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What will you leave children?

The unconditional love of a mother, the trust of young children and joy of being with a family, is heart rending in this 40 second NSPCC video. Sadly, it’s not something all children experience. This evocative NSPCC campaign reminds us that children are our future, and asks, “what will you leave the children in your life?” It is seeking support, a gift in your will, to continue...
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Why Ed Miliband is the loser

If Ed Miliband can find the time to conceive a child – or two – then surely he can find the time to register his name on his first born son’s birth certificate. It might not have been a priority for him, but it’s a ritual, and one usually accomplished with pride and love by new dads. How is his son going to feel when he learns about this? He could feel devastated.And if...
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Miliband ambition and regrets

Everyone is jumping on the bandwagon and saying they guessed long ago that Ed Miliband would be the next Labour leader, including Iain Dale and Guardian writer Jenni Russell, to name but a couple. But I believe he set his heart on it much longer than most people realised, and that his simmering ambition had been spotted by those close around him as long as three years ago. I met the ace PR...
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Harriet Harman: the guilt of working mothers

Harriet Harman should be congratulated for keeping together a tight-knit Labour Party for almost 5 months. She hands over her reigns this evening when the new Labour leader is announced. In an interview in today’s Times, she is credited with forcing through equalities law to improve maternity leave and childcare provision. Yet Harman feels that women’s equality is slipping backwards,...
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Universities and business

This weekend I’m attending the first of four university open days being held over the next few weeks with my younger son. He wants to study Business & Marketing and has shown an entrepreneurial flair from a young age by selling golf balls on his school bus, as well as sweets when they were banned, but I soon put a stop to that. Even his driving instructor became a customer and bought a...
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Which Labour leadership contender has the best online presence?

Three years ago I wrote a post asking if Harriet Harman blogged her way to victory as the Labour’s deputy leader as my analysis of campaign websites used by candidates back then was that her online presence was the most interactive, and this could have contributed to her success as it demonstrated she was the best communicator out of the bunch. Social media has played a key role in this...
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The Missing – Carole Day

I have been asked to highlight the mysterious disappearance of Carole Day, a British ex-pat living in Hong Kong, who travelled to Manila in the Philipines on a business trip on 10th September and has vanished in thin air. A dedicated facebook site has been set up where her son Jai appeals for information of her whereabouts. Carole, 56, who is from Stoke and a 5ft 4ins strawberry blonde, went to...
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Oprah’s visit to Australia, paying bloggers and Trip Advisor’s angry hotelliers

Some people get all the best jobs. I would jump at the chance of visiting Australia for a fraction of the price which local authorities there are paying Oprah Winfrey – a reported $5 million dollars – to give its flagging tourist industry a much needed boost as visitor numbers have considerably declined following its hosting of the Olympics back in 2000.This is obviously why Stephen...
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Women’s addiction to social games

I learnt something new yesterday – that millions of women are huge fans of Facebook’s social games with FarmVille toping the list with 62 million followers. It includes forums where you can report bugs and show off your landscaping, with the most addicted followers getting up in the night to “feed” their animals or “water” their crops. I must admit this is a...
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Universities and alcohol

At the risk of sounding a killjoy, I totally support a suggestion by the UK’s accident and emergency doctors who want to end boozy Happy Hours for student freshers’ weeks which kicks off shortly.The alcohol consumption levels are worse for students who want to join a university sports team and find themselves virtually forced to participate in humiliating initiation rituals. I also...
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Congratulations to East Anglia’s Business Hub

I would like to congratulate Mark Peters and Ian McKendrick, presenters of the popular weekly Sunday morning business radio show, for its network launch today throughout East Anglia. The Business Hub only started a few months ago covering Cambridge and Ely, but is now available to listeners throughout the region. Next year it is hoped it will be networked nationwide. There is obviously a huge...
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Writing a personal statement for university

I went to a parents’ meeting at my youngest son’s school last night to advise us about his university application which has to be submitted soon. Yes, how did the years fly by so quickly!This presumably hadn’t been a problem for my eldest son as he was offered a place at his preferred choice, and I didn’t even get to read it before it was sent off via UCAS. I don’t...
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Gavin Henson needs to see sense

Gavin Henson, the Welsh rugby international player who became a household name as the boyfriend of singer Charlotte Church,  tells us in a newspaper interview that he wants to quit his club for “compassionate reasons, and the mental state of my mind” following their break-up. Charlotte, meanwhile, has another fella and Gavin is struggling with the knowledge that this man is...
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From Journalism to PR

There’s an interesting article in the latest PR Week about increasing numbers of journalists switching to PR as newspapers close up and down the country and they succumb to the temptation to earn much more money from leading agencies. When I first made this transition, the comments from former colleagues did make me feel almost as if I had sold my soul. But I will always consider myself...
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Blending iPhones and the Business Hub

I’ve become a big fan of the Business Hub, a unique weekly radio show broadcast for businesses in the Cambridge and Ely area which has amassed an impressive following of loyal listeners. From this weekend the show is being extended throughout East Anglia, and the dream of theĀ  two brains behind it – social media strategist Ian McKendrick and veteran radio presenter Mark Peters, is...
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