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The Brexit Blues and Moving Forwards

I thought Remain would edge it. I did. And I desperately wanted it to. The EU isn’t perfect. But I’ve always valued being a part of union that enables its members to travel, study and work freely anywhere within it….

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Stat of the Day: 14% of UK Start Ups Founded by Immigrants

It’s a report that’s almost 2 years old, but a stat that I only came across today. 14% of UK start-ups are founded by immigrants. To put that into context, that represents one in seven of all UK start ups….

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“Why Don’t You Try and Live Without your Phone for a Week?” No. Just No.

“Have you ever considered trying to live without your phone for a week?” That was an actual real question I was asked recently, as though depriving myself of the ability to communicate with any real efficiency would somehow make me…

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I hope you all managed a bit of a break over the festive season and are now back to the day jobs refreshed and full of optimism for the 12 months ahead. It’s weird, the first day…

Helping Auntie Angela to Navigate the Complex World of Facebook

Helping Auntie Angela to Navigate the Complex World of Facebook

A few years ago, I introduced my Auntie Angela to Facebook. It was, apparently, a revelation. It meant she could basically find out exactly who was having an affair with who, who was pregnant, who was getting divorced and who…

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World Cup Fever and Hopeless English Optimism

Every two years, I promise myself I won’t do it to myself again. After every single international tournament, it’s the same bitter disappointment, as though a dream has been snatched. And every time I let myself believe, however fleetingly, that…

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El Dorado Royale – Heaven on Earth!!

I’ve just returned from an absolutely perfect 2 weeks on Mexico’s Mayan Riviera. We stayed at El Dorado Royale just a few miles from Playa del Carmen and enjoyed a beautiful stretch of beach, amazing gourmet cuisine, stunning pools with swim up bars…

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Married, MacNaught and Off to Mexico

So, I got married yesterday! And, aside from the less-than-subtle hints from my Mother about when the Grandchildren would be following, it was a really relaxing day with friends and family. There was perhaps definitely a little too much alcohol consumed…

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So, apparently I am over reliant on my smartphone….

My better half and I like to walk up hills and stuff. Well, when I say we “like” to do this, I mean that we do do this. He likes it. I whinge about it but I like it when…

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Coalition for Marriage – F**k You and Your Homophobic Propaganda

The day I found out that gay couples will be able to marry in the UK, I was delighted. I was proud to be British, proud to live in a nation that truly strives for inclusion and equality. And I…

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David Moyes is Useless, Arsene Wenger is Jimmy Saville and Other Things Google Suggest Says About Premier League Managers

I’m a sucker for a funny Google Suggest screenshot. And, unfortunately (after an opening 6 months that can only be described as ‘catastrophic’) my beloved Manchester United’s new manager has been very much “suggested” of late (as above). Although I’m…

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Coffee Machine Love.

I drink a lot of coffee. I did consider trying to give it up a couple of years back… but half way through my first day of “quitting” I got a headache and decided giving up was a silly thing…

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The iPhone 5C is NOT a Budget Phone

The iPhone 5C was announced by Apple this evening. That was no surprise. It turns out the images that have been floating around the web for weeks were bang on correct. It’s colourful and it’s cute! It has an A6…

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I Asked 1000 Brits to Name a USA City Other Than New York…

I asked 1000 Americans to name a British City other than London last week and published the results. Paris and Wales both made it into the top 10 (huh?) and Liverpool pipped Manchester to the number 1 spot. #heartbreak. A…

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Real Life Wall-E – Coolest Thing Ever

This is now right at the top of my ‘I want one’ list. Well, it’s joint first with a beagle puppy and a tiger cub. This video was featured as part of Youtube’s geek week and showcases an actual Wall-E…