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"Our young will die early"

Is there such a thing as a wonder drug? I was interested to read about Polypill, a cheap five-in-one pill which it is claimed can protect against heart attacks and stroke. It seems to be targeted at the over 55s. But how many of our young people today will reach that age? During a recent visit to my doctor for a routine blood test, I was also screened for diabetes. I was told by the practice...
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The Obama social media dream, and how it happened

There is still an overwhelming fascination about Barack Obama’s unprecedented use of the social media which took him straight to The White House. He used it to raise a staggering $668 million and on the day of the election, there were 1.2 billion blog posts written about him. Crucially, Obama used YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and blogs to listen to people and respond. He even set up a...
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The embarrassment of Jacqui Smith

I imagine it’s the spare room tonight for the shamed husband of Home Secretary Jacqui Smith who was forced into making a humiliating apology for heaping huge embarrassment on his wife over a bungled expenses claim which included two porno films he watched while she was out.She ‘mistakenly’ submitted an £67 MPs expenses claim which included five pay-per-view films, including the...
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Robert Sturdy urges G20 leaders to promote free trade

My MEP Robert Sturdy is a key international trade spokesman and in this video he explains why we need to increase free trade across borders globally and do away with protectionism to help recover from the recession. Is that what G20 world leaders will have in mind when they meet this week?
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How can charities survive?

This video provides advice from the experts on how charities can use communications to promote their organisations during the economic downturn. It features hot tips from Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow; Mark Webster, Director of Communications with the Charities Aid Foundation; Ted Hart, founder of International ePhilapnthorpy Foundation; and David Senior, Director of Development with  Action...
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How to pitch a story to a national magazine

I heard Victoria Woodhall, deputy features editor for You magazine, Mail on Sunday, give this helpful advice at a charity conference, and asked her to share it via my video. Although it is aimed at the charity sector and describes how they can successfully achieve positive media coverage in a glossy mag, such as You, it is also great advice for the communications industry in general. I hope you...
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The “shame” of having cancer

The “shame” and “embarrassment” some people feel about admitting to having cancer has been described in this video by Jola Gore-Booth, founder of europacolon. “There’s taboo of cancer, there’s still embarrassment. People do not want to admit that they have cancer in Eastern European countries, you are ashamed of it. It means that God thinks you a bad...
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“Deal with Brown, prepare for Cameron”

How should charities communicate and survive the economic downturn? Peter Bingle, chairman of Bell Pottinger Public Affairs had some sound advice – “deal with Brown, prepare for Cameron.” It was uncomfortably political for some of the audience at the conference where Peter spoke, but made sound sense to me. I was attending as chair of trustees for Headway Cambridgeshire, and...
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Voting for the FT Climate Change Challenge

It’s the kind of zany stuff you might have seen featured on BBC’s Tomorrow’s World. I am totally blown away by the innovativeness of these five far-reaching ideas which have been shortlisted in the Financial Times Climate Change Challenge which I wrote about last November. You are invited to vote for your winning choice at the FT link here, and the $75,000 prize money will be...
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My beautiful mother

They broke the mould when they made my mother Loula. Like many of her generation, she has had to overcome many hardships. I  remember her telling me how she used to walk miles as a child for a crust of bread to survive the ravages of war. She had no fun-filled teenage life, living it through a civil war in Greece when more Greeks killed Greeks than Germans in WW2. The only good thing that...
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Jeremy Paxman and The Victorians

There were no free parking spaces left in Ely on Thursday evening – Jeremy Paxman was in town signing copies of The Victorians in our stunning cathedral – and his fans came out in droves. Paxman was on a charm offensive and made no mention of a co-author, claiming full credit for the book. I understand from today’s papers that another author did most of the writing because...
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Introducing Jonathan and Tom from ConservativeHome

While I was in Brussels this week I met up with two great guys from ConservativeHome who have an influential role with the online political media scene, partiuclarly co-editor Jonathan Isaby. who has had quite a few scoops recently, the latest on Lynton Crosby running Libertas’ European campaign. Tom Greeves who edits the parliament page is also coming up trumps and these guys are both...
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Please support the Natasha Fund

Like millions around the world, I have been stunned by the tragic death of Natasha Richardson, a beautiful, talented, warm and intelligent woman in the prime of her life. She was such a shining star – in more ways than one – and in tribute to her, all the lights in Broadway will be dimmed for one minute tonight. My thoughts are with her devastated family, especially her two sons aged...
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A quick trip to Brussels

I’ve just returned from a quick trip to Brussels where I met my MEP Robert Sturdy’s fantastic team for the first time, Neeley, Christine and Alex. Today Robert hosted a manifesto launch for europacolon, raising awareness about colorectal cancer which many people find difficult to talk about because of the delicate area of body affected. But it is estimated this causes 10% of cancer...
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Supporting 1,000 women into leadership roles

I am working with an inspirational woman who has pledged to support 1,000 women into leadership roles by 8th March 2011 to celebrate the centenary of International Woman’s Day. Her name is Tina Fahm (pic left) and she runs a training programme promoting confident  and effective leadership. This is surely needed now by organisations more than ever, which I mentioned in an earlier post. She...
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