Perhaps you'll think I'm naïve, but I still believe that when you have a debate, it's a good idea to have some facts readily to hand. So here are some facts that you might find useful next time you're thinking about that "swarm" (David Cameron's word, not mine) of migrants crossing the Mediterranean from north Africa. Why not keep them handy (the facts, not the migrants) on your smartphone, or print them out and shove them in a pocket.
These latest figures only serve to reinforce the need for a radical rethink about our second chamber, which is getting bigger and more expensive by the day. Surely it can't be right that when politicians are talking about reducing the cost of politics, they're set to stuff the upper chamber with yet more party appointees?
As the EU Referendum campaign kicks-off, seasoned pundits continue to argue that the possibility of 'Brexit' remains slim, if existent at all. They are wrong.
Giving up my smartphone was the first step, and several weeks ago I decided to go deeper and declutter my home... I took a radical step and got rid of all tech devices at home, either moving them into my office (they're productivity tools after all, aren't they?) or selling them.
The shape of the family has changed immeasurable in recent decades as divorce, remarriage and single parenthood have become increasingly common. No one would wish to turn back the clock, but are we underestimating the impact that changing family structures are having on young men in particular?
People today walk almost a third less than they did just twenty years ago. Whilst for our grandparent's generation, walking to school was the norm, nowadays it's becoming more and more uncommon.
There are sub-plots aplenty in the Premier League's upcoming season. Will Harry Kane repeat his incredible performance from last season? Will Chelsea be the first team to retain the title since Manchester United in 2009? Will Tim Sherwood's head fall off under the weight of his concentrated smugness? Putting those aside for a second, let's have a look at the youngsters.
Mannequins are an extension of a brand's creative vision; one that may not be to everyone's (or anyone's) taste. Will a piece of plastic ever be seen as the equivalent of a human body? Doubtful. Until then, let's focus on banning the things that matter.
Transfer silly-season is still rolling on, but many Premier League teams have done their business early in the quest to improve for the coming campaign... Here are five summer signings who will have a significant impact on the destination of next season's Premier League trophy.
Are you over scheduling and overloading your to-do list? Keep over scheduling and overloading, and you'll end up feeling overwhelmed. When overwhelm happens, it distorts our reasoning and response-ability. It also clouds the mind from clear thinking and, as a result, not much gets done, even though we may have lots to do.
The crisis in Calais isn't going away. And while it may feel like a local problem that will eventually slip out of the news, the truth is it is part of a wider international humanitarian challenge that Europe is failing to grasp. Ramping up the rhetoric towards the rest of the world, demonising people or turning Britain inwards - as David Cameron seems to want to do - won't solve the problem.
We need to shed our naiveté and learn how to tell our stories so people will listen. I guarantee you won't get a celebrity-endorsed Twitter-storm about the destruction of seagrass and mangroves, but you might get it from the tale of Marvin the homeless manatee... We need to learn from this how to weave stories, to engage the public in the plight of wildlife. Conservation needs powerful friends, mass action and money, and icons and figureheads can be vitally important. If this tragic drama accomplishes any small part of this, then Cecil didn't die in vain.
Yesterday's Court of Appeal judgment ought to be the end of the line for the systematic incarceration of asylum-seekers in the UK. For the fifth time, the British courts have concluded that the Detained Fast Track asylum process is operating unlawfully.
I am someone who, if stories in the press are to be believed, would stand to lose out financially due to "socialist" policies. Yet after listening carefully to all four candidates, it is clear to me that Jeremy Corbyn's policy platform is not on the "loony left".
Perhaps we just scrap prison all together and kill anyone who breaks the law, saving on expensive admin. Here are some more innovative (ill thought out) ideas I've come up with to make prisons more effective and cheaper...
Today something happened. Something which I need to get off my chest.... I got sent a nude pic of some guy - front facing (you get the idea) - via the usually oh-so-tame social networking site, Twitter. And to say it was completely unexpected would be an understatement.
Technology may be neutral but how it impacts on work and who benefits is not. Our politics - and public policy - will remain vital in shaping these outcomes, and ensuring that Uber works for us and we don't end up working for Uber.
There's something to be said for the Italians - they do it bloody well. And by "it", I mean everything; food, wine, football, and as I found out recently on a trip to Tuscany, incredible beach resorts.
Narrator: It's a lovely sunny day and Peppa and George are playing in the garden. Peppa: I'm better at jumping up and down in muddy puddles than you are. You're rubbish. [GEORGE KICKS PEPPA, PEPPA RUNS INSIDE CRYING]. Narrator: Mummy Pig is in the kitchen, wondering what happened to her life.
Cynical click-bait headline aside, I'll cut to the chase, they don't work. There, I said it. But let's look at why that is, there are three main reasons...
I'm not going to pontificate on the evils of technology because I'm even getting bored of myself going on about that. If people want to bubble-wrap themselves against the dangers and difficulties that make travelling such a beautiful thing then I say let them. I'll stick to the old fashioned way, one hand outstretched, a beer in the other and I'll probably start with something like "Hi".
Having a family dog is a wonderful thing, but we learned the hard way that raising a puppy is not easy. From eating my son's birthday cake to getting a horse to charge at me, here are the most important things we have learned in the past two years of raising our Labrador puppy Mikey.