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Social booking tags and a Daily Mugshot

I sometimes lie in bed and think how dull my life would be if I had never started writing my blog, meeting so many interesting people, making friends with virtual strangers (not as sad as it sounds), receiving great invitations and now looking forward to exciting new opportunities which are just around the corner. Some of you may know I have Geoff to thank for this, he launched me and my blog...
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Prince Harry and the Taliban

Should we worry about Prince Harry having some action in Afghanistan and firing at the Taliban? After all, he didn’t sign up to sit behind a desk all day. My only concern is that his presence could attract a threat from terrorists and put the lives of his colleagues even more at risk. Other than that, we should let him get on with doing “his bit” alongside his comrades and...
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Will you pay 5p for a plastic bag?

A round of applause to M & S for charging food shoppers 5p for a plastic bag and giving the money to an environmental charity. Will you pay 5p? I bet you won’t. You will take a reusable bag. That has been the experience  in the Republic of Ireland, where a plastic bag levy was implemented in 2002. It’s a hot topic up for discussion on Newsnight tonight. I hope their...
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The job I didn’t get

I was reading the latest story yesterday from the Campaign to  Protect Rural England and it reminded me of how I once applied for a job as their regional press officer, but didn’t get it. It was a part-time job which paid peanuts. The interview involved writing a test press release and being grilled by three officers who had travelled from London to Cambridgeshire. After having my two...
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Did the earth move for you last night?

Am I alone in having slept through last night’s earthquake, along with my two sons, while my husband who stayed over in Colchester was woken with an almighty jolt and a shaking bed, and my sister in Wisbech felt the tremors too, her wardrobe door flung open and everything around her shook and shuddered? I was blissfully unaware of this chaos on my doorstep, said to be the biggest...
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Do you txt + drv?

I was really surprised when I read the findings of a Facebook study conducted by the RAC Foundation on how almost half of Britain’s morotists txt + drv at the same time. I’ve written the results in a press release for them which is published today and realise that I must be included in that figure, that I leave my mobile switched on when driving and will check any messages that ping...
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Does Prozac work for you?

There are some confusing headlines in today’s papers which will send the manufacturers of Prozac and other antidepressants in a spin. A clinical trial has concluded that placebos worked as effectively as anti-depressants. Researchers found that the drugs had no more effect than a placebo for mildly depressed patients, and for most people suffering severe depression. So does this mean that...
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Govt PR for maths, science and languages, and Uni drop out figures

It seems government’s solution to make maths, science and languages more appealing for school kids is to hire PR agencies. I find it absurd that Ed Balls’ Department for Children, Schools and Families is launching two major PR drives to encourage teenagers to study these subjects. A report in the latest PR Week states how two PR agencies have been hired to improve the popularity of...
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We all love Brucie

There can’t be an octogenarian in the land who doesn’t envy Bruce Forsyth’s energy and panache, his quick wit and adoring family. There is lots we can learn from Brucie about old age, that music, laughter and love is the recipe for enduring happiness and good health. both physically and mentally. I particularly liked the fact that at his star studded 80th birthday party held at...
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Helping feed the world in future years

Here is one very good reason why we need to promote science in our schools and keep our scientists in Britain – to work on ground-breaking, innovating research projects which will help feed the world’s expanding population in future years by tackling some of the most damaging and widespread pests, diseases and harsh environmental conditions which can devastate crop yields. Twelve...
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An amazing year so far

I have had an amazing year so far, and it isn’t even the end of February. I frequently receive fabulous invitations to meet the kind of people I would never normally rub shoulders with – and it’s all thanks to writing my blog. It’s also due to my blog that I shall be writing a book soon, if all goes to plan, thanks to the support of fellow blogger Richard Havers. (pic) I...
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My big challenge today

I watched David Dimbleby on Question Time particularly closely last night because I am in the hot seat today chairing a discussion with the Archbishop of York and Cambridge entrepreneurs. I really enjoy meeting inspirational people, and I know they will not be in short supply today. It is the first time I have ever done anything like this, I am well out of my comfort zone, but I accepted it as a...
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My call from CNN

I had a call from CNN yesterday about the American elections. After an internet search on this subject , they were alerted to my blog, perhaps the recent post I wrote asking my fellow Toatmasters to imagine they were a presidential candidate. A reporter called Summer wanted to know my views about wives who walked behind their presidential candidate husbands. I had no idea this was a big issue...
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Science projects help developing world

I am in London today at the launch of 12 new science research projects awarded £7 million to tackle some of the most damaging and widespread pests, diseases and harsh environmental conditions which can devastate crop yields across the developing world. One award has been given to the National Institute of Agricultural Botany who I am working with at the moment, but I cannot say more right...
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Just imagine you are President of the United States…

At Cambridge Speakers’ Club last night, part of Toastmasters’ International, I performed the role of Table Topics Master for the first time. This meant I had to select a topic and provide a series of questions on that theme for members. It is very challenging for them, they have to think and speak on their feet for up two minutes and include the word of the day, which was...
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