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The problem with good ideas

Once upon a time I really wanted to be on the telly. I even had an agent and made a couple of pilots. It didn’t happen (I’m delighted). One day I met the head of a major TV production company and arrived prepared with an array of amazing TV show ideas. After 15 minutes of […]

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Time for some abscission

Last weekend Christine looked out of the window and declared, ‘Oh no, they’re all gone’. I wasn’t sure if she was referring to the neighbours, the cars or the sheep! Turns out she was talking about the leaves. It’s not like it’s a surprise; leaves leave trees. But why so quick? It’s down to abscission, […]

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General Election

Readers in the UK can’t help but notice that there’s, let’s say, a tad of political turmoil at the moment. Readers outside of the UK – you’ve seen it too? This election looks set to be the dirtiest, most negative ever. Just great, eh? In my journal last night I wrote this… 3 ways I […]

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Kindness

Kindness is one of the most amazing qualities a person can have. And it costs…? Nothing. So why is it such an effort (for some people) to be kind? I think I’ve worked it out. Perhaps it’s harder to be kind than (no, not nasty) neutral. No one thinks they’re being nasty… ignoring a homeless […]

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My Billion Dollar Dream

I always sleep with a notepad and pen close to hand. I’ve remembered important information, have come up with creative ideas and documented some pretty whacky dreams. Last weekend, Christine looked at my pad and asked what I’d been writing. I had no idea. Could it have been a billion-dollar idea I’d had during my sleep? After […]

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Lessons learned walking the Wall

Last week Christine and I walked the Hadrian’s Wall Path.  Reviewing my journal, I’d learned a few lessons. Many can be linked to business, relationships, love and many other areas of life.  Here’s my top 10. 1) Signs lie.  At the start (in Wallsend) the sign says ‘Bowness on Solway 85 miles’.  It’s closer to 100. It’s […]

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I apologise

Please don’t ever say those words. If you need to say you’re sorry – say, ‘I’m sorry’. Last week I had a telephone conversation with Blood Donors.  They called me. I do want to give blood. I know how important it is to give blood. Unfortunately, right now they won’t take my blood as I’ve had regular acupuncture. In my experience, when Blood Donors call, their […]

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7 signs of maturity

1. You forgive more often 2. You respect difference 3. You’re critical less and open-minded more 4. You don’t compare yourself to others 5. You find the good in people and speak nicely about them behind their backs 6. You choose to be happy, humble and helpful 7. You speak when you can make a difference […]

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3/4 of English children spend less time…

What? Last week, when I read Erling Kagge’s beautiful book ‘Walking – one step at a time’, I was shocked and (strangely) not surprised to discover the answer. 3/4 of English children spend less time outdoors than prison inmates in the same country. Wow! While we’re complaining about the condition of convicts, we’re subjecting our children to […]

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Nervcited

‘I’m nervcited’. I heard this yesterday when I was sharing tools on how to instantly turn being nervous to being excited. It’s new word created by the daughter of one my clients as she was about to start her first term at ‘big school’. I think it’s lovely. When exploring your state, there’s not much difference […]

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