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We all know in the future, this could happen, a fully automotive car, I don’t know when or even if I will be alive, I know one thing, if I was to pop into this car today, which had no steering wheel, I would feel, totally out of my depth, my hands would not know what to do, and at first, I would not be able to comprehend what is happening.

 Would we class this as uncontrollable social behavior or would this be natural instinct, with regards to what is happening with our mind, hand and legs actions.

The other thing that we have to accept, is that of change, to what we are normally used to, could we say this of the paperless office, you might think to yourself, that they may be a big difference between the two aspects.

 With starting to do some very early research into the paper less office, could this be a very big question, are we ready for it.

 So far I have only found, what I would class as a well know aspect of the paperless office, this is a book called The myth of the Paper Less Office (Harper and Sullen) and there is an interesting read form Galdwell, The social  life of Paper, New York Times.

 Harper and Sellen discuss the social side of the paperless office, to the extent of understanding how we actually read what is on the piece of paper, and how we react to this. As I am studying Engineering, this can place you into a position, where the possible social behavior or social acceptance of an idea or system, can place a surprising aspect to your early findings.

One of the answers could be to replace the steering back into the car, even though we do not have to use it.  !!!


A new Project title.

If you have been reading any of my blogs, then you will know that I am studying, a degree in Engineering Management, at this time of the year, we are allocated a project, I have been allocated the paper less office. As I know very little about this title, so it will be interesting to find out, that this consists of, so far very little, and the general feeling is that, people are concerned about the green effects, and if a paper less office, could help, in any way, people would be certainly interesting, although the down side of this, is that there is no two offices alike , each office has it own e work flow and non e work flow, so it would be very difficult to design a paper less office, in a short period of time.

Some of the companies, that offer this service seem to be from the two sides of scale, a singing and all dancing system, which has to be design form scratch or has to been adapted form the existing systems, or they offer, what I would not call a paper less office, the best description would be, a glorified Microsoft office tool, which consists of nothing more than the average computer items, that every person has already.

So a possible area could be, instead of trying to design a system, which is quite difficult in its own right, which to be fair, you would have to be a professional programmer and certainly had the ability to design and write new systems, and as this is not my area of experience, would it be possible to design a stand alone item that, that is designed to reduce a percentage, of any office environment, no matter how big or small the office, or what type of office is.

I will keep you informed.

It has Started..

If you have read my about, you will be aware that i am in my final year studying at Bardford University, Engineering Management.

As this is the last year, we have just been allocated with our final year project, i seem to have an interesting one, The Paperless Office.

It will be interesting to see, how it pans out, i don’t much about this system or who or how it is implemented in the office enironment.

I will keep you informed to see how it collates together.

Finally got it.

it’s taken some time, to get verify with google, i don’t know how i did it, but in the end i had to link from my other site ,under the links section,

anyway, it’s all done, and a big thank you,to all the posts, which helps the new bloggers. like me , with regards to submitting through a new page etc, which i assume that is the way most people, have done it.


The Last Samurai

If you had had the time to see the Movie last night ITV 1 10.30pm The last samurai, which told the story of the character of Captain Nathan Algren who was supposed to be an America solider who helped the Japanese to fight the rebel group of samurai warriors during the mid-1860s to 1870s, the film critics said, that it was on the same lines as Dancing with Wolves you could say that it was a bit like Brave Heart with a sword.

If we don’t take the film to seriously then I supposed it was watchable, but was there really a so called “western samurai”

Suppose form a movie making angle, it would have not been as good, if the main lead was played by a Frenchman, but was there really a Frenchman wilding a sword around and fighting the famous, samurai, probably not, but there was a gentleman called Jules Brunet

Jules Brunet was a member of the first French military mission to be sent to the empire of Japan and ordered to help modernize the armies of the shogunate.Brunet was born in Belfort, in Alase (today in the Franche Comte region of eastern France). He graduated from the Ecole Polytechinque  in 1857, where he specialized in Artillery

Jules Brunet first participated in the french intervension of Mexico (1862-1867) sent by Napolean III, where he received the Legion d’honner. He then arrived in Yokohama in the beginning of 1867, as a member of the first French Miltray Mission to Japan.

Daimyos of the North have offered me to be its soul






The military mission was able to train the army of Shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobuwa for a little more than one year, before the Tokugawa showgunate lost to the Imperial forces in 1868 in the Boshin war. The French military mission was then ordered to leave Japan by Imperial decree.

 However, Jules Brunet chose to remain. He resigned from the French army, and left for the North of Japan with the remains of the Shogunate’s armies in the hope of staging a counter-attack. In a letter to Napolean III, Jules Brunet explained the plan of the Alliance, as well as his role in it:

“A revolution is forcing the Military Mission to return to France. Alone I stay, alone I wish to continue, under new conditions, the results obtained by the Mission, together with the Party of the North, which is the party favorable to France in Japan. Soon a reaction will take place, and the Daimyos of the North has offered me to be its soul. I have accepted, because with the help of one thousand Japanese officers and non-commissioned officers, our students, I can direct the 50,000 men of the Confederation.” Jules Brunet, Letter to Napoleon III.

The line in the note to Napoleon “Daimyos of the North has offered me to be its soul” I suppose form the film this must relate to the healing and under standing of the way of the samurai!

Jules Brunet took a very active role during the Boshin War, between partisans of the Shogun, with whom Brunet sided, and partisans of the restoration of Emperor Meiji. Jules and Cazenave were present at the Battle of Tuba- Faushimi . They left Osaka and returned to Edo on 12 January, together with Enomoto Takeaki onboard the Fujisan. Enomoto was bringing with him various documents, objects, and a treasure of 180,000 ryos from Osaka Castle. They arrived in Edo on 14 January.

After the fall of Edo, he fled north with Enomoto Takeaki, and helped set up the Ezo Republic with the leader of the Japanese shogunate’s navy, Enomoto Takeaki, as the President. He also helped organize the defense of Hokkaidō in the Battle of Hakodate. Troops were structured under a hybrid Franco-Japanese leadership, with Otori Keisuke as Commander-in-chief, and Jules Brunet as second in command. Each of the four brigades were commanded by a French officer (Fortant, Marlin, Cazeneuve,Bouffier), with eight Japanese commanders as second in command of each half-brigade.

The Final Stand 





The final stand occurred in the northern island of Hokkaido, in the city of Hakodate, where in June 1869, the shogunate forces lost a final battle between 800 shogunate soldiers and an 8000-strong Imperial army.

In an interesting postscript to his involvement in the Boshin War, Brunet spoke highly of Shinsengumi vice-commander Hijikata Toshizo in his memoirs. Praising Hijikata’s ability as a leader, he said that if the man had been in Europe, he most certainly would have been a general.






Jules Brunet, with the rest of the French soldiers, was evacuated by the French corvette Coëtlogon, commanded by Dupetit- Thouars, and then transferred to the Dupleix in Yokohama on which he was transported to Saigon. From Saigon he sailed to France onboard a commercial cruiser. Benefitting from popular support for his actions in Japan, Jules Brunet did not receive judgement, in spite of the Japanese request. He was quickly rehabilitated by the time of the Franco Prussian War (1870-1871), but was taken prisoner by the Germans at the Seize of Metz. After the war, he played a key role as a member of the Versailles Army in the suppression of the Paris insurrection of La Commune in 1871.

In May 1881 and again in March 1885, Jules Brunet received medals from the Meiji Emperor, which were given to him at the Japanese Embassy in Paris. It seems his former ally Eomoto Takeaki, then Minister of the Imperial Japanese Navey, played a key role in this late recognition.

 Jules Brunet rose to the position of General and Chief of Staff of the French army (“Chef d’Etat Major”) under the Minister of War Chanoine (his former senior officer at the French Military mission in Japan) thirty years later in 1898.

Jules Brunet was partly the inspiration for the character of Nathan Algren in the movie The Last Samurai, so it was true!!!!!!!

Jules Brunet (2 January 1838 – 12 August 1911)

This was the Last Sanurai Jules Brunet

This was the Last Sanurai Jules Brunet

Green VS Green

We all know how important green issues are in today’s society and within the business sector, but do we appreciate that there is and probably will be a very strong competitiveness between the organisation and charities, which help to promote and influence these growing concerns.

I have had the pleasure in advising a small manufacturing company on how to implement a procedure with the concerns of Forestry management applications due to the timber requirements for each manufactory product with could use the implementations of the FSC  ( Forestry Stewart Council) procedures to there timber products.

These implementations to introduce these procedures where obviously, correct, not only for the environmental reasons, but also as I strong marketing tool, for future sales and customers requesting on some kind of  Forestry controlled timber management programme to ensure that the forests where controlled to the degree of non deforester.

Within the timber industry there are probably two main organisations FSC Forestry Stewardship Council and the PEFC Council (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes, both are independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization.

At first, you would probably think to yourself that, both organization would basically do the same job, and to a degree, they do, but surprising, they will not recognize, each others procedures, The FSC do not recognize the PEFC procedures, and visa versa, a bit like having a light bulb with does not fit into a light bulb socket.

Some people might say that, there is nothing wrong with this, and it generates good competition within this market, but you must remember that these are non-profit, non-governmental organization.

It is said that the FSC is more like the Rolls Royce and PEFC is a bit like the Ford Fiesta this is due to that the guideline procedures for the FSC are more stringent than the PEFC, probably with regards to the timber controlled management system and FSC trademark Advertising right etc. But you must remember that if you implement the FSC Procedure you will not be aloud with to work against the PFEC Procedure, so therefore you would have to implement both procedures next to each other, I think the main reason for this is that, and I am sure they will not mind me saying this, that PEFC is more popularly with regards to its implementation practicability and for its general usage.

Talking to some companies, they showed that they would be a concern that FSC procedures a loan, where not practical enough this would be due to the sometime volatile  exporting and importing of timber form the there appropriate countries , this would also cover the potential forward planning  requirements to meet excepted manufacturing and delivery dates. Especially for the small business, who can have a general problem, within its own entity, never mind having a concern regarding that extra green concern?

Please don’t get me wrong, both these organizations offer a fantastic service, or facility with they own areas of expertise, and the overall procedure implementations are both to the level that they deserve with each other.

We must also remember that it is not just Forestry timbers that are at concern here but there are the other items like paper, packaging, and all forestry relayed products, will probably have to come through the one of the following organizations, unless of course you decide to ignore timbers that come form sustainable management Forrest.

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well what can i say, this is my first blog, still getting my head around all the different bits in my dashboard, i have written a few articles, enivronmental, business, Tech gadgets etc, and i have my website, so give me a bit of time and i hope to see you out there.


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