“Data is the new oil.” “Say again? Explain?” “Data is the new oil.” he repeated. Picture the scene. Coffee shop, sunny Sunday afternoon, people coming and going, chatter mixed with the noise of the barista’s coffee grinder. Yours truly is there, (a fixture most Sunday afternoons between 4 and 5 it has to be said)…

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I’m known to happily meet anyone for a coffee, anytime, anywhere because you never know where it might lead and if I am to live up to my strap-line, ‘How can I help?’ then I must make every attempt if someone asks for a meeting. That said, there are only so many hours in the…

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Here in Ireland, a hoover means vacuum cleaner, Ballygowan means any bottled water at all and a JCB is a digger! Sort of doesn’t matter (except to the brand owners) whether the hoover is a Dyson or an actual Hoover product (does Hoover even make hoovers any more?) , or whether the Ballygowan is from…

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Three things came together this week that suggested the topic for this week’s “Coffee with Colm”. Firstly, last weekend my youngest child, #dd#2 Jenna, had a solo-part in the annual musical show put forth by Spotlight Stage School in Limerick. Spotlight has been on the go for thirty years and has been overseen through those…

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A song I learned many years ago when I first started playing guitar was “Flowers Are Red” by Harry Chapin – about a little boy on his first day of school and his interactions with his teacher. Many people know it by it’s resounding chorus, the lyrics of which go: And she said Flowers are…

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