The woman who lives upstairs

Another engaging tale from the storytelling mind of Pat Watson

It takes a long time to write 50,000 words. In the meantime, I’ve got some great tales coming on YouTube at In Through A Coloured Lens.

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Come visit. The #asmr effect is a soothing retreat in these unsettling times and the story promises humour and insight.

Broken societies put people and planet on collision course, says UNDP — Petchary’s Blog

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development Report 2020 was just launched globally at lunchtime today (December 15). It is headlined “The Next Frontier: Human Development and the Anthropocene.” Unfortunately there were technical problems, so we were unable to watch a live stream. The UNDP notes: An experimental global index offers a new measurement […]

Broken societies put people and planet on collision course, says UNDP — Petchary’s Blog

A True (Scary) Halloween Story – Book Excerpt

It’s Halloween, so time to re-tell this true tale.

In Through A Coloured Lens


A True (Scary) Halloween Story

By Pat Watson

If it weren’t for coincidence you might not read what you are about to. This story begins one late rush hour afternoon a few days before Halloween on one of many travels around this city. Waiting at a bus stop, I let a number of crowded buses pass me by before giving up on the idea that there would be one vacant seat for a tired body. After three or four buses passed, I finally boarded one.

Straight away, the bus driver, a tall gentleman with a calm, restrained voice, recognizing me as a Share columnist, greeted me by name. Oddly, he even seemed to know where I lived. Just before driving off, he handed me a sheaf of papers. As the bus lurched forward, he urged me to look at the package of photocopied newspaper articles. It included a column I…

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The Art of Paradigm-Shifting

Glenn Lim


The above slide is part of my lecture module on Paradigm Shifts / Mental Models. All successful change begins with a (new) Mental Model…

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”


The Swiss watch industry enjoyed a well-protected monopoly for centuries. No one could touch their expertise, craftsmanship & quality. They took so much pride in their market-domination that they were skeptical of new technology, in particular the Quartz mechanism in the 1960s/70s. The Quartz was a total shift from conventional watch-making, and the Swiss were stubbornly hesitant to embrace it, thinking it unnecessary to explore the technology. To its detriment, Japan took advantage of this complacency and further developed the emerging Quartz technology.

ImageThis is the Seiko Astron, the world’s first Quartz wristwatch, AKA the Swiss watch industry killer! This watch, along…

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