To Soho and back

  It’s rare that I get to visit London for anything other than a same-day return and a two-hour business meeting, but this past weekend I was fortunate to have a spare couple of days to visit my friend Suzi. A long-time resident of Wanstead (that’s East London to anyone unfamiliar), and a family friend

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Hunger

  I was finishing work on a client’s end of year review when Jeremy Vine announced that today he’d be covering the subject of diets. Do they work or are they just a monumental waste of time, he pondered? Don’t worry, Jezza wasn’t paying us a visit at the office or anything. In standard workplace

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Love, marriage, gin & tonic

  Despite having entered the age bracket where reproduction is basically obligatory, and pyjamas by 6:30pm is socially acceptable, on occasion I’m still invited out of the house to celebrate the fact that two adult humans have opted to spend the rest of their lives together. On Saturday (16th Feb), I was lucky enough to

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Stop it and tidy up

  I’m not sure whether it’s because I’m getting older, but lately I’ve found myself with an insatiable desire to get my shit together. There was a time when the mere idea of having a ‘routine’ on the weekend bored me to tears. What’s the use in having a routine when you could be hit

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Stuff Sam Says: Part 4 – Individual liberty and freedom

  It’s been a pretty good start to the year for Sam. He’s returned to school with all the enthusiasm you can expect from an 8-year-old. He’s firing through maths and English like Oscar Pistorius through a bathroom door, and this year he’s going on his first grown-up holiday abroad with his mum and some

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The trouble with job interviews

When the story of one woman’s humiliating and tortuous two-hour job interview began doing the rounds last week, it got me thinking about the whole awkward and often drawn out process of looking for a job. Graduate Olivia Bland had high hopes about Web Applications UK. She’d survived stage one of the interview process and

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A Week in the Life of a Senior B2B PR Manager: Working 9:00-5:30

  It’s not enough these days to go home of a weekend knowing that you’ve done a good job throughout the week and tell no-one but your husband and the cats. Success and public profile go hand-in-hand; every good PR professional knows this. But what about the art of PR’ing ourselves – the PR people?

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Booking a holiday: The January Ritual

  It’s the annual ritual in our house. Three weeks into the New Year, with no money and the January blues in full swing, there’s only one thing on our (mostly my) mind. Escape. The conversation normally goes something like this:   Me: “Let’s book a holiday soon.” Him: “Let’s assess our finances fir…” Me:

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What’s been on’t screen: Bandersnatch, Manhunt, Sex Education

  Considering how much telly I watch, I’m surprised I haven’t churned out more of these posts by now; but truth be told I’m often watching too much telly to find the time. There’s been some bloody good stuff floating around of late, so I thought I’d give my honest review of what I’ve been

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Highlights from the family WhatsApp group

  WhatsApp is both a blessing and a curse. You can keep in touch with your nearest and dearest daily (without paying text message premiums), but it’s also another outlet via which people can let you know what they’re having for tea, whether you like it or not. A few years ago, we decided it

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