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2010 in review

Well it’s been a year since I’ve been blogging now and wordpress sent me some stats about what’s been happening with my blog that I thought I’d share with you all.

I have to say in the early days it was easy to think of lots of things to say, then I hit a tough spot in the middle of the year and found it difficult. Thereafter things have just flowed and I’ve kept it topical and current to things around me and our business. I hope you have all enjoyed it.

So the stats helper monkeys at mulled over how my blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,800 times in 2010. That’s about 9 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 41 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 58 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 81mb. That’s about a picture per week.

The busiest day of the year was January 25th with 180 views. The most popular post that day was Staying upbeat on this, the most depressing day of the year….

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were, companyweb,,, and

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Staying upbeat on this, the most depressing day of the year… January 2010


About December 2009


APC Tips and Techniques September 2010


What Makes a Good CV? 15 Tips from the GFP Team November 2010


The Impossible… September 2010

Predictions – Who cares?

We nearly half way through twenty ten!

How time has flown by.

I thought I would look back at my first blog this year (struggling for inspiration really) and take a look at my predictions.

Well here they were/are:

  • House building will take off again in the middle of the year after a Tory victory in the general election; well now let me see which bit of that is right?
  • The new high speed rail link to Scotland and the north will get the go ahead; I think this is still going to happen, which route is it going to take though?
  • Hotel refurbishment and new build will start a mini boom in and around the London area as the run up to the Olympics kicks off; mmm not too sure about this, but, theres still time
  • The new rules of measurement will make no impact at all (but we will have to learn about them anyway though); now that’s true, (sort of) we have had to make some adjustments to our work
  • Prices will remain very tough in the first two quarters of this year after that there will be a rise as we all become more settled about the future and the industry will become far more stable; mmm prices still tough(bit of an understatement that) .. a more settled and stable future …. wait and see
  • ……Oh and England will win the world cup after Arsenal have done the double! Well you can dream can’t you! Ah well there’s hope yet for England sadly not even the Arsenal ladies did the double this year

Think I might give the second half of the year a miss on predictions!

On a more amusing theme, someone asked me the other day for some tips on dealing with a client who is being difficult in paying up monies they are owed (a familiar story for us too I’m afraid!) and after much debate here in the office as to the best advice we could give we opted for this story we found – challenge them to some shin kicking! You never know you might get the result you have been looking for! Failing that there’s always adjudication but it wouldn’t be as much fun as this. Would it?

What a waste?

Well I’ve saved my blog until today because I went to the game last night against Barcelona and what a game it was! We were outplayed from the start but you have to hand it to our lads; they did get back into it and Theo really did make the difference for us. At the end it was 10 v 10.5 men with Cesc limping around the pitch, but what an atmosphere! It was good to see Thierry back there too and he got a great ovation when he came on, then nearly broke through to score so we all started booing! He was the last man off the pitch at the end to rousing cheers and applause. A game like that makes it all worthwhile paying the season ticket fees. It’s a shame that Bendtner wasted such a good chance in the second half.

Speaking of waste… Next week I expect we will have the election to occupy the media, but I for one think that a lot of the stuff being said about government waste is valid. If the country was run as a proper business there would be far more cuts in government waste. How do they think companies like mine in the private sector survive? We cannot go out there and borrow money on the never never, the banks won’t lend anything; we have to make painful and hard decisions about people’s lives. I’m really undecided this time who to vote for; nothing inspires me about politics at the moment. Having said that I’m meeting someone today who is standing as an MP so I’d better be careful, as we may be able to help him in a business venture…

And so begins February!

I guess I should start with a comment about my team, Arsenal. After reaching the dizzying heights of the top of the league, it looks like we’ve got a nose bleed and have fallen from grace! I went to the game on Sunday and it was very disappointing but, to be fair, United were very good and we just lacked that passion. Arshavin was our best player in my opinion, but Nani played like Ronaldo did against us in the Champions League game. Don’t write us off yet though – look at last night’s result for Chelsea!

But back to the work stuff… We’ve seen a tremendous amount of activity over the last few days, so it’s back to where we were a couple of weeks ago. The projects we’ve had come into the office (for us to produce BoQ’s for) have again been for social housing, warehousing, office developments, university buildings, care homes, hotels, and schools. So a real mix of projects which is very encouraging!

We’ve also noticed some contractors starting to show an interest in temporary staff again, as they’ve reached capacity and are reluctant to take on more staff permanently, so have come to us to help them through their period of increased activity. Long may this continue!

We’ve been doing a survey of some of our contractors over the last few weeks. The aim is to see how they’re dealing with certain topical contractual issues of late. I’ll keep you posted about the results as the deadline hasn’t passed yet, but so far it’s revealed some interesting information about what’s actually happening out there – some of it contradictory to what the press are saying!

I read that construction activity fell at the slowest rate for two years yesterday with the Construction Purchasing Managers (CIPS/Markit) Index standing at 48.6. Anything over 50 and we are in growth… Which sounds like my age and waist-line as I get older!

And now you’ve finished reading my blog you need to shut your internet brower down and go and do some work, because I read earlier that excess internet use is linked with depression!

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I’m now the Managing Director of Mynott Associates Limited my own specialist measurement business. I’ve been in the industry all of my life since I left school. My first job was with Bovis Construction as a management trainee where I trained to become a quantity surveyor. I’ve worked for contractors all through my career, I am FRICS, FCIOB and MCIHT qualified and act as an RICS assessor. I’m also a keen Arsenal supporter having followed them from a young boy

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