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This Time I Didn't Say a Single Word for 72 Hours!

Nicole Ettinger | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nicole Ettinger

It's 20th November, fast approaching 7pm - the start time for Mission Silence, the world's first sponsored silence event. I am on the phone to my best friend who asks if I've remembered to change my answer machine message but I'd completely forgotten.

Why Not Speaking for 48 Hours Is Such a Mission

Nicole Ettinger | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nicole Ettinger

It was without a doubt the most challenging 48 hours of my life. It's our natural instant to talk and the mental energy it took to stop the words in my mind from escaping my mouth was exhausting. For the first few hours I felt it necessary to have tape over my mouth.

Has Feminism Gone Too Far? Or Will We No Longer Have a Place For Mothers in Society?

Olga Levancuka | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olga Levancuka

Feminism and the fight for women's equality rights has never backfired as much as during the last decade. Where men demand from women to be what they want, i.e. equal. And rightly so.

Why Collaboration Is Key to Tackling the World's Grand Challenges

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK
Dirk Jan van den Berg

Globalisation has rendered us increasingly inter-dependent with massive opportunities and also risks/challenges as a result. Driven by technological advances from transport, to communications, and electronic networks, globalisation has delivered important advancements in terms of movement and exchange of people, ideas, values, resources, commodities and finance.

Why Sustainable Innovation Prizes Should Reward Collective Intelligence

Green Futures | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK
Green Futures

Forum for the Future and the Technology Strategy Board are exploring how competitions can reward collective intelligence, increasing the impact of funding for innovative projects.

The Challenges Faced by Female Entrepreneurs and the Importance of Female Mentoring

Annoushka Ducas MBE | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK
Annoushka Ducas MBE

One of the most important lessons I have learnt from my years in business is that nothing is possible without hard work. Women today are often juggling family, children and work and this is one of the challenges we face daily. However, as a mother of four children, I know the importance of having a support system, but also being able to be self-reliant.

Arriving in Pakistan

Haris Suleman | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK
Haris Suleman

Our departure from Al Ain was exhausting, but my father and I started to calm down once we set our sights on the tranquil waters of the Persian Gulf. ...

What Sports Psychologists Can Teach the Ad Industry

Luke Morris | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK
Luke Morris

Racing at 90mph, head-first, down an artificially frozen hill with more twists and turns than Silverstone... with no steering... on a tray. It takes a special kind of person to take up the Skeleton, with a unique set of skills: split-second decision making, nerves of carbon-fiber and razor-sharp clarity of mind...

30 Day Squat Challenge - Plus How To Do The Perfect Squat

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Squats may seem easy-peasy at first glance, but anyone who's ever done more than 20 at once knows they're a pain in the derriere. Literally. But on...

Remembering Wilfred Thesiger - The World's Greatest Desert Explorer

Adrian Hayes | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK
Adrian Hayes

The late Sir Wilfred Thesiger seems to be the man of the moment... It is an ironic accolade and tribute to the man given that, when he was alive and in an age where reality TV and celebrity adventurers didn't exist, he never quite received the recognition that he probably deserved.

Dryathlon Diary Week Two - Re-e-Lapse (Almost)

Tom Stroud | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Stroud

I spent the first couple of days genuinely enjoying my sobriety. Stress levels were lower and I slept like a baby, even rising early doors to hit the hotel gym while my colleagues slept off their hangovers. However, on the third night, our group decided to go out to sample of Manchester's famed nightlife...

Dryathlon Diary Week 1 - Go Dry or Go Home?

Tom Stroud | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Stroud

I love alcohol. There, I said it. It makes everything more enjoyable. It's been a big factor in some of my closest, most meaningful relationships. In fact, it's the main reason some girls even find me attractive enough to enter a relationship in the first place... So when the people at Dryathlon enlisted me for a month of sobriety in the name of raising money for Cancer Research UK, I felt a tad concerned.

Finding the Gifts in Life

Maggie Currie | Posted 13.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maggie Currie

When I have good days, I frequently find myself going over the details again and again, enjoying them a second and third time, as I feel the joy of my good fortune.

What Are You Reading?

Chenice Clarke | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chenice Clarke

Atwood H. Townsend once said "No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance." I couldn't agree more and while I know a handful of people who enjoy reading for pleasure, there are very few students and millennials in general who take pride in their personal reading list...

Extreme Networking

Dominic Irvine | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK
Dominic Irvine

Come and suffer It's not exactly a great starting recipe for success. I'd like you to come along, give up two days, spend several hundred pounds and p...

Technology for Good

Jilly Forster | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK Tech
Jilly Forster

I'm a communicator, not a technologist. Yet even I know that technology is not so much about finding what's new, as using what is already here. That's why I'm a firm believer that digital technology can be woven into the fabric of our society to tackle the most important social challenges.

£53 a Week - Could You Do It?

Stef Benstead | Posted 13.06.2013 | UK Politics
Stef Benstead

£53 a week. Could you do it? Most people think not. Interestingly, those on higher incomes are more likely to think that they could do it than those on lower incomes.

Running the Ukraine

Rob Martineau | Posted 08.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rob Martineau

We began the run last Sunday, on a non-descript strip of shingle by the Black Sea. The weeks before were manic; assembling kit, trying to get on TV, fundraising, making arrangements for the final day half-marathon. In the swarm of last minute preparations, the reality of the run seemed distant. Standing on the beach in Odessa all that other stuff peters out.

My Award-Winning Charity Challenge

Richard Parks | Posted 16.04.2013 | Home
Richard Parks

I was immensely proud that my challenge raised funds in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. They're are an awesome charity and as many people at some point in their lives are affected by cancer I think people were not only inspired by my efforts during the expedition but really believed in the cause I was trying to help along the way.

Religion, Politics and Charity - 10 Reasons to Fundraise for Conflict Zones such as Gaza

Rima Amin | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK
Rima Amin

People at times are reluctant to part-take in fundraising to help those in conflict zones often because of political or religious implications. Afraid of appearing biased or tarnishing their reputation, they steer away from those in need in conflict zones.

Why World Records Matter

Mark Bayliss | Posted 18.11.2012 | UK Sport
Mark Bayliss

The record I set was for the Enduroman Arch to Arc, a 290mile ultra distance triathlon that involves running, swimming and cycling from London to Paris. Before me, only 10 athletes had ever completed the challenge... It's a pretty tough nut to crack.

Rav Wilding's Challenge Tips

Rav Wilding | Posted 10.08.2012 | UK Entertainment
Rav Wilding

Winning ITV1's 71 Degrees North was an incredible experience and achievement. I want to share my advice with you using everything I've learned from that challenge on how you can be best prepared for anything because, as I found out - the hard way, it's often the things you don't expect that can cause the most problems.

Round the Isles for Rheumatoid: One Man in a Kayak

Dr Martin Lee | Posted 04.07.2012 | UK Sport
Dr Martin Lee

Unlike many, from an early age I was aware of what rheumatoid arthritis is. My auntie Maureen always struggled with everyday living and it was her daily battle with this incurable disease that inspired me to choose a career in medicine, specialising in rheumatology.

My Long Journey to Reach Run Dem Crew: London's Best Kept Running Secret

Janet Awe | Posted 10.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Janet Awe

I've changed recently. Just ask anyone who knows me. In just three weeks, I've developed a taste for self-inflicted torture and pushed my physical and...

Post Challenge Blues and What to Expect

Sam Scott Thomas | Posted 08.05.2012 | Home
Sam Scott Thomas

Life is good. We are back from a fabulous and much needed five days at the Coral Reef Club in Barbados (thank you Patrick O'Hara for looking after us so well) and Robert 'Bertie' Portal is home and dry with a smile as broad as the Atlantic Ocean itself.