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What jobs will be created for our future?

With my son about to graduate – and fortunate to have found a job – I wonder whether his degree has equipped him, and our other young graduates, with the skills needed for the future. According to futurist Thomas Frey, 60% of the jobs needed 10 years from now haven’t been invented yet. Thomas, a well known futurist speaker in America who I find really interesting, predicts that by...
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Dispatches and Undercover Undertaker

The shocking Dispatches report last night on the funeral business, Undercover Undertaker, should have included Wendii Miller’s story  who could have provided much needed advice for families. Wendii arranged her own mother’s burial, collecting her body from a hospital mortuary, which I wrote about here, and even dug the grave herself. Her unorthodox actions attracted much support. She...
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How will our universities have changed by 2030?

While it is no surprise that David Willetts, the universities minister, is keen to introduce innovative technologies in our universities, with lectures being held over the internet and using online textbooks in which students write ‘margin’ notes as they read them and the lecturer immediately comments on their thoughts, I wonder how this will eventually transform our universities,...
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Cambridge Healthcare’s scoops top award for howareyou?

I love stories of Cambridge geeks/entrepreneurs who turn their visions into award winning projects, having began life in their attic or shed – and the inspirational Dawson King is one such person whose How are you? electronic health record will revolutionise the way patients and medics share information, enabling patients to take control of their personal medical records. Dawson, who...
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What saucy Gethin Jones keeps in his bathroom cabinet

I read today that gorgeous Gethin Jones is being inundated with offers from admirers following his break-up with Katherine Jenkins. However, they might want to first learn what Gethin reportedly keeps in his bathroom cabinet. According to an interview with actress Glynis Barber in the latest Holland & Barrett Healthy magazine – Gethin works for the company as one of their ambassadors...
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How social is London’s digital Olympics?

Cast your mind back six years ago to when Twitter and Facebook were an insignificant part of our lives and the jubilant announcement that London was to host the 2012 Olympics. How many of us used mobile apps back then? The Herculean feat achieved in delivering London 2012’s multiple digital communications platform, including ticket sales and volunteering, recruitment and torch relay...
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Cambridge rowers, anarchy and elitism, the Queen and Mr Asbo the swan

As I walked along the Cambridge towpath today with my rambling club, scores of university rowers whipped past me, practising hard for one of the highlights of their year – the bumps – when more than 1500 rowers are expected to compete for glory. The bumps race involves a number of boats chasing each other in single file, each boat attempting to catch and “bump” the boat...
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SEN parents feel like second-class citizens

I recently described the intimidating process which families have to endure when challenging their LEA’s special educational needs provision for their child. Did you realise it comes under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Justice, and that tribunal hearings can take place in magistrates’ courts? This is the personal story of one mother who describes how fighting the system in...
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Jubilations and celebrations

It was an astonishing jubilee weekend, marred only by the unexpected poor health of Prince Philip. One wonders, with hindsight, how an elderly couple could have been expected to stand for four hours, especially during the wind and rain; us lesser mortals would certainly have found it too much. I was fortunate to be by the river for the pageant – second row from the front after taking our...
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Joining the jubilee celebrations

I was really moved last night while watching Prince Charles talk us through the royal family’s private cine film of his childhood on television, which was not cold and austere as we have been led to believe, but appears to have been warm, fun and loving.  Wasn’t the water slide on Royal Britannia fun! I was also touched to hear the letters written by our Queen in which she declared...
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