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Arrested Development

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According to Dr. Maria Montessori, one of the ways children can discover and develop their independence is through regular participation in household chores. I’ve just seen a guide for age appropriate tasks, like putting toys in a box (age 2/3) raking leaves and emptying the dishwasher (age 6/7) all the way to shopping for groceries

Sugar is the new Cocaine

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I am confused. Surely the epitome of evil is skinny. Witness the green and bony fingers of the Wicked Witch of the West, her alter-ego, the trim waisted, dog hating, cycling spinster, pinch faced, riding along on thin air, shrill mocking laughter, with a terrified Toto inside her empty basket. How can we forget the

Living D’reckly

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The South-Africans say Just Now, which could mean anytime, even things that happen in the past. Bonkers. I think it really is less of a word and more a notion, just like Mañana, and that word loosely translated to Cornish becomes D’reckly. Now this fabulous colloquial expression is the easiest way to describe the laid back temperament of the West Country. The

Inefficiency Pervades All

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  So there I was. Waiting. Patiently. Ok, not all that patiently, and in truth, I wasn’t exactly standing by the front door while looking at my watch. In fact, I was unpacking yet another box; this one containing a bizarre assortment of last year’s National Geographic, a box of essential oils, a wooden backgammon board, mismatched

Watch Out!

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My country friends tell me that they find towns far too noisy, and love the quiet out here, but I think they must all be bonkers, as I have found this to be completely the opposite. The wind howling down through the valley is positively deafening. The clattering of the vents in the kitchen and

Christmas Without Central Heating

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It was far from a Dickensian Christmas at my house, but I did write this feeling slightly less than festive, sitting beside my wood-burning stove; the only means I had to warm myself. Oh, no fear, I contemplated, ” Should I burn the last of the logs, and still feel the winter chill, I do

Lee Clarke

Mastermind Strategy

Posted: | In: Seed Pearl

Please enjoy this excellent guest post by Lee Clarke, our most treasured Black Pearl.   The Black Pearl Strategy Lunch today was a great success, made so by the people who came along. What was interesting about this is every one of us has made worthwhile connections through The Oyster Club, and started building on

Selfie

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In order to promote a most worthy campaign to raise a small fortune for the purchase of Van Dyck’s self-portrait, the National Portrait Gallery has got down with the people, and on the website, calls this seminal work a “Selfie.” I think the word is rather fun, although slightly misleading. Much thought, energy and originality has gone into

What To Say At Funerals

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  Have you ever had a comedy accident? Yesterday, in great haste, I pulled on my jumper, and while yanking one item of clothing down or up (I’m not sure, too many winter layers) I ran my thumb nail across my forehead, causing a Harry Potter style gash. It sliced open like a peach, and

There Is Nothing New Under The Sun

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Following a most civilised Twitter debate, I was prompted to consider the repurposing of written work, i.e. is re-using one’s own material an economical use of time, or is it plain lazy? And, what constitutes an original idea anyway? I was always told if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. In other words, if something works, why

 
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