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Moving house; the worse waiting of all 

I am writing this now in anticipation of success – not hopefully tempting fate but to relieve the boredom of waiting. I have never been especially patient but the waiting around you do when you... Read more

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A balanced budget but no political punch

Moderation in all things. That is – apparently – the secret to success in life. If that is true, Philip Hammond must be the most successful Chancellor of all time. His Budget today was a... Read more

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The Budget; last chance soon

The pressure is on. The Chancellor has to deliver. His Budget is a make or break moment for the government; a drink in the last chance saloon as Theresa May tries to wrestle back control of events... Read more

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Social media: life changing revolution

Like all successful revolutions, it is hard now to remember what it was like before the big changes happened. The new ways of living and working very quickly becomes the norm and accepted as the... Read more

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Mad World

Let’s not concentrate on the fact that I am late to the party; let’s focus on the fact that I am here now. Inextricably, I had not checked out Bryony Gordon’s “Mad... Read more

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If Carlsberg did Saturdays........

It’s been a belter. Textbook. Perfection. My Saturday has been top drawer. The best. Woke to my little girl asking for me. Big hugs. Straight into stories and games. My darling wife with us.... Read more

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Brexit and Ireland; what a mess

As someone who voted ‘remain’ in the 2016 EU referendum, it is fair to say that I see Brexit as a mess from start to finish. I find the decision to leave the EU totally wrong-headed,... Read more

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We've exchanged

Well that was quick. House on the market. House sold. House bought. Contacts exchanges. All in five weeks. We move one week from now. Even as experienced house movers – this will be our fifth... Read more

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The refreshing addiction

I heard about a restaurant today that pays its customers to lock away their mobile phones during service to create a serene and peaceful eating environment. I am one of those people who would... Read more

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Mental health struggles; hiding in plain sight

Tonight is the 2017 Virgin Money Giving Mind Media Awards. This high profile and glitzy event – hosted by Fearne Cotton, who herself has opened up recently about her own battles with mental... Read more

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Plenty of frills with EasyJet

It’s one of the oldest sayings around; you get what you pay for. That notion that the best way of securing a great product, service or experience is to pay for it; to pay top dollar. In the... Read more

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Two great cities on the up

Last time we were made the trip from Liverpool to Belfast I blogged about the similarities between two great port cities. Built by the hands of working class folk, in the heat of industrial... Read more

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Travelling stress a thing of the past, nearly 

In days gone by, the night before a trip – in this case a long weekend in the north of Ireland – was a source of great stress and anxiety. My OCD was at its height and my mind was racing... Read more

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Death by a thousand cuts

When someone dies the best that can often be said of them was that they went in the night, quietly, painlessly; just closed their eyes and went to sleep. No dramas. No gut wrenching deathbed scene... Read more

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Just write.........and be alive

I heard Jeffrey Archer interviewed once discussing his approach to writing. He doesn’t plan out what he is going to write, he just sits down and lets the pen – he still writes out his work... Read more

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Six months in; half time report.

An old boss of mine once gave me a brilliant tip when making presentations or speeches. Look up halfway through your sentence or the point you are making, see how it is going with the audience before... Read more

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Theresa May’s dog’s dinner

As expected, Sunday’s cornflakes and toast will have gone down very badly at a number of MPs’ kitchen tables. Perhaps the most indigestion will have experienced at No 10; Mrs May will surely not... Read more

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Date night (lunch)

Dr J and I went out for lunch today. We went to the wonderful Arts School in Liverpool; one of the finest restaurants we have been to and our current favourite. There is no great drama in that but... Read more

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