Bob Little sang with the choir of the London City Livery Company,
Company of Carmen - and was also a soloist - at its Carol
Service in the church of
Lawrence Jewry, next to Guildhall, in the city of London.
Bob Little chaired a session at
Educa, Berlin, on the subject of current trends in online
learning technologies. Those taking part on the 'panel' of speakers,
including Bob, are all members of the international e-learning
The Company of Thought.
An interview with Bob Little was published in a Croatian daily
newspaper - the 'Evening Post' - in connection with a major
conference being held in Zagreb at the end of the month, at which he
spoke. Click here to read the
Bob Little - on behalf of a number of anonymous judges, around the
world, from the corporate e-learning sector - published the
annual Movers and Shakers lists covering corporate e-learning in the
World, North America, Europe, the UK and the Asia-Pacific region.
Bob Little made his debut as a conductor, conducting The Carmen
Singers in two items during the Worshipful Company of Carmen's Carol
Service, held in Temple Church, in the City of London, on 4th
Bob Little was the tenor soloist at the Aldenham Sailing Club's
Bob Little was interviewed - about business-to-business PR tips
and techniques, as well as trends in the corporate online learning
industry, by Learnnovators. You can read the interview
Bob Little was also interviewed, for a
podcast - published by Mind Tools - on the subject of instructional
design. His co-interviewee was the New York-based instructional
design specialist and teacher, Frank Troha.
Bob Little spoke - on 'Global trends in online learning
technologies' - at an e-learning conference organised by the food
company, Podravka in Koprivnica, Croatia.
Bob Little became one of the
founding principals of The Company of Thought (TCoT), an
international think which aims to report and comment on trends
within the corporate online learning technologies industry
worldwide, independent of any vested interests. TCoT's founder
Weiss (California, USA),
(UK). Other founder members of the think tank are:
(UK/ Sweden/ Belgium),
(UK/ Australia/ Singapore).
Bob Little agreed to speak - on 'Global trends in online learning
technologies' - at an e-learning conference taking place in Croatia
Bob Little was among the choir who led
the singing at the Worshipful Company of Carmen's Foundation Day
Service. The service was held at the church of St Martin-within-Ludgate,
close to St Paul's Cathedral, in the City of London, on 27th March.
An interview with Bob Little was published in Christopher Pappas'
eLearning Magazine. In the
interview, Bob discussed - among other things - how to do PR
successfully for clients in the online learning technologies sector
around the world.
Bob Little spoke on 'Learning isn't changing', as part of the
'Business Educa' stream at this year's Online Educa Berlin
conference, held in Berlin in early December. You can read a summary
of his presentation here
At the end of December, Bob Little
retired - after serving for some six years - as the
Association's representative on the Board of the ecumenical charity,
Bob Little and Helen Little were among
the choir who led the singing at the Worshipful Company of Carmen's
Carol Service. The service was held at St Michael's church,
Cornhill, in the City of London, on 9th December. The organist was
Owing to encouragingly high levels of demand, Bob Little's book,
'A Perspective on Pendley: a history of Pendley Manor', published in
July by The Endless Bookcase, has been reprinted.
Bob Little has been confirmed as one
of the speakers at this year's Online Educa Berlin conference. Now
in its 20th year, the event, which attracts education and learning
professionals from all over Europe, takes place in Berlin in early
Bob Little was among the choir who led
the singing at the Installation Service for the new Master of the
Worshipful Company of Carmen. The service was held at the church of
St Magnus the Martyr, near The Monument in the City of London, on
Bob Little's book, 'A Perspective on Pendley: a history of Pendley
Manor', was published this month by The Endless Bookcase. Copies of
the e-book version of the book are available from
The Endless Bookcase,
Nook UK and
Nook USA. Copies of the softback version are available
from The Endless Bookcase, Pendley Manor (personal callers only),
Tring & District Local History & Museum (personal callers only) and
Bob was interviewed, on 28th July, by
Nick Coffer on his radio show - on BBC Three Counties Radio - about
the history of Pendley Manor.
Bob was one of the performers at
Tilehouse Street Baptist Church in Hitchin, at a concert as part of
the church's 'Holiday at Home' season of events for the elderly and
Early in May, Bob Little gave a talk on the history of Pendley
Manor - at Pendley Manor, in Tring, Hertfordshire - before an
invited audience. Bob's book, 'A Perspective on Pendley: a history
of Pendley Manor', is due to be published in June by The Endless
Bob Little joined five other musicians
in a concert to raise funds for the charity, Christian Aid, in May.
The concert raised £546.12 for the charity.
This month, Bob Little Press & PR began working with three new
clients and re-signed a previous client.
Once again, Bob Little was the tenor soloist at the annual
Anglo-Latin American Foundation Carol Service in St James's Roman
Catholic Church, Spanish Place, in London's West End. Among the
congregation were a number of South American ambassadors, along with
members of the British aristocracy. In all, some 250 people attended
the service, which raised money to help children's charities in
ME Construction, a London-based specialist refurbishment
contractor, the UK's fastest growing privately owned construction
company and currently 93rd in the Fast Track 100 list, published in
The Sunday Times, engaged Bob Little Press & PR as its PR agency.
Bob Little, along with other professional and semi-professional
performers under the banner of The Little Singers performed a
concert at All Saints' Church in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, to
raise funds for The Children's Society.
Bob Little sang the role
of Alfred and, in Act II, also appeared as one of the 'star guests'
at the party in the opera, 'Die Fledermaus' (The Bat), written by
Johann Strauss II to a German libretto by Karl Haffner and Richard
Genιe. The opera was performed by The Pirton Players.
This month, Private Eye
(number 1339, page 16) magazine published a story from Bob Little.
It marks Bob's debut as a contributor to the Eye.
Bob Little sang in a concert raising funds (over £510) for the
charity, Christian Aid. The concert was held under the auspices of
the St Albans Music Club.
Bob Little sang the part
of John James Box, in a production of 'Cox & Box', at The Queen
Mother Theatre, in Hitchin. In addition to being booked to sing in
several concerts over the next few months, he is also scheduled to
sing the part of Alfred in a production of 'Die Fledermaus', in Pirton, in June.
Bob Little sang in a
number of carol services, including - as a soloist - at a service
arranged by the Anglo-Latin American Foundation which, since its
foundation in 1987, has raised nearly £400,000 for over 100
The service was held in St
James' Roman Catholic Church, Spanish Place, in London's West End.
Bob also sang in carol services in London's St
Martin's-in-the-Fields (with the London Transport Choir) and at All
Hallows by the Tower (with the Carmen Choir).
'Perspectives on Learning
Technologies', an e-book by Bob Little was published by the Endless
The e-book is also
available on Amazon at:
The price on Amazon is
£6.48 + VAT and the price on The Endless Bookcase is £6.28 + VAT.
Bob Little was asked to sing
the part of John James Box, in a production of 'Cox & Box', taking
place next spring at the Queen Mother Theatre, in Hitchin.
Bob Little was one of the
judges for this year's Training Journal (TJ) Awards which are due
to be presented at The Brewery, in London, in November.
Bob Little Press & PR client, Waste King, was featured in the
Daily Telegraph - see: http://bit.ly/PTHt55
The previous day, Waste King had been featured in an article in
the Appointments section of The
The following week - in the wake of this publicity - Waste King
directors, Glenn Currie and Andy Cattigan, were special guests on
the Nick Coffer Afternoon Show on BBC Three Counties Radio.
Bob Little performed in a concert in Hitchin as part of the
'Holiday at Home' programme for the town's senior citizens.
Bob Little was one of nine musicians - including the professional
actor, Stuart Nurse - who helped to raise £800 for the Children's
Society by performing in a fundraising concert at All Saints'
Bob Little made his debut
with Chambermade Opera - in a charity fund raising concert in Great
Missenden. Chambermade Opera is dedicated to raising funds for good
causes via its performances.
The Endless Bookcase published an e-book version of 'Edgar Evans -
Extempore', the biography of one of the founder principal singers of
the Royal Opera, at Covent Garden, after the War.
account of what national and international artistic life was like at
the time is interwoven with fascinating anecdotes about famous
people of the day set against a colourful local historic background.
For more details of the e-book (price £4.97), click
Bob Little has provided
the voiceover in English for a series of English/Czech language
e-learning products, marketed by EducationOnline.cz, a company based
in Risuty, in the Czech Republic. For a sample, visit
The Endless Bookcase
published Bob Little's (first) e-book. The e-book is called 'How
to get off the Sofa and Sing like a Professional (Opera) Singer'. It
is priced at £3.68 and is available from both Amazon and The Endless
Bookcase. For more details, visit
Bob Little sang at a number of concerts and special services,
including the annual Installation Service of officers for the
Worshipful Company of Carmen (held at St Bartholomew the Great
Church, in the City of London) and the Worshipful Company of
Carmen's Carol Service (held in Guy's Hospital Chapel, in London).
Bob Little broke new
ground by moving to the other side of the judges' desk - for the
first time ever - to co-present two shortlisted entries in The
Learning Awards (the winners' names are due to be announced in
February 2012). The judges for these awards - presented by the
Learning and Performance Institute - shortlisted Bob Little Press &
PR's Switzerland-based client goFLUENT in the Training Department of
the Year and Staff Development Programme of the Year categories.
Bob Little was appointed
as Chairman of EPICC, the commercial arm of Workplace Matters, an
ecumenical charity which takes Christian values into the workplace.
EPICC, which was launched officially in November, helps
organisations wanting to make the workplace a better place to be;
where people want to work because it gives them real meaning and
purpose; which enable people to develop to their full potential in
body, mind and spirit, and come to work as their complete selves.
Bob Little was one of the
judges for this year's Training Journal (TJ) Awards. Bob helped
to judge the Best e-learning Programme of the Year Award [The award
was won, at the TJ Awards Dinner in November, by Domino's Pizza
Group UK & Ireland Ltd].
Bob Little was one of eight musicians who helped to raise over
£1,000 for the Children's Society by performing in a fundraising
concert in July at All Saints' Church, Berkhamsted.
At the end of
the month, Bob sang a number of roles in
Putteridge Bury G&S Society's
production of The G&S Sketch Show' at Henlow Theatre, in
Bedfordshire, and then at the Pavilion Arts Centre in Buxton,
Derbyshire, as part of the Fringe at this year's
International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival.
It was Bob's debut as a soloist at this Festival.
The project management
training and development specialist, Project Agency, and Quasar, an
IT training specialist which recently launched a series of
video-based online learning materials, have become clients of Bob
Little Press & PR.
Bob Little was one of ten
musicians who helped to raise nearly £450 for Christian Aid by
performing in a fundraising concert in May for St Albans' Music
Club. During the previous week, Bob sang the role of Dick Dauntless
in Putteridge Bury G&S Society's production of 'Ruddigore' at the
Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin.
As a result of visiting the
Rev Michael Banfield and his chaplaincy team at Luton Airport last
summer - in his capacity as a Board Member of EPI Workplace
Ministry, the St Albans-based ecumenical charity which takes
Christian values into the workplace - Bob Little wrote a paper
setting out some 'standards' for establishing and running an airport
chaplaincy. This paper was, subsequently, published (online) and
has been used as a guideline in re-establishing the airport
chaplaincy at Melbourne Airport in Victoria, Australia.
Bob Little has been engaged to
sing in the opening concert of the Fringe at this year's
International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Buxton, Derbyshire,
being held in July and August. The concert - called 'The Gilbert
& Sullivan Sketch Show' - involves Bob in singing excerpts from the
Savoy operas, in the roles of Colonel Fairfax (The Yeomen of the
Guard), Richard Dauntless (Ruddigore), Strephon (Iolanthe), the
Defendant (Trial by Jury), Hilarion (Princess Ida) and Luiz (The
Bob Little sang with the
Carmen Choir - the choir of the Worshipful Company of Carmen - in
their first public performance. The choir sang at the Carmen
Company's Foundation Day and Rededication Service, held at St
Michael Paternoster Royal, in the city of London. The service is
held annually to commemorate the Foundation of the 'Fraternyte of
Seynt Katryne the Virgyn and Marter of Carters' on 19th March 1517,
from which the Carmen's Company originated. The service also
celebrates the life and work of the Company over the last 494 years.
The Paris-based - but globally
operating - business English language training company, goFLUENT,
engaged the PR services of Bob Little Press & PR.
Bob Little was elected a
Fellow of the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management (ISMM).
Bob Little chaired the European e-learning Summit, held in
Sheffield. The event, organised by Learning Light and supported by
learndirect and Creativesheffield, brought together Europe's top
e-learning strategists, content and systems developers.
Watch the video
Bob Little sang the part of Jesus in a performance of Roger Jones'
musical about the life of Peter - called 'Rock'. The performance
took place in St Albans. In December, Bob is scheduled to sing in a
concert of Gilbert & Sullivan excerpts in Ampthill, Bedfordshire.
Bob Little has been engaged to sing the part of Richard Dauntless in
a production of Gilbert & Sullivan's comic opera, 'Ruddigore', by
Putteridge Bury Gilbert & Sullivan Society.
The Guardian's Tuesday 12th October edition (Education Guardian,
page 9) carried a feature, by Louise Tickle, on Bob Little Press &
PR client Learning Light and the application - in Nigeria - of
e-learning materials its has developed to recycle electrical and
electronic waste safely. You can read the
Bob Little sang the part of Colonel Fairfax in Gilbert & Sullivan's
'The Yeomen of the Guard', in a production by the Putteridge Bury
Gilbert & Sullivan Society, at the Queen Mother Theatre, in Hitchin,
in October. More...
Bob Little Press & PR
partners Bob and Helen Little began writing and broadcasting a
weekly 'religious news round-up' programme on Radio Verulam (
www.radioverulam.com ) as part of the Faith Alive magazine show,
broadcast on Sunday afternoons. The five minute religious news
programme is broadcast around 2.10pm each Sunday.
Bob Little helped to raise nearly £900 for The Children's
Society by singing, as a soloist, in a charity concert at All
Saints' Church, Berkhamsted. Bob sang operatic excerpts from
composers including Handel, Bononcini, Mozart, Sullivan and Puccini,
as well as songs by Quilter and Loewe.
Bob Little Press & PR
joined the The Prince's Mayday Network (http://www.maydaynetwork.com/what-is-mayday).
Convened by Business in the
Community, the Network is a collaboration of businesses at all
stages on the low carbon journey.
Named after the international
'Mayday Mayday' distress signal and founded by HRH The Prince of
Wales in 2007, the Network's aim is to inspire, engage, support and
challenge as many businesses as possible as they work together
towards a sustainable future.
Bob Little took part -
via Skype - in a seminar for second year students of public
relations held at a university in Prague in the Czech Republic. Bob
took questions from the students - who are all from Belgium but who
are studying in the Czech Republic.
The seminar was conducted by
Dr Ladislava Knihova, who is on the staff of the university. Bob
discussed some of the general principles of PR, explored how PR has
changed in recent years with the advent of online PR and social
media, and answered some questions. A podcast of Bob's contribution
to the seminar is available here
For the second successive
year, Bob Little was asked to help judge the 'Best E-learning
Programme' category of the annual Training Journal (TJ) Awards. The
Awards will be presented, in London, on 21st September.
As if to confirm Bob
Little Press & PR (BLPPR)'s worldwide credentials, the BLPPR website
has been visited in the last month by viewers in 25 countries
covering all the world's continents except for Antarctica.
To date, the UK leads the way
with 59% of the visitors to the website, followed by the USA (12%),
India (11%) and the Czech Republic (5%). Next on the list comes
Eire, France and Canada.
Bob Little has been
engaged to sing the part of Colonel Fairfax in Putteridge Bury
Opera's production of 'The Yeomen of the Guard'.
Bob Little played the roles of the disciples Peter and Thaddeus
in a new play for radio about The Crucifixion. The play, which
was recorded in March, was broadcast in April on Good Friday on
Radio Verulam. Helen Little was also in the cast playing the role
of a serving girl.
Putteridge Bury Gilbert & Sullivan Society recruited Bob Little
to play the role of Luiz in its production of Gilbert & Sullivan's
opera, 'The Gondoliers', scheduled for performance in April.
Bob Little was admitted to the
Freedom of the City of London by Redemption and also admitted into
the Livery of the Worshipful Company of Carmen by Redemption.
According to the City of
London's website 'One of the oldest surviving traditional
ceremonies still in existence today is the granting of the Freedom
of the City of London. It is believed that the first Freedom
was presented in 1237.'
The website also says:
'Although the Freedom is not an honour or award except in the case
of Honorary Freedom, many people who have lived or worked in the
City are proud to become part of the City's history by becoming
freemen. The Freedom remains a unique slice of London history and
the City of London is keen to maintain it as a living tradition.'
Bob Little was elected and
admitted as a Freeman to the Worshipful Company of Carmen.
The Worshipful Company of Carmen
is one of the Livery Companies of the City of London. Originally the
City's carters, 'carmen' were first recorded in London in 1277.
The Carmen's Guild was founded in
1517. It became a Livery Company in 1848 and received chartered status
in 1946. In particular, the Company supports the transport industry.
Bob Little sang the part of Earl
Tolloller in a production of Gilbert & Sullivan's opera, 'Iolanthe',
performed by the Radlett Light Operatic Society.
The Daily Mirror's Thursday 23rd July edition (page 50) carried a
feature on Bob Little Press & PR client Basil Plews and his new book on
buying a franchise, 'The Franchise Way'.
The specialist healthcare quality, innovation and productivity
improvement enabler, Amnis, appointed Bob Little Press & PR as its PR
agency. Amnis, has recently reported strong growth over the past year.
In particular, the company has seen its annual turnover rise by 60 per
cent and gross profit rise by some 15 per cent, with the strongest
growth in its training and transformational change support areas.
Bob Little was appointed Consultant Editor on Learning and Technology
for HR-eXceL newsletter, a fortnightly publication produced in
Singapore to serve readers throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Bob Little has been asked to sing the part of Earl Tolloller in a
production of Gilbert & Sullivan's comic and satirical - opera
'Iolanthe' by the Radlett Light Operatic Society.
Bob Little appeared - as one of
The Little Singers - in a concert at The Archway Theatre in Horley,
Surrey, on 14th June.
Later in the month, Bob attended
the Training Journal Awards, at The Commonwealth Club, Northumberland
Bob Little returned to Radio
Verulam (92.6FM and
www.radioverulam.com) to co-present the 'Faith Alive' radio
magazine programme with Elspeth Jackman.
Bob Little was the tenor soloist at a concert, held on 9th May at St
Paul's Church, St Albans, to raise funds for Christian Aid. The event
raised over £430 for the charity.
Bob Little was asked to help judge the 'Best E-learning Programme'
category of this year's Training Journal (TJ) Awards. The Awards
will be presented, in London, on 23rd June.
Bob Little was the guest on
'Tracks of your life', a Radio Verulam (92.6FM and
www.radioverulam.com) programme where a guest talks about his/her
life and chooses relevant music. The programme was broadcast on Sunday
Bob Little returned to Radio Verulam (92.6FM and
www.radioverulam.com) on Sunday 15th February to co-present a
one-hour radio magazine programme with Elspeth Jackman. Called 'Faith
Alive', the programme had a Valentine's Day theme.
Bob Little chaired the Tata Interactive Higher Education Forum at the
Tanaka Business School within Imperial College, London, on 29th March.
At the Forum, e-learning specialists from a number of higher education
institutions including the London School of Economics, the Open
University, De Montfort University and Cranfield University as well as
Imperial College, London, debated key issues relating to e-learning
within the higher education sphere.
Then, after having attended almost every eLearning Network(eLN) meeting
held over the last 14 years, Bob was asked to make his debut as chair
of the eLN's March meeting (held in London on 31st March). The meeting
examined new technologies in learning.
Bob Little chaired
Tata Learning Forum (TLF) for Australasia, held in Sydney, New
South Wales, Australia. This TLF is one of a series of similar
conferences, now being held regularly around the world, which bring
together thought leaders in the fields of training and online
In February 2005, Bob chaired the TLF, at the Hilton Hotel, in
Hyde Park, in London.
TLF events are organised by Tata Interactive Systems (TIS) (www.tatainteractive.com),
the global e-learning producer, and attendance is by invitation only.
October 2005: Bob Little presented the inaugural E-Learning
hosted by E-Learning Age magazine (www.elearningage.co.uk)
in association with the eLearning Network (www.elearningnetwork.org),
at a gala dinner held at the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington, London.
In addition to the awards, which were sponsored by City & Guilds, the
evening provided an opportunity to raise over £1,600 for the charity,
Ability Net (www.abilitynet.org.uk)
a UK charity which aims to bring the benefits of computer technology
to adults and children with disabilities.
Vaughan Waller, chairman of the eLearning Network (ELN), the UK's
leading professional association for users and developers of
e-learning, whose members helped to judge the entries and arrive at the
shortlist, explained: The primary objective of the e-Learning Awards
is to recognise excellence in the e-learning industry publicly
acknowledging the programmes, projects and strategies which have
enjoyed the greatest success this year.
"Crucially, the e-Learning Awards recognise contributions through the
eyes of learners themselves - the users - as well as the suppliers. In
this way, the awards ceremony both recognises unique, outstanding work
and reflects the impartiality of the ELN and the Awards' co-sponsors,
e.Learning Age magazine."