Diary of a YouTube rabbit hole: The Christopher Watts Case

  As a follower of true crime, YouTube is the temple at which I conduct my daily worship – and this past week has been no exception. Whilst admittedly there is a plethora of utter nonsense that exists on the interweb, for those of us who have a yearning to understand what drives people to

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Season’s Bleatings: A PR person’s guide to Christmas

  It’s the most wonderful time of the year and yet, for those of us working in PR agencies, it’s fair to say that Christmas generally adds an unwanted dash of chaos to proceedings no matter how prepared you think you are for every eventuality. Last week was a particularly eventful one for me for

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Train trauma: UK rail fares on the rise, but don’t worry – the service is still terrible

  Of all the farcical announcements that are made on a weekly basis about our country and how it’s run, last week’s news that train prices will be going up by 3.1% from 2nd January 2019 really takes the biscuit… In a move that can only be described as outrageous (yes, I am outraged, not

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An amateur traveller’s review of Mexico: Sunshine, civilisations and tequila…

  I was lucky enough to visit Mexico for the very first time this year. A much-needed break that couldn’t come around quickly enough. If you’ve never been to Mexico, it’s likely that your first thoughts on it as a country stem from what you may have seen on fictionalised television dramas…much of it unfair

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Stuff Sam says: Part 2

  We are now careening towards Christmas at break-neck speed, which means one of several things. On Boxing Day my nephew, Sam, will morph into an eight-year-old. I still vividly remember the day that my sister told me that she was expecting. I was stood in the kitchen of the house I was sharing with

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‘Tis the season: Battle of the Christmas adverts

  It has begun. It’s just over five weeks until the most wonderful time of the year, and Britain’s biggest retailers have fired the starting pistol of over-spending, over-eating and general over-indulgence that can only be enjoyed during that most festive of times. Christmas. It’s difficult to remember exactly when it all started, but I’m

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Stress ‘ed: A nod to National Stress Awareness Day

  I know I’m a little late to the party on this as National Stress Awareness Day was on Wednesday (7th November), but I couldn’t let the week go by without acknowledging it…     Sound familiar? We’re living in an ‘always on’ culture. Where smartphones have made it impossible to switch off and answering

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Universal truths of air travel: an infographic

  There are few things in life that I love more than travelling – except perhaps my husband and our cats. For many people travel is an escape from the humdrum of everyday life; a way of meeting new people, experiencing new things, and counting down towards a bit of excitement. At 31, I’ve been

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What’s been on’t screen: 7 days of (mostly) TV

  I’m going to start this post by saying that I’m aware that I’m no TV critic – even though I watch a hell of a lot of it. Like most people I’m usually knee deep in Netflix of a weekend and can binge watch a box set with the best of them, but I

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Astoundingly awkward meeting scenarios that should never be allowed to happen

  If you’ve ever attended a business meeting of any kind, you’ll be familiar with the grinding tedium that can ensue when a group of people are thrown together in one room and forced to make decisions and/or eye contact. In an age where most conversations now take place over email, you can sometimes forgive

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