Can you smell the roses?

What is the smell

The human body is designed to sweat. As well as being one of the mechanisms to excrete toxins from the body it’s important for regulating the body’s temperature. Huge under-arm sweat patches are not attractive in any outfit and, consequently, the deodorant and antiperspirant market is big business. In most…

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A healthy breakfast smoothie

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Fortunately we know this thanks to a 1917 issue of Good Health magazine, edited by Dr J H Kellogg. Some years later this fact was brought to a wider audience by another company with a product to sell, General Foods. Many…

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You’re hired… perhaps


This week I did something I’ve not done for about 15 years. Last time I was very nervous, this time there was only the mildest of flutterings. In the latter part of 2001 I attended an interview for my first ever IT job. Having a degree in Civil Engineering I…

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I give up. What’s the point of Lent?

No chocolate

Words spoken with an air of superiority, paraded like a badge of honour, “I’m giving up chocolate for Lent.” Yet the pat on the tummy reveals a truer motive, “I need to shift these last few pounds.” The fasting of Lent is simply a second chance for the weak-willed. A…

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One important lesson from two of earth’s richest men

telescope and city

It was on Friday the 5th of July that Warren Buffett and Bill Gates met for the first time in 1991. Buffett had little interest in Gates, who was 25 years his junior, except for the fact they were neck-and-neck in the Forbes rich-list. And as for computers? Forget it.…

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Mary, Mary, how does your garden grow?

Flower garden

I have a garden. I am not a gardener. Sure, I like to potter about the garden, to make it look good. But I don’t really know what I’m doing. If the plants can’t survive periods of neglect followed by severe pruning they’re obviously not hardy enough! Recently we took…

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Memories are made with people

Memories. Travelling back through time collecting photographs. People, places, moments. Images pinned to a board. Each photograph a reminder, a milestone on my journey. The pin board a map of my life, a brief history of me. Looking at a “history of me” it is easier to see how far…

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Killing me softly with his words

Image of pocket knife

Your words have incredible power; power to harm but, thankfully, to bring healing too. It was not the first time; her eyes showed the pain. His jokes, a razor-sharp knife, plunged deep into her soul. That moment, I saw it; nervous laughter, her life gone, she had died. I shifted…

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