Archive for December, 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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