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Ladies, would you join boot camp?

Having read how Woman’s Hour presenter Jenni Murray piled on the pounds again after losing 5 stone on the Dukan diet, and recently joined Weight Watchers to start all over again (I must confess I am a lapsed member), I wondered if she had considered boot camp to help kick start her diet and renewed healthy lifesytyle. I am a guest of Champneys Boot Camp at Henlow Grange next week and am...
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Is Madeleine McCann still alive?

This is how Madeleine McMcCann looks today, according to police who have issued this age progression picture to show her as a nine-year-old and to mark the 5th anniversary of her disappearance on 3 May 2007. I think she looks older than nine,  I’m not sure how accurate these age progression images are. But what the release of this picture does is provide hope to Madeleine’s parents,...
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Abcodia’s partnership for pancreatic cancer biomarker discovery

I’m delighted to learn of Abcodia’s latest partnership with BIOUNIVERSA Srl, a spin-out from the University of Salerno, which aims to advance the development of the BAG3 protein biomarker for use in the early detection of pancreatic cancer. BIOUNIVERSA has strong scientific evidence that suggests that serum BAG3 is elevated in patients with pancreatic cancer at the time of clinical...
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Social Media Influence 2012

I’m looking forward to attending the latest Social Media Influence 2012 conference in London on 12 June which is now in its seventh year. I remember attending a couple of their first events and was thrilled to be in the company of fellow bloggers, a rarity back then in the UK as we were a much rarer breed in those days. I remember smiling to myself as PR delegates in the audience asked the...
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My slice of Raspberry Pi

Eben Upton, founder of Raspberry Pi, is much in demand for videos and media interviews these days and I was lucky enough to catch up with him this week and record a video for Business Weekly, just moments after he had finished filming with BBC Look East. The frenzy continues seven weeks after its launch with everyone wanting a slice of the ‘pi’ as Eben and his talented team hope to...
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Abcodia seeks collaborations for breast cancer biomarkers

I didn’t realise that there are currently no blood-based biomarkers approved for the screening of breast cancer. And yet worldwide, breast cancer is the most common invasive cancer in women (around 23% of all cancers) and around 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. Although mammography is the main screening method for breast cancer, research has shown...
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George Osborne’s charity blunder

I would like to introduce my successor as chair of trustees at Headway Cambridgeshire, the very affable and able James Berry who has a strong financial background which is particularly essential right now as many charities struggle to survive during the present economic downturn. This has been exacerbated by George Osborne’s ill-conceived plan to hit some charities even harder by his...
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How to be a successful woman writer

It’s challenging enough being a working mum, juggling a million and one tasks into a packed day. But if this mum also has a burning desire to write a book, how can she manage to fit that into the day too? This was one of the questions frequently asked at Cambridge Wordfest over the weekend, and the answer was always the same – she has to learn NOT to put the kids first. According to...
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The other Sinclair inventor

I met up with Iain Sinclair recently after several years and told him about my love of innovations. Quick as a flash, he reached in his packet and brought out his latest creation, a sleek flat pack folding knife called CardSharp. Iain is the younger brother of Sir Clive Sinclair, famed for his C5 electric vehicle, pocket TV, computers and slimline calculator, and they clearly share the same...
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Special educational needs – the way forward

I would like to introduce you to one of the exceptional speakers at the SEN conference, Towards a Positive Future. She is Tania Tirraoro, a journalist and author who runs the website Special Needs Jungle and is a mother of two sons with autism. She will talk about how parents-carer forums, such as Family Voice Surrey, of which she is a member, are helping to shape SEN services with the SEN Green...
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The Titanic, heroism and feminism

I do confess I would loved to have joined passengers on a commemorative journey to mark the 1ooth anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, a tragic story that continues to fascinate us all. I listened to a programme about it on Radio 4 at the weekend which included a discussion about the chivalrous saving of women and children first, and then first class passengers. This is not a protocol...
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Yorkshire’s drought stricken Strid

Cambridge Rambling Club given a fascinating geology lesson during our recent fabulous walking weekend in Yorkshire by our walk leader David Peel, a retired glaciologist, who highlighted the impact the drought was having at a well known visitors’ spot called The Strid. We looked downonto rocks that in springtime would normally have been covered by  a surging torrent, several feet deep. I...
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The UK’s growing life science industry

A group of leading Cambridge biotech entrepreneurs and investors have co-authored a letter in today’s Times with colleagues to highlight the promising future for their industry in the UK. They praise the government for its support and welcome last week’s Budget incentives for investment, including tax breaks for scientific spin-outs and start-ups. But, like biotech entrepreneur Sir...
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