Johnadams

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Date registered: November 30, -0001
URL: http://www.john-adams.co.uk

Latest posts

  1. Fun-loving singles — April 4, 2014
  2. ISO 31000: an update — March 30, 2014
  3. A prize!! — March 11, 2014
  4. Been there. Got the T-shirt. — November 3, 2013
  5. Slides from my lecture on the public perception of risk — October 17, 2013

Most commented posts

  1. ISO 31000: Dr Rorschach meets Humpty Dumpty — 37 comments
  2. Is God trying to tell us something? — 23 comments
  3. The Cream Buns Act — 13 comments
  4. ISO 31000: the debate warms up — 12 comments
  5. 30 years in the jungle with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents — 11 comments

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Apr
04
2014

Fun-loving singles

I recently discovered (thanks Jim) that my website had acquired a sideline in the form of a service for fun-loving singles wearing not very much, and keen to get in touch with others similarly attired. Although many of the postings might be said to have had a risk theme I have decided to focus, for …

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Mar
30
2014

ISO 31000: an update

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For those new to ISO 31000  – Risk management – Principles and Guidelines – published by the International Standards Organization – my profoundly negative view of it can be found in earlier postings . ISO 31000 has spawned, at the moment of writing, 2.9 million Google hits. I cannot say that none of them addresses …

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Mar
11
2014

A prize!!

This is a graphic record of the event. Jeremy Harrison, the head of the Institute of Risk Management, is laughing because I have just called him a sneaky bastard for inviting me to dinner without warning me that he had this in mind. And I am looking bemused because I was – and still am. …

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Nov
03
2013

Been there. Got the T-shirt.

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Yesterday was Risk Day in Birmingham’s Town Hall with numerous events and speakers focused on the theme. My contribution was rewarded with a conference T-shirt.   I suggested that since The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has its headquarters in Birmingham they might like to come over to take part in a discussion …

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Oct
17
2013

Slides from my lecture on the public perception of risk

Powerpoint presentation delivered at Imperial College on October 14th 2013.

Sep
21
2013

Tom Vernon: Fat Man on a Bicycle

My old friend Tom Vernon has died aged 74. I was honoured to be asked by his wife Sally to write his obituary for the Guardian. Here it is – http://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/sep/18/tom-vernon

Jun
11
2013

Pater knows best?

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Risk compensation – the proposition that a person’s perception of risk influences their risk-taking behaviour – has now become conventional wisdom.  No one now disputes that rock climbers with ropes will attempt manoeuvres that they would not attempt without them, or that trapeze artists will attempt manoeuvres with nets that they would not attempt without. …

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May
09
2013

Change has to take root in people’s minds

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The main headline in today’s Daily Mail reads: £90 fine if you’re texting at the wheel: Minister warns of safety crackdown US experience suggests that the crackdown is unlikely to achieve its desired effect. There the success of attempts to deal with the texting-while-driving problem by means of legislation has been the subject of a …

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May
09
2013

The ever receding yet

Historian Niall Ferguson has been reported as apologising for “remarks in which he implied that John Maynard Keynes did not care about future generations – because he was childless and gay” – leaving open the cause of Keynes’ indifference to the long run. This provoked a letter from me to today’s Guardian. For non-Guardian readers …

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Apr
17
2013

The Boston Marathon Bombs

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In the aftermath of the 2005 7th July bombings in London I wrote a piece entitled “7/7: What kills you matters – not numbers” I illustrated it with a diagram highlighting the remarkable lack of correlation between quantified measures of risk and common response. I identified two key variables that helped to explain this lack of …

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