If your glasses work best when they’re perched on the top of your head then maybe you should be demanding better service. Service from yourself that is. Consider your maintenance contract. If you were to buy it from someone else, would you sign? Do you go to regular check-ups? Are you happy with your GP? Would you be able to spot your dentist in a … Continue reading Give yourself an upgrade
This would be a perfect candy of glamour and mischief if only it wasn’t over too soon. Why do characters in costume dramas have to speak so quickly? The dialogue in this film is a fizzy delight but only if you have extremely quick-witted hearing, or if like me, you turn on the subtitles and then use the pause button to read it. … Continue reading Film review: Love and Friendship
They say you can get away with anything if you walk purposefully and carry a clipboard. At times of uncertainty we all look for the person who seems to know what they’re doing but those are the times when it is most important to be that person in your life. Okay, let’s be honest: none of us really know what we’re doing. At best … Continue reading Statement of intent
We all have financial bad habits. Grief can throw us so far off our game that we don’t even see them. These three ways of thinking are common.
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In tough times our social capital is every bit as important as our financial resources. But it’s a mistake to think of them as separate. There are lots of old and new ways of connecting with others that also boost your bottom line.
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Amidst the froth and scattiness, Helen Fielding treats her heroine’s response to grief with light but splendid realism.
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Thinking you’ve left it too late to do what you really want to do? Think again. Vera Wang – designer After a childhood as a championship figure skater, Vera studied art history and worked as a fashion journalist until she was 38. Only then did she go to work for fashion designer Ralph Lauren. She stayed for two years before starting her own bridal … Continue reading Late bloomers
In 1988, psychologist James Pennebaker asked 50 university students to write about either something traumatic or something unimportant, for fifteen to twenty minutes, for four days in a row. Their health and visits to their doctor were measured six weeks after the writing exercise. The researchers found that students who had written about something traumatic, went on to show boosted immune function, lowered blood pressure, … Continue reading Try this
It might be easier than you think to broaden your horizons. Whether you want to gain a specific vocational qualification or try something just to prove you can, there is a world of free and funded opportunities. For example, did you know that top universities offer courses online for free? Or that there are countries where the colleges and universities don’t charge tuition fees? … Continue reading How to bankroll your next move
2014 Little is shown in the cinema of how much bereaved people struggle to be kind to one another while containing the fury churned up by loss. We tie ourselves in knots. We fail. Mired in shame and remorse, we have no choice but to keep moving forward. The films that have ventured into this territory have been high drama affairs. August: Osage … Continue reading Film review: Lilting
Tonight BBC1 will broadcast footballer Rio Ferdinand’s documentary about raising three children after being widowed. This week bereavement is a talking point on radio shows and in the press. As always, many bereaved people taking part say that what helped them most was hearing from other bereaved people. We couldn’t agree more so we’ve rounded up of some of the good ones that you … Continue reading A big week for bereavement phone-ins