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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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Now for something completely different

As discussed, this has been a week dominated by politics, Westminster, sleaze and extreme grubbiness. Tonight feels like a good time to break free from that mess and blog about something different;... Read more

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What a week in politics and it's not over yet!

As Harold Wilson famously said “a week is a long time in politics”. It is only Thursday and it already feels like we’ve had a month’s worth of political movement, manoeuvrings... Read more

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Thought for the day; the big debate

The BBC is doing what it likes doing best; talking to itself, about itself. The latest topic; BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme Thought for the Day slot. I listen to Today every day and like many... Read more

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The corrosive culture in the Westminster village

As readers of this blog will now, I am a big supporter of MPs in general. They work much harder than the popular portrayal of them in the media and around the country suggests. It is an endless job... Read more

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What an awful time to be in public life

There was once a time – not that long ago – when I wanted, no desperately wanted, to play a role in public life. To enter parliament. To become an MP. I stood for election in 2010 as part... Read more

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Thriving at work

Let’s start with the good news. There has been significant media and social coverage today of the Stevenson and Farmer review on mental health at work; “Thriving At Work”,... Read more

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The power of loss and remembrance

Testing my memory, sense of direction and knowledge of Cardiff city centre, I decided to walk from my meeting at the university, near the Welsh Government building in Cathays Park, back to the... Read more

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Speaking out about mental health helps others

I just watched Clarke Carlisle and his wife, Carrie, talking to Five Live’s Aidan Childes today about their experiences during his mental health struggles. This included Clarke going missing... Read more

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PhDay

I’ve spent much of today working on my PhD. I am currently working with my supervisor as we prepare a paper for a major international conference on strategic communication. It is a tangible and... Read more

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I'm sold

It’s a great sign – literally – when the for sale sign outside the house you are buying ticks over from “for sale” to “sold”. When we arrived at our “new house” this morning... Read more

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