Archive for 2011

How hard can it be to get a tree?

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I wanted a tree with a root this year. Surely it would hold its pine needles better, then I could plant it in the woods somewhere, afterwards.

3 B&Q, 2 Sainsburys, 1 Tesco and a garden centre later I surrendered and bought a tree that had been cut. It was dark, cold and not feeling much like Christmas by the time we finished. Six and half hours of my life had disappeared.

I had seen the original rooted trees in B&Q a ...

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How was bulbous?

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I have this new “smart” phone that thinks it’s cleverer than it really is. It seems to think that it knows what I want to say and even if I do manage to hit the right keys in the right order – it auto-corrects and replaces my perfectly good word – with something it thinks more appropriate.

I just asked my business partner Loran Northey how her “bulbous” session went at the weekend? I meant her hypno-session. Okay maybe I should ...

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Should I send Cards?

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What is the etiquette these days? Should I send cards?

Last year I was feeling really bar humbug and didn’t send anyone cards except my immediate family. I posted a message on Facebook and sent a text to a few friends that was all. I broke the mould or pattern of hours of writing cards.

Pros – saving money, saving trees, saved my tongue from licking stamps,

Cons – lack of that Christmas tradition – ...

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Who are you?

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Are you Lady Gaga or One Direction? I had the music video channel on yesterday as I rearranged the front room to make way for an accidentally over large Christmas tree, when I noticed that, all bar one of the members of the group, One Direction had comb-overs!

Now I don’t know about you but that was something grandfathers (and some others) did to hide hair loss. So why were teenage lads doing it? In fact, I then started ...

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Rip off Britain – earning commission

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Fortunately I didn’t watch to the whole programme. While there are definitely cases where people are conned and preyed upon by unscrupulous traders that we need to be aware off. There is also the fact that we need to take responsibility for the decisions we make.The piece that annoyed me in the programme came towards the end when someone was talking about mortgage rates and the early redemption penalties that banks charge if ...

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What keeps you motivated?

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I wrote a blog for Virgin about active responsibility but the underlying message was the concept of values. We all value something; each of us gives different values and weights to different things. That was really clear to me in the Money programme on BBC 2 Tuesday 29th (one of 3 parts).

The successful people and gurus/ experts were asked what do you spend your money on and each one said nothing really – there ...

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I like watching TV

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I find it relaxes me after a head of busy thoughts all day – but not when the programme presents a view I disagree with!

Who watched “Money” on BBC2 Tuesday 29.11.11? The outcome of that episode …

A – spend money on personal development and wealth, get rich courses and you will just have credit card debts, remain poor and be fooling yourself

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B – it’s not about money it’s about time ...

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Changes to housing benefits – will that mean more babies?

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Recent announced changes to Local Housing Allowance may have a dramatic effect on population growth and has been underestimated by the government.

From January 2012 new claimants under the age of 35years old will no longer be entitled to the one bed self-contained rate (ie one bed flat rate which on my patch is £90 per week) they will only be entitled to a shared rated of £56pw. So what does this mean?

To landlords and ...

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Button, DRS, KERS and Huna

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I recently read a great little book “Create your Desires and fulfil your dreams” by Donald Upton – a remarkable man, one of the original founders of the (now) College of Osteopaths in 1966, well-educated and read naturopath and my friend’s grandfather.

The book turned out to be an easy explanation of Huna, a belief system initially held by the Kahunas (mostly Hawaiian people). It was like a missing piece of a jigsaw puzzle for me and ...

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Embracing new technology Part 1

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2011 has been my foray into the 21st century, some may point out its 11 years later but I say there are still 89 years to go so I am ahead of schedule. 18 months ago Thomas Power said get a Blackberry as I-phones and other androids (get me with the language) were not user friendly – sadly I ignored him. I have clung ferociously to my Nokia 6310 as a dear and droppable friend.

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