Niche

The freedom to do… ?

I've been jumping up and down in impatience over the past couple of weeks, because I'm itching to get started on refurbishing The Dingle. But I've also managed to fill up every weekend with things to do... then, when the weather is good, it seems a shame to waste it indoors.  Which means we've not [...]

Choose your starfish

Once upon a time, there was a young woman walking along an almost-deserted beach (my favourite place to be). She came upon an old woman surrounded by starfish struggling on the sands.  The young woman stopped, because she was curious as to why the old woman was painstakingly and gently picking up the starfish one [...]

Every now and then, I see something that blows my mind. Sometimes it's something in nature. Other times it's a discovery humanity has made. Yet other times, it's the stuff that humans are capable of doing. Beautiful stuff. Wondrous art. Here's the latest wonder. A painting of Van Gogh's Starry Night (one of my favourite [...]

You are NOT the hired help

This is a public service announcement: you are not the "hired help".  I've a friend called Stewart; we're in the same mastermind group. He's an abrasive Scotsman who helps those who sell alcohol to obtain and retain their licence. And, like all sensible business owners, he has an email list and he emails it almost [...]

My mentor Jon cracks me up. He's permanently baffled by his wife (and women in general, I reckon – which makes me laugh because although we're not the same, we're not that different. Are we?)  Anyway, his missus went off to a yoga retreat, and to get the full benefit of it she had to [...]

Faced with a seemingly infinite number of nutritionally-questionable noodle-based lunch snacks, and feeling like I'd been stuffed with poisonous cotton wool then hit by a truck, I couldn't help it: I burst into tears. In the aisle in Morrisons. For shame. All I wanted to do was go home and go to bed, but there [...]

Outrage in Leamington Spa! My former hometown is a hotbed of controversy this week. A hotbed. Because of a film – one of my favourite films, in fact – The Life of Brian.  You see, the vicar of All Saints Church in the town centre is a bit of a dude – and also a [...]

Meet Toby the rescue ferret!

Big charities get all the headlines. The Air Ambulance, Coastguard, Save the Children, the WWF, and all the rest. Which is not a bad thing, but it does mean the smaller charities suffer from a lack of exposure.  Of course, like any small business, it's up to them to create their own stories, market themselves [...]

Did you have a secret language as a kid? My brother and I did. It was called Haigey-Paigey (I'd forgotten about that until literally just this second as I write this).  We also spoke Obby-Dobby and Pig Latin. Joe apparently didn't have any secret languages at all, because he was the youngest of six, so [...]