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Grantchester Meadows on a rainy day

I wasn’t going to let a little matter like the grey sky and drizzle stop me from strolling through Grantchester Meadows today. I was bursting to once again enjoy this lovely unspoilt countryside which meanders along the Cam. While the bathers may have been absent, there were plenty of others enjoying the pleasures of the river, from man’s best friend and a proud protective family of...
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Baroness Thatcher and family life

Nobody knows what goes on behind any family’s closed doors. We are given a glimpse of Baroness Thatcher’s family life today in this Andrew Pierce’s article where he paints a distant relationship with her children, twins Carol and Mark, and little contact with her grandchildren. Increasingly frail; he describes a sad scenario that is probably all too familiar for other older...
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Seeking a new Headway CEO, and racing ahead with Hayley Turner

Headway Cambridgeshire, the charity I support for its wonderful work providing rehabilitation for adults with an acquired brain injury, is seeking a new CEO. It is a successful and thriving organisation with a dynamic business plan. We have been very fortunate in having had Andrew Gardner lead us over the last three-and-a-half years, but he is now seeking a new challenge, having established us...
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How the ARM chip saved Apple

I asked  Hermann Hauser about Apple and the ARM chip after his fascinating lecture on the future of computing and our mobile world at a recent fundraising event in Cambridge. He was supporting Wallace Cancer Care at Addenbrooke’s Hospital where his wife was one of the founders. We were a non-techie audience and he engaged us all with a humorous presentation about the five waves of...
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Congratulations to Abcodia

Congratulations to Abcodia for securing £1 million funding. I am delighted to be promoting this new innovative company, and today we issued this press release which clearly demonstrates confidence in their ground breaking work which will make a difference to all our lives: Abcodia, a company engaged in the validation and discovery of molecular biomarkers for disease diagnosis and screening, is...
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Welcome back David Campbell Bannerman

I am delighted, but not totally surprised, to learn that UKIP MEP David Campbell Bannerman has jumped ship and rejoined Conservatives. He was a very decent candidate during the Euro Elections in 2009 when I was the Conservative Eastern Region Press Officer and did not resort to lies and underhand tactics to massage his ego which I observed from another rival candidate. David failed to become...
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John Hemmings and Ryan Giggs

I must say I admire the rebelliousness of  MP John Hemmings in naming Ryan Giggs in the House of Commons over his super injunction which has had Twitter in a frenzy over the last week. Protected by parliamentary privilege, the MP cannot be arrested for flouting the law, and his revelation enabled Giggs, the hero of so many young lads, to be named and shamed by the national media. This is not...
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An evening with Hermann Hauser

There is always a world leading expert one can catch up with in Silicon Fen with its creative cluster of scientific, medical and technological inventors. And as it’s been a long time since I caught up with Hermann Hauser, I didn’t need much persuasion to sign up for an evening with the great man himself this Thursday when he will give a lecture about his “unique insight”...
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The randomness of death

I have had a stark reminder that we are mere mortals following some sudden recent deaths, the latest being a blogging friend Maalie, Dr Jim Fowler, a true adventurer and free spirited soul. I was shocked and saddened to learn today that Jim died of a heart attack while kayaking on Coniston Water. His friend Simon Cotter pays tribute to him on his blog post here. They shared some amazing trips...
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Support for our armed forces

I was at a concert last night supporting pa-in-law who, at 84, still plays percussion with Huntingdonshire Concert Band. They shared the stage with the rousing Royal Artillery Band, and proceeds from the evening went to SSAFA, whose local stalwart volunteer Judith Borland MBE is the wife of my husband’s cousin, and reminded the audience how they were there to support families of the armed...
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The end of a football era

As the mother of two sports mad sons, I have spent hours over the years driving them to football matches, cheering them from the touchline come rain or shine, nursing their injuries and ferrying them off to A & E for an X-ray, empathising when a ref’s decision went against them, washing their smelly, dirty kit and serving countless teas. At the 11th hour on Thursday evening my...
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My letter to David Cameron

Dear Prime Minister, I am delighted to learn that you have asked the Met police to investigate the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, and I believe they should have been involved much earlier in this investigation. When someone goes missing in a foreign country, the difficulties for their loved ones in discovering the truth during such a traumatic investigation are multiplied and horrendously...
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Missing people, memories and regrets

Kate McCann has had extensive media coverage this week following the publication of her book to mark the 8th birthday of her lovely daughter Madeleine, who was cruelly snatched from her holiday apartment in Portugal four years ago. She talks of her regrets and how she wanted to die. The story was the front page splash in the Sunday Times at the weekend, as well as a lead feature in their Review...
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My new cycle helmet

I bought a cycle helmet today.  I rarely cycle at the moment as most of the roads where I live are very busy trunk roads and do not appeal. But I would like to pedal around my Cambridgeshire villages and explore the country lanes, and will certainly feel safer doing so with my new helmet safely secured on my head. I bought it from Ben Hayward Cycles who were offering a discount of 25% off the...
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Apple and Mobile Me

I subscribe to Apple’s Mobile Me to synchronize my iMac with my iPhone and iPad and every now and again there are a few glitches in trying to access emails. However, a couple of days ago this service was a nightmare and it was impossible to download emails. I was waiting for important documents from a client to work on and was very concerned about not being able to access them. I called...
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