Do we need eligibility criteria for private sector involvement in OGP?

I’ve been in Costa Rica for the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Latin America Regional Meeting (where we were launching the Open Contracting Data Standard), and on Tuesday attended a session around private sector involvement in the OGP. The OGP was always envisaged as a ‘multi-stakeholder forum’ – not only for civil society and governments, but […]

Dealing with Separation Anxiety

A little while ago, after watching a channel 4 documentary on dogs and their secret lives, we recorded Poppy while we went out and found that she very unsettled when left on her own. She got extremely stressed and worked up and showed behaviour such as toileting indoors (once even on our bed!), pacing, panting […]

OCDS – Notes on a standard

Today sees the launch of the first release of the Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS). The standard, as I’ve written before, brings together concrete guidance on the kinds of documents and data that are needed for increased transparency in processes of public contracting, with a technical specification describing how to represent contract data and meta-data […]

What are speed limits for, Daddy?

During one of the lovely Vicola’s (remember her?) epic rants on FB, recently, a commenter offered a link to a blog that examined what speed limits were intended for, and how that intention has become altered (some might say ‘corrupted’) in recent years. It’s thought-provoking stuff, so I thought I’d … Continue reading

Tuesday Treat – Designer Maker

I am deep into redecoration mode right now. Despite the fact that we’ve had to put on hold on decorating my study, thanks to illness, I’m still thinking and planning everything in my head and keeping an eye on Pinterest and Twitter for inspiration. I’ve followed Designer Maker shop on Twitter for a while, but […]

Dog Walks in Oxfordshire – Oxford City

A few weekends ago, we decided to take Poppy into Oxford. We generally don’t walk her in busy places very often because it’s so difficult. Poppy tends to walk with her nose and therefore walks in a zigzag style. When it’s busy, it’s a bit like wrestling a pig rather than walking a dog! But […]

Over there, not over here

I sit, handwriting this, with my trusty paper-and-pen combo, in a very unfamiliar Spanish territory. I have probably been to the Canary Islands in the long, distant, past, but I can’t remember any details. Or events. Or dates. I came here on an impulse. At the time of writing, I have a … Continue reading

Snapshots of October

Fun in the Cotswolds with friends. Saturdays are for inspiration and adventures. Afternoon tea at the Randolph with my colleagues. They don’t know it yet, but I’m moving in. ‘I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers’ Claude Monet. A moment of c…

Wreath-Making Workshop, Christmas 2014, Oxford

Pop-Up Wreath-Making Workshops at The Chester Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 December 2014, 3.00 to 5.00pm Spend an ambrosial, orange-scented afternoon creating a sumptuous seasonal wreath for the door of your home or as the perfect pre-Christmas treat for a … Continue reading