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Published: Sep 03 , 2020
Author: Alan Smith

My daughter arrived home last week for her regular visit to wash her bedding. 30 years old and still comes home to wash her bed. I know. What the flip! Weird but I guess the fact that...

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Published: Mar 26 , 2020
Author: David Bannister

As I sit here in the third week of self-isolation – the first two having been forced on me because I holidayed for three weeks in Thailand – I have reflected on how important social interaction is to us all. I can’t cuddle my new grandson or play games with my other grandchildren and I am maintaining social distance from neighbours although, to be honest where one of them is concerned that represents no change from the norm!

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Published: Jun 27 , 2019
Author: Alan Smith

Alanis Morrissette’s “All I Want” from the wonderful album Jagged Little Pill, could have been written with Jeremy Hunt in mind. Hunt is vying for the leadership of the conservative party against the much-fancied Boris Johnson and asking the same question in a number of different ways. Hunt seems keen to...

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Published: Jun 06 , 2019
Author: Stephen White

The good people of Peterborough go to the polling stations today to elect the MP who will replace Fiona Onasanya. She was removed from office following her conviction for perverting the course of justice, having invented stories which falsely exonerated her from responsibility for speeding (twice). Meanwhile,...

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Published: May 16 , 2019
Author: Stephen White

ITV’s announcement on Wednesday that it was permanently cancelling The Jeremy Kyle Show led me to wonder whether the format revealed any truths about conflict resolution and (perhaps voyeuristically) to see just how bad it was. So I watched the episode broadcast on May 9th, still available on YouTube. Oh dear.

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Published: Apr 04 , 2019
Author: Alan Smith

Regular readers (both of you) will remember that a few weeks ago I wrote a BLOG about my new dog Grouse, and how good training produces great results. The little blighter has taught me another lesson this weekend, about how just going through the motions is going to bite you back (pun intended) in the long run. I am doing my best to tire him out and we regularly go out for long walks through the local countryside. I am hitting...

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Published: Jan 17 , 2019
Author: Alan Smith

Ever found yourself in that nightmare scenario when you are in front of another party in a negotiation and the partner you have taken with you to the meeting seems to have gone off track, starts revealing new information, giving in on things you had both agreed before the negotiation, being conciliatory when they should have been tough or tough when they should have been conciliatory. Even worse, the other side have...

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Published: Oct 04 , 2018
Author: Robin Copland

Come with me on a wee journey, if you please. Imagine, if you can, that you are running a company that has been in a partnership for a number of years with a conglomerate. The business has been going well; yes, there are the problems associated with merging two different systems; yes there have been the odd disputes between the two organisations, but by and large, you have rumbled along to the profit of both. External circumstances dictate that there has to be a...

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Published: May 24 , 2018
Author: Alan Smith

After a weekend of celebration over the Royal Wedding, seems a shame to bring up the seemingly inevitability of the prospect of divorce. But I shall. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchanged vows in front of 600 guests including the Queen, more than 30 royals and famed faces such as Oprah Winfrey, tennis champ Serena Williams, actor George Clooney and his advocate wife Amal Clooney, Sir Elton John, David and Victoria Beckham and actor Idris Elba.

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Published: May 17 , 2018
Author: Stephen White

Many adjectives have been used to describe the attitudes of groupings which populate the further extremities of the political spectrum. Groupings like the Neo-cons and alt-right on the right and the Momentum movement on the left. In centrist circles, the adjectives used are mainly derogatory. One which is not widely used is Empathic. Which is a mistake.

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Over the years I have spent quite a lot of time in Bradford. My wife, at that time my girlfriend, went to Margaret McMillan College of Education in the town, we were regular visitors to the Alhambra Theatre, and later on I taught numerous managers working for Grattan’s, the mail order catalogue company. It is a fine town, populated by great characters. In 1981 Bradford made headlines when it declared itself to be a nuclear-free zone. No one quite understood what that meant in practice, but the literal interpretation was that if...

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