• Resources for calm, growth and self-reflection during isolation

    Right now, the current situation looks different for many people, with some people completely self-isolating (…

  • What makes a good life?

    One of the podcasts I particularly enjoy is The Good Life Unravelled by Elizabeth Dhokia.  …

  • Eat: Outside-In Food Court, Portsmouth

    Going out for dinner, or even ordering take-away inevitably results in a stand-off between Liam …

  • Why can’t I relax and do nothing?

    I remember some years ago a work colleague mentioned to me that she had gone …

  • How to avoid colds and flu
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    How to avoid colds and flu

    It’s only been in the last few days that the temperatures have seemed to really plummet and I’ve found myself increasingly wanting to hide under a duvet with a good book (who am I kidding? I always want to do…

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    There are still fireworks
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    There are still fireworks

    Even though it is not yet November there are still fireworks.  The people who live down the street bought them early, and maybe they were burning a hole in their pockets.  They streak into the sky on a mild October…

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    Dare to bare: make-up free me, and how I protect my skin
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    Dare to bare: make-up free me, and …

    I think I put my skin through the wringer a little, all things considered.  I work in an air-conditioned office and live in the city centre.  I sleep with the windows and balcony doors open and live in a flat…

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    Pure unadulterated joy
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    Pure unadulterated joy

    I’m attending a friend’s hen do somewhere suitably off-grid in Somerset – a large house that accommodates all 16 of us, with a garden full of pear trees (and an accompanying swarm of wasps for whom this glut is irresistible). …

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    Dating – my experiences, and my dealbreakers
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    Dating – my experiences, and my dealbreakers

    There’s a line in a wonderful piece that Caitlin Moran wrote called ‘posthumous advice to my daughter’ that I often think of if I’m anxious about being in an environment with people I don’t know very well.  She says: “Whenever…

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