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My blog reunites “missing” man with family

I am delighted to say that a post I wrote about Gary Spencer listed as “missing” in Thailand has a happy ending – the story was picked up by the media on the Isle of Wight where his family live and he plans to fly home in a couple of weeks. Gary turned to me for help totally out of the blue saying I am still stuck in Thailand and dearly wish/need to be in touch with my family...
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Monitoring MPs – making politics social

If you want track the livestream social media activity of  MPs, then the new website YatterBox will be perfect for you. It has just been launched by York University graduates and their unique site tracks all MPs’ social media: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, blogs and Hansard. It is bound to be an valuable resource for many, from constituents and political geeks, to research students...
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The Co-operative revolution – rebranded

I had no idea that the Co-operative group had such a strong social conscience and forged so many varied community links until I researched this post to promote their rebranding, The co-operative good for everyone. Pitching themselves as an organisation proudly formed in 1844 by Rochdale Pioneers, “revolutionaries who changed the world“, they have maintained their founding ethos, which is its...
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Elizabeth Taylor and adoption

My elder brother has urged me to write a post about Hollywood star Elizabeth Taylor who died last week as he admired her greatly. But what can be said that hasn’t already been written? I recalled that she had an adopted daughter Maria and thought this would be an excellent opportunity to highlight the selfless work of Francesca Polini, my client who is campaigning for a review of UK...
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Grantchester Meadows without the crowds

Lode EveryTrail – Find trail maps for California and beyond I enjoyed a leisurely stroll along a picturesque Cambridgeshire riverbank in the vicinity of Lode and Bottisham this afternoon with a friend who has recently returned from a year or so in Australia where she had the misfortune to fracture her femur after falling off a stool while trying to catch a parrot on New Year’s Eve...
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The Rolling Stones gig in Wisbech

First there was the BBC’s Evan Davis knocking Wisbech people in his programme about migrant workers, and now Keith Richards makes them out to have been straw-brained Worzel Gummidges back in the 1960s. I bought my husband a copy of Keith Richards’ autobiography “Life” for Christmas which was ghost written by James Fox, whose literary genius include the bestseller White...
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Do we need a new House of Commons Chamber?

There are 649 MPs , yet only room for 427  MPs to sit in the House of Commons Chamber.  On television we often see them standing during popular sessions, like the Budget and PMQs.  It’s not an ideal working arrangement, and I wonder what can be done to accommodate all our honourable ladies and gentlemen. Could any changes could be made to the present historic chamber which would enable...
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Gift aid boost for charities

I was delighted to learn that yesterday’s  budget includes much needed reforms of Gift Aid which will reduce red tape and bureaucracy and give a much needed boost to the third sector. It means that charities will be able to claim Gift Aid on up to £5,000 of small donations a year without the need for form filling and declarations. The Chancellor is also increasing the Gift Aid benefit...
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How solar savvy are you?

I was planning to write this post before the devastation of Japan’s nuclear power plant which has now focused people’s minds on the value of renewable energy. My question is, how solar savvy are you? I’ve learnt quite a bit about solar power recently following a meeting with a potential client.  He is an eco builder who has invested considerably in solar panels in the hope of...
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Rethinking nuclear power

As the horrendous after-effects of the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in Japan continues to unravel before our disbelieving eyes, the results of any nuclear meltdown still remain uncertain. What is known is that radiation from Japan’s quake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has reached harmful levels and the plant has been rocked by a third blast which appears to have damaged...
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My latest apps

It’s only a matter of weeks before I treat myself to an iPad 2. And I had a good taster session yesterday (not that I need persuading) after meeting up with Ian McKendrick , the ace designer of my website, who raved about some of his favourite apps on his iPad 1, knowing that I wouldn’t be able to resist them either. Being an avid list maker, Ian suggested I would find everynote...
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Jimmy Choo Fragrance

While Jimmy Choo shoes are favoured by our glamorous stars, and, a dream for many lesser mortals like myself, it is possible to now own one of their other branded items – a new affordable perfume which is receiving praise and recognition from its users.. Wearing perfume is perhaps something we take for granted. I remember reading a year ago that the last university in the UK offering...
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Cambridge biotech entrepreneurs seek biobank partners

The success of treating common and life-threatening diseases, from cancer and diabetes, to osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis, depends on an early diagnosis, and today’s advanced medical research technology plays a vital role in this. I am promoting today’s launch of  Abcodia, an innovative company engaged in the validation and discovery of molecular biomarkers which supports the...
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How our government could help women find happiness

I have always considered the Netherlands a progressive nation, impressed at how multi-lingual its citizens are (I remember meeting one 11-year-old boy in Amsterdam who could speak four languages), and they have achieved impressive household recycling solutions we can only dream about here (including an ingenious kerbside collection of soiled disposable nappies for dissemination and re-use). Now...
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What makes women tick?

In the build up to 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day next Tuesday, this “lippy” video asks celebrities Joanna Lumley, Kathy Burke, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Beverley Knight, Annie Mac and Miranda Richardson what they believe is the best and worst thing about being a woman. You will have to play it to discover their answers. How about you? What I like most is my role...
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