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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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I didn’t know – but it had already killed

We’re lucky enough to be the custodians of an almost 200 year old house. There’s always something to do and a few weeks ago it was tackling ivy. I went at it with gusto, filling several dumpy bags and making numerous trips to the tip. ‘Yep, me again’. Whilst hacking for Britain, I noticed there was an […]

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Pavlov’s iPhone

I did it. I actually did it. This summer I achieved a… drum roll… digital detox! And it was like coming off crack. In August, we shared a week of our summer break with friends. We had a great time; mainly lying on beaches, eating amazing food and drinking G&T. One night, the conversation turned […]

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Why this will be your last newsletter

… until September. I love to take a break and deciding to take August off was one of our greatest decisions. Reading. Days out. Pottering in the garden. Tidying the garage. (Well actually not tidying the garage – it’s a holiday not a penance) Just as farmers leave fields to lie fallow, I will be attempting […]

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The Heat

Britain is in the grip of a heat wave – and we just can’t cope. On Tuesday evening we were trapped on a LNER East Coast Train for six hours with (what felt like) seventeen thousand other passengers. I witnessed a ‘gentle’man verbally assaulting a fellow passenger because she was ‘sitting in my seat’. Regretfully, […]

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Ten-Year-Old Entrepreneurs

Picture this. Dozens of kids, picking up litter, politely engaging with adults and making money. These mini eco-entrepreneurs were paid 10p for every can, cup and carton they collected. And 20p for a plastic wine bottle! It happened at the OnBlackheath Festival last weekend. But not all kids were involved.  Some just ate crisps and ice-cream, while […]

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How I would save UK Retail

On its knees! Amazon has killed our retailers! The high street is dying! The hyperbole is increasing daily and the solution is complex. But how about we start with this …. Retail Staff – instead of chatting to your mates – how about doing some selling and serving? Is it just me, or has the […]

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In Severe Pain

The strangest thing happened last week. I was on a train, heading to an event and reading… Totally engaged in the moment. Then my state was broken. A crew member was asking if I’d like a coffee. And then it happened… Searing pain in my left hand. The reason? I was pressing the space between […]

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