It's been an incredibly fun year being involved with Dragons Den, I've made some wonderful new friends, my fellow Dragons, and had the opportunity to invest in some really remarkable and talented young entrepreneurs. I'm thrilled at how well my first three investments are doing.
You need a bit of steel to go with the creativity but it is important to be a good boss as well as a good designer. Having Sienna in the business was obviously an amazing help because of the profile she has. We made a good team as she has incredible style and we share a fashion sensibility.
I love writing reviews, I really do. But this was one I was reluctant to write. No, not because it was not worth reviewing. Quite the opposite! Matakauri Lodge is SO wonderful that I want to keep it all to my selfish selfie self.
While any right-thinking person (especially a devoted Destiny's Child fan like myself) couldn't agree more with Beyoncé's inclusion as one of Time's 'Most Influential' people, I simply think she'd be an even stronger model if she didn't bare all, all of the time.
Thank you for representing the ideal role model for young women; a strong female who doesn't insist on jutting out her collar bones at every photo opportunity. You say what you think without any qualms and you're able to make fun of yourself.
Rather than trying to be different with what you wear, you try to be 'ardently ordinary' or 'endearingly awkward', and, for a character rarely seen out of his zip- up polyester cardigan and sweat pants, it means Derek is not just riding a Normcore wave, he's the king of the movement.
I initially wanted a chicken soup but then I realised I wanted something a bit more substantial. So I created this dish, which I suppose is a hybrid between a tagine and a light stew. I prepared this dish like a tagine in the sense of layering but added more water to it to create a soupy base.
When we get something we want badly, the wanting diminishes, which is great news until the next want comes along. This puts us into a constant state of want, need, lust, greed and most of the seven deadly sins... The other problem is because we never really feel like we get what we want because there's always someone who has more, we live in a constant state of wanting. This need for success is embedded in our culture. If we don't reach these self- imposed goals, we may experience a sense of worthlessness. In my opinion this is why so many people over-shop.
"What am I waiting for?!" I'm always waiting on something; a man, a deal, a friend. Not least of all waiting to travel to places I've always wanted to see. Fast forward 10 hours and I'm en route to the land that joins the East and West.
Responsibility is a mandatory for business - and it's about being mindful. Mindful of others feelings, experiences, ambitions and hopes. Mindful to avoid upsetting them. Mindful to make them happy. Mindful of the things that are important to them. Anyway, I was thinking about my own sense of responsibility (and hopefully integrity) in the context of my business interests and thought I'd explore some of the thinking behind the things I get up to and why I do them.
With the release of his hit BBC TV detective drama Shetland on DVD, I spoke to the Scottish actor about the show... and thoughts on being an action figure.
Whilst I was absentmindedly posting some letters at the end of my road ready for Tuesday's first collection, I saw the most wonderful new piece of street art. Right at the end of my street. Here it is...
Bob Dylan's song and his persistent campaigning for Carter during the Rolling Thunder Revue tour meant that Rubin Carter's case was brought to the attention of mainstream America. Just two months after the Hurricane II show the New Jersey Supreme Court overturned the Lafayette convictions, ruling that the trial's prosecution withheld evidence favourable to the defendants
Why do we so desire to own this great body? Is it just to be more attractive? No, if we get deep down inside ourselves and be completely honest, we find the real reason behind doing this is for a sense of self-mastery, efficacy. That's the real reason behind all goal achieving.
The Met Office now has a team of space weather advisors, monitoring and forecasting potential disruption to the UK due to extra terrestrial events. By this, I mean the possible disruption to the technologies and infrastructure we all now heavily depend upon, including communications systems, power networks, satellite services like GPS, and the aviation industry.
What helps if you have depression is realising that you are not alone, that this 'illness' actually exists like any other physical illness; you are not making it up and you are not some self-indulgent, self-obsessed narcissist who's looking for pity or an excuse not show up at work or school.