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Is this the best letter to Santa

My wonderful Godson Jack is bang in the middle of a most magical age.  Young enough to really believe, old enough to know what he wants. His mum and dad shared his letter to Santa, or as Jack calls him (as it’s a formal letter) St Nicholas.  I think it’s brilliant. Here you go:   To St Nicholas Please may […]

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The Ego has Landed

We were being driven to a venue for a tech set up and sound check on Monday night when Christine suddenly exclaimed, ‘Wow, look at that!’ I was searching for the Newcastle United team news and my head was buried in my mobile. If it wasn’t for Mrs H’s eagle eye I could have missed […]

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I’ve run out of words

I was talking to a coaching client this week who confessed that often, as she gets towards the end of a day, she feels like she’s literally run out of words. Know that feeling? The average person speaks 16,000 words per day. Bearing in mind that over 15,000 people read these newsletters, that’s an amazing […]

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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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