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Studying for a Masters In Management, UK

London Business School Masters In Management Economies around the world are relying on strong business acumen to survive the present decline. While a strong workforce equipped with experience and skills is vital, they crucially need visionary leaders at the top to steer their business to success. It is also essential to encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs. The London Business Schoolis...
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Concerns over special educational needs reforms

Plans to provide personal budgets for families with special educational needs has raised concerns with Janet O’Keefe, a speech and language therapist who is also an expert witness for families during tribunal appeals against their local authorities. The minister for children and families, Sarah Teather, outlined the proposed reforms which she said this would prevent parents being forced to...
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Champneys boot camp – the big weigh in

Final day, Champneys boot camp, Henlow Grange. We queued nervously for our weigh in this morning after our 7am run/power walk, the last at the end of an exhausting, but exhilarating, week. I was determined to wear the same jeans I wore for my first weigh in and not cheat by jumping on the scales with light weight joggers weighing 3lbs less which would give an inflated result. At the end of  my...
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Champneys boot camp, day 7

Day 7, Champneys boot camp, Henlow Grange. Today is our last day and after a week of extreme exercise, pushing myself beyond my pain barrier, sacrificing tea, coffee, alcohol and bread, surviving on 1500 calories a day, I was also able to enjoy a daily therapeutic treatment which made boot camp all the more tolerable. The day ended with a range of pampering treatments included in the programme;...
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Champneys boot camp, day 6

Day 6, Champneys boot camp, Henlow Grange. There is a tremendous bonding among our group, a strong feeling of comradeship and mutual support which has built up during the week. If one exhausted boot camper feels they cannot move another muscle, they are always given the encouragement they need by their group to boost their motivation. It’s something we have all experienced, even the...
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Champneys boot camp, day 5

Day 5, Champneys boot camp, Henlow Grange. We are wearing Ki Fit armband monitors throughout the week which record how many calories we are burning throughout the day during all our activities, as well as our sleep pattern. Last night we were given some feedback, and it looks quite promising, despite the setback from my injury on the second day when I pulled a muscle or ligament, when there was...
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Champneys boot camp, day 4

Day 4, Champneys boot camp, Henlow Grange. We are half way through the week now and the pain is beginning to hit hard as our punishing fitness routine – six house of activity a day – takes its toll on our bodies and we begin to hurt all over, especially our thighs and bottoms, which is not surprising after around 200 each of squats, lunges and press-ups  in the last few days, though...
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Champneys boot camp, day 3

Day 3, Champneys boot camp, Henlow Grange. The strict exercise and diet regime is beginning to have an impact. One of our fellow boot campers left a class early yesterday, and later successfully pleaded for a side dish of beetroot in addition to her calorie counted lunch which was included with an alternative meal choice on offer as she really fancied it, and was determined to have it. Another...
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Champneys boot camp, day 2

Day 2, Champneys boot camp, Henlow Grange. I suffered a major setback today. After our 7am power walk, and the best breakfast I have ever had (more on this later), we headed for a local playing field to play Kwik Cricket, but a modified version which involved all team members running with their fellow boot camper who was batting. During the warm up exercise when I was teamed with a very...
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Champneys boot camp, day 1

Day 1, Champneys boot camp, Henlow Grange. It’s 9.30pm and I still haven’t unpacked my bags. My newspapers which I picked up this morning remain crisp and unopened. Since arriving at Champney boot camp at Henlow Grange  at 11am, I’ve not had a minute to draw breath. My reason for joining the week-long group is to shed a few pounds and improve my fitness level, and the programme...
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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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Can a Cambridge start-up win Orange’s £200,000 prize for being different?

Sponsored Post Cambridge’s innovative start-ups are among the best in the world and recognised as a special “phenomenon”.  Now they have the chance to  win up to £200,000 worth of professional services to take their business one step further in a national competition launched by Orange. Their Win Your Business competition is keen to support today’s bright entrepreneurs...
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Jo Brand gets moving for Macmillan

Britain’s best loved comedienne Jo Brand is the force behind Macmillan’s Move More campaign which urges cancer patients to take a brisk walk or short jog to aid their recovery. So often we walk to raise funds for cancer research, but if you watch the video, you will learn why keeping active is so important for cancer sufferers too. Jo tells us not to be put off by her portly figure:...
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The Mumsnet Rules

I wish Mumsnet had been around when I agonised over bringing up my kids. The best part is knowing you are never alone with problems, that a national – and international – community of mums are online for a chat. Their pearly words of wisdom are now available in a new book, The Mumsnet Rules, by Natasha Joffe and Justine Roberts, and published today by Bloomsbury. It’s a...
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First-past-the-post and AV

My 18-year-old son gets to vote for the first time next month on how our future MPs should be elected. This Conservative Party video – which supports retaining the present first-past-the-post system – uses the analogy of an AV sports day to demonstrate what can happen if the alternative method is adopted; how coming third means you can end up the winner. No voting system is perfect,...
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