solutions

In our many years of business, we have managed to forge some really great relationships, and the most recent for us is with SHARP.

From the first developed of the 'Stay SHARP’ mechanical pencil, hence the name SHARP, they have become an ULTIMATE player within a number of business support markets: Document Solutions, Managed Services,
Energy Solutions, Point of Sale, Furniture and where ONA come into the equation is with SHARP's Visual Solutions range.

As SHARP say ….

……..“As long as people have hopes, visions and ideas, Sharp will be there to create the products and services to make them real. Sharp: as original as you.”

We have, for many years supplied and installed audio visual equipment, mainly into the education sector. interactive white boards and projectors. After all, our lovely ‘Liquorice Strands’ of data cable, simply handle data, whatever the source, so this was a natural development for ONA. As an avid Bi-annual exhibitor at the BSSW Ashton Gate, we were lucky enough to strike up a conversation with Peter Joslin, Regional Sales Manager from which we have built a fantastic working partnership. For ONA, a Micro Business, the relationship and processes have been seamless, and as we have introduced SHARP to many of our clients, this has been great news for all concerned.

Often size does matter, and SHARP have an extensive range of products that can suit your purse and physical visual requirements, these range up to the 80” BIG PAD.

One of our first projects with SHARP was with the Bridgewater Academy, where we installed 30 no. 65”
BIG PADS . Fantastic hardware is nothing without SHARP's software packages, and a 'solution for you' approach to projects, means you as an end user get what you want and need! It goes without saying, the ALL IMPORTANT ONA data cables help link it all together - see 'OUR SERVICES'.  

Any marriage, made in heaven, needs something old and something new, and SHARP are situated in The Old Brewery in Pill (Bristol), where they have a state-of-the-art DEMO ROOM. So, before you sign on the dotted line you can see your kit in action: compare sizes, taste the visual fruits; a visual Amuse-bouche! 

You can see the equipment, try out the video conferencing facilities, meeting room systems, scanner printers and SHARP’s SMART software packages.

Simply, be as interactive as you need to be!

So, if you are thinking about possible future changes within your office/ school's visual resource and need more information then please take a look at SHARP VISUAL SOLUTIONS or email me ROY ADAIR or call me on
0117 2444 366. 

 

 

It's Summer Time, well almost!

Sorry, not quite ‘Summer Time’ just yet! 

If you are a school, or have schools or educational establishments as your ICT clients, you know that work on the IT and telephone systems are best done in those long summer breaks. Leaving you with some ‘practical’ time to do, test and get ready for the onslaught of a new term; much quieter with no kids and staff! Whilst they are away, you get to play, well work I know!

It is April now, yes, but it won’t be long before Spring turns into Summer and those long summer days of plenty will expire and it will be September before you know it! 

As you may know, ONA have an extensive range of services that we offer specifically for schools and educational establishments:

Audio Visual (projectors, touch screens, display screens, white boards & speaker systems), which includes the supply, installation and maintenance

Installation of data network and fibre optic cables

I.T. audits and PAT testing

• We are an approved Reillo UPS installer and we also supply .….

…… IT Consumables & IEC Lock Connectors

Together, we have a LARGE VOICE!

For most of you, you will either own, run or work for a SME, or a Micro-Business. The definition being

‘SME – small and medium sized enterprise with between 10 to 249 employees, or a Micro-business between 0 to nine employees.’ and as Theresa May put it, way back in 2016 “SMEs are the backbone of the British economy!” (*)

ONA are part of that wonderful and productive fraternity and together we make up quite a considerable force within the British Economy: providing employment, paying corporation tax, income tax and VAT etc via our business, our employees and suppliers. Looking at our client list, a majority are Micro Business's and SMEs, and working either directly or indirectly for our clients client’s, these also fall into that same category. 

This is nothing new I know, as a majority of you will be in the same boat, and as such you sail through the same murky waters as we do at ONA; the same issues and concerns that we have in managing our business successfully. Never wishing to over politicise this, but together we have ‘A LARGE VOICE’, but do not always get referred to or quoted within the media, whereas the CBI, the Big Unions and on occasions the IoD do get referenced or consulted. Consider this, in the 5.7 millions business's within the UK, 96% or 5.5 million are Micro Business’s (0 to 9 employees) and equates to 33% of the overall employment of the UK (**)

Watch me, one day I'll be on Question Time!   

Being a member of the IoD (Institute of Directors) and the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses), I suspect the many members these organisations have, will voice the same issues that we have; it is often the subject of discussion when networking with business peers. 

This is not meant to paint a gloomy picture, as there are many great opportunities that come from being a Micro Business, swimming in this pond: decision making is quicker, opportunity to build close working client and supplier relationships, camaraderie through working with the same business issues etc and just look at the positive effect of David upon Goliath!

So, through 2018 we will be writing various articles on being a Micro Business/ SME and would love to hear what your thoughts are about being the ‘One of Many’. Please do drop us a line at ONA, on any MIcro/ Small Business topics that you would like to discuss. It would be great to hear more about your thoughts.

If you would like to know more about Micro or Small Business within the UK, then please click on the links provided below.

House of Commons - Business Statistics

FSB Small Business Statistics

 

 

Reference media

(*) Backbone of the British Economy  

(**) House of Commons - Business Statistics

 

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