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TOOLS OF THE TRADE

09/12/12

Do you ever get the feeling that everyone else knows stuff that you don’t? It happens to me all the time but of particular interest to me today is the…

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THE ALL INCLUSIVE DILEMMA

09/04/12

I like holidays. That sounds trite – who doesn’t? But I really like them and will sacrifice whatever is required during the course of the year to ensure that I…

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LIFE WITH NO INTERNET

08/31/12

I am on a volcanic island off Senegal. Barring an airport, a couple of small towns and our hotel there’s not much here. There are no native mammals except the…

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DREAMS AND DEDICATION

08/13/12

The country is buzzing with a positive post-Olympics glow and the message is loud and clear. If you really want to do it then you can. All it takes to…

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STRESSED? MOI?!

08/09/12

‘Why do you always get so stressed just before we go on holiday Mum?’ asks teenage daughter. ‘It makes everyone else stressed you know?’‘I don’t really know darling,’ I reply…

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OLYMPIC LEGACIES?

08/06/12

I’ve been to the Olympics! Can you believe that? Well, if you know me you may find it slightly surprising. Sport really isn’t something that occupies my mind in any…

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FORBIDDING FIFTY SHADES

07/25/12

What do we think about controlling what our children read?I know that many people would be grateful if their children just picked up a book. My brood contains both voracious…

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FIFTY SHADES OF CONTROVERSY

07/19/12

It’s months since I first heard about “Fifty Shades of Grey”, the recent publishing phenomenon. As you might expect, anyone who gets a result with self-publication tends to catch my…

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PLOTTING IN THE SUN

07/04/12

My course is over for the summer and so, instead of spending my time reading other people’s books, it’s time to turn my attention to my own. I began book…