Etymology

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I always loved Kinder Surprise Eggs. Since 1974 those clever people at Ferrero have delighted us with yummy two-tone chocolate ova containing nearly impenetrable yellow plastic eggs, and inside that, fiddly little snap together toys. I never worked out that 3-in-1 deal. They claimed that it was chocolate, surprise and toy; but although we knew

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Fish Finger Mentality

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In social cyber space, a thespian friend of mine and supporter of local shops fell out with another Twit(erer) over Iceland. How anyone can actually feel much emotion over a such a cold and anonymous supermarket is beyond me, but I when I questioned this strange allegiance, I was rather forcefully assured that supporting local

A Thought On Valentine’s Day

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A NOD TO VALENTINE’S DAY. YOU DIDN’T THINK I’D FORGOTTEN, DID YOU? “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal.

A Write of Passage

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It turns out that two of my three children will experience an official Rite of Passage this year. Personally, I don’t think these official ones mean all that much. They often come and go, with very little in the way of marking the event, other than a hugely expensive party, and a bunch of garish

Dog Days

Dog Days

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Could it really be that we are having the sort of summer that hardly ever happens? The one where the sun predictably shines almost every day? The one where we actually feel hot, and the night skies are so clear we can stargaze to our heart’s content? We’ve long past the Solstice, and now we

Telling Lies

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Have you ever been captivated by a pair of beautiful eyes? I have. They were golden and deep and full of meaning. And they held my attention, as does a Catherine Wheel, or a bolt of lightening, or the sun setting over the sea. Those sorts of eyes can change your life. They certainly changed

The Trust Issue

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There are many faces of betrayal, from friends to burglary, and everything in-between. From the moment we are born, we are encouraged to trust. In a quite possibly hostile world, our mothers  – for most of us, though tragically not all – are the first human beings in whom we can not only trust, but

Where Were You This Morning?

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I belong to a website where people ask each other interesting questions. You know the sort of thing; what are the best rock lyrics ever written, why is mega a better superlative than awesome, what is the best blender for chefs, and How effective is helpareporter.com? It’s a brilliant site that can keep you absorbed

Pedantic Semantics

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Following yet another rant about swearing on social media, I am reminded of a blog I wrote a little while ago. Here it is, because I haven’t changed my mind… Reading a delightful vintage book on Etiquette the other day reminded me of how the English language is constantly changing and developing. The book is written in

What To Wear When Networking

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People often ask me what they should wear when out networking. Although I am somewhat reluctant to be considered sensible, I would hate you to have another moment’s conundrum, so I will endeavour to be as helpful as I possibly can. Dress as you want others to perceive you; it is as simple as that.

 
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