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Dec 21, 2021

Owen was miserable, to begin with. There is no doubt about that. Oh! But he was a long-suffering, data driven, learning-style hating, old L&D practitioner.

Five years of this podcast, listening to his co-hosts ramble enthusiastically about the same tired old topics, had left him jaded and disillusioned with the industry he once loved.

And so I say again, that Owen was miserable to begin with. This must be distinctly understood, or nothing wonderful can come of the story I am going to relate...


  • Ross Garner as Charles Dickens (@RossGarnerMT)
    Owen Ferguson in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge (@OwenFerguson)
    Peter Casebow as the Ghost of Christmas Past (@PeterCasebow)
  • Gemma Towersey as the Ghost of Christmas Present (@GemmaTowersey)
  • Ross Dickie as the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come (@RossDickieMT)
  • And Hollywood’s Jimmy Stewart as Bob Cratchit

Show notes

In 'What I Learned This Christmas', Peter shared details of a trip he went on with photographer Andy Howard: 

Gemma shared an episode of Matthew Syed's podcast Sideways on 'Oostvaardersplassen: A Wild Idea': 

Ross D shared how 'video on-demand' changed the way we think, from the book 1001 Ideas That Changed the Way We Think: 

And Ross G shared the article 'No chips, no problem: Why old video games are better than news one', from Justin Heckert in The Economist's 1843 Magazine: 

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Merry Christmas!