Monthly Archive: March 2011

Letter to Elizabeth Taylor

Posted on March 31, 2011

“Home was where Elizabeth was, and he wanted to come home."
Shortly before his sudden death in 1958 Richard Burton wrote a final love letter to Elizabeth Taylor. Elizabeth never revealed the full details of the letter but the quote above is how.. >>> more

A principled man

Posted on March 23, 2011

Lancelot is galloping to the rescue again. Only this time it’s not damsels in distress he’s saving; it’s the plight of modern day man.
The reason I’m talking about knights of yore is because I recently discovered a book called Chivalry-Now: The.. >>> more

The Village: A right royal do

Posted on March 22, 2011

“What do you mean I’m cooking for the street?” This was my husband’s horrified reaction when I told him that I’d volunteered us to help arrange a street party. I explained that it was just a get together for the neighbours and that all we’d have to.. >>> more

Couples need proper selfishness

Posted on March 17, 2011

There is a term used in leadership development called ‘proper selfishness’.  It means taking time out to recharge your batteries without feeling guilty about it. The idea is that, in order to take care of others, you need to take care of.. >>> more

A hop, skip and a jump

Posted on March 15, 2011


A recent survey has looked at how children play. And it has revealed that children don’t just rely on expensive computer games and high tech gadgets for entertainment. The traditional games of tag and skipping are still as popular as.. >>> more

The Village: A bridge too far?

Posted on March 09, 2011

And there I was thinking that we were happily integrated into village life. I was wrong. Today the barricades went up; the village’s first no-go area is now official.
I spent my formative years in strife torn Northern Ireland. They barricaded.. >>> more

Skating on thin ice

Posted on March 08, 2011


A man should never take it upon himself to defend his wife’s honour unless he’s sure it will be appreciated.
Denise Welch was voted off Celebrities on Ice at the weekend. But before she glided back to her day job as a Loose Woman, the.. >>> more

The book thief

Posted on March 05, 2011


As a child I was completely hooked on The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. My small country primary school had the full set and I spent every break devouring one book after the other. I was about to start the seventh and final book in.. >>> more

May Day madness

Posted on March 04, 2011

Roll up your ribbons and dismantle your maypoles. May Day is cancelled! We’ve celebrated May Day in this country for centuries - the crowning of the May Queen, Morris and maypole dancing and necking down real ale (sorry, is it just Thaxted that’s.. >>> more

Bag lady

Posted on March 03, 2011

Result! After months of searching I’ve finally found the perfect tote bag.
I wanted something large enough to hold folders, an iPad and all my usual handbag paraphernalia which is a lot! Not too large though; you could stuff an entire capsule.. >>> more

Eat your way to success

Posted on March 02, 2011

The age of the supermarket degree is upon us.
It’s not enough to sell us insurance and banking on top of our weekly groceries. Now the supermarkets want a stake (no pun intended) in our education too.
Exeter has become the latest university.. >>> more

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