In late December 2015 Dean parked his company car for about 15 minutes. We subsequently received a demand for excess parking charges. I will spare the detail but it was essentially one of those scams you will have heard about involving private and not local authority enforcement. After a bit of internet research Dean said, […]

King of Spain 

Today we are packing up and tomorrow we start the long, sad trudge back to England. As an experiment Spain has worked, it was just a shame that the civil bid round was put back – much better to be immersed in that here rather than a cold back room in Middlesbrough. This seems vaguely […]

Bid Round Purdah 

I posed the question, on Twitter; will the 2018 Civil bid round be affected by General Election purdah? Well we now have an answer: 2 May 2017: procurement update – civil 2018 contract In light of the announcement that a General Election is to be held on 8 June it has been necessary to revise […]

Abre La Puerta 

We have managed 3 live shows out here in our local music bar (5 mins walk away with excellent Sevillian gin). Two involved very capable covers bands and the third a pretty wild night with Sabor a Calle – singing, standing on the bar etc. – the recorded version is a bit tame by comparison. […]

Ballad of the Dying Man 

This is from Father John Misty’s album “Pure Comedy” – the title track from which I previously posted. Have to say both this and the album are very good and not unlike early Elton John.

“Barbary Coast (later)” 

Back in January I posted “Gossamer Thin” by Conor Oberst. It was from a solo acoustic album called “Ruminations” which I have listened to a lot. He has followed this up with a full band version of the same set of songs called “Salutations”. This is interesting enough on its own, but it is also […]

Melin Wynt 

This, by King Creosote, is lovely, though sorry it is not a proper video. Is it the only song with good bagpipes on, ever?

Compliance Matters Issue 4 

The latest issue of our quarterly newsletter “Compliance Matters” is now available. If you are not on our alerts mailing list you can download it here.


I came across this during the BBC London Olympic coverage. It comes from an album in which Thea Gilmore provides music to lyrics Sandy Denny wrote but did not get round to turning into songs before her untimely death. I suspect this one was composed around the time of her final album “Rendezvous”, recorded in […]

Some Fell On Stony Ground 

With several very nervous clients still awaiting their contract documentation overnight, I did think about writing a post of advice on the conduct of these bid rounds. We have helped with so very many now that we are in a pretty strong position to summarise the experience from the bidders point of view. On reflection […]

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