116.  That's the way to do itwith emotional intelligence at work

9 may 2016 / On this day in 1662, the figure who later became Mr Punch made his first recorded appearance in England.

—Jeremy Marchant

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In defence of dialogue
No dispute is resolve by violence, it is resolved by talking.  Yet, ‘in politics, it seems counterintuitive to engage in dialogue with violent groups, with radicals and terrorists, and with the states that support them’.  In this TED talk, Jonas Gahr Støre, ‘the foreign minister of Norway, makes a compelling case for open discussion, even when our values diverge’.
And what’s true in politics is, in this case, true at a personal level.  [14:50]

‘Violence in the modern world poses two challenges. The first, which everyone talks about, is: What should we do about it?
The second is a point almost never discussed: How much attention should we give it?’  This thoughtful article is by James L Payne.

Music of the week : Pulcinella
The Punch and Judy show has roots in the C16 Italian commedia dell'arte.  Punch derives from the Neapolitan character of Pulcinella, a manifestation of the Lord of Misrule and Trickster figures of myth. Punch's wife was originally called Joan. 
Stravinsky’s ballet and later concert suite, Pulcinella, is based on music by the eighteenth century composer Pergolesi and his contemporaries.  What you get here is a number of short dances so those wanting to sample might start at 0:00 or 2:10 or 11:43 or 12:50 or...  Actually, it’s all a joy
Christian Zacharias conducts the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra [24:13]

Punch and Judy quotation
And we need to change, and we will change, the way we behave. I'm fed up with the Punch and Judy politics of Westminster, the name calling, backbiting, point scoring, finger pointing.

David Cameron, victory speech following election for UK Conservative leader, 2005.
 By april 2008, he had given in.   “I will absolutely hold up my hands and say this is a promise I have not been able to deliver” (Radio 4 Today).  Only a cynic of the worst type might suggest he never really tried.

More quotations, this time an anniversary Shakespeare compendium 

How to say, 'I'm sorry'
Perhaps you don’t need to, but this unsigned piece is most interesting, all the same.

Your very own Punch and Judy script
A genuine P & J script for you to perform with your chums.

Someone has a very strange hobby
Someone has a very strange hobby.
Making fake posters for films from other people’s snaps.
Playtime is over.

Blog of the week:  “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it”—true?
Why tests for young children represent a questionable policy.

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