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Life at 75

Beth Britton | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Mum has recently celebrated her 75th birthday, and while many writers often fail to put the voice of older people at the forefront of their writing, I wanted to go some way to redressing that balance by finding out directly from my mum what life is really like at 75.

Writing a New Story: Leadership in Changing Times

Kanada Elizabeth Gorla | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK
Kanada Elizabeth Gorla

The question is not whether we are leaders but what we are leading ourselves and others towards? Leadership is intimately bound up with narrative, and the work of developing leaders, if it is to be relevant, must concern itself with the wider context of the narratives we find ourselves in and those we are creating with every choice we make.

Change Is Unavoidable - And There's No Excuse for Not Doing It Well

John Tizard | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK
John Tizard

Whatever sector and level you identify yourself with (public, social, voluntary, community, social enterprise, voluntary, NGO or business sectors), it is a given that leaders, managers, employees, service users and customers are facing the fastest pace of change in their lifetimes, with only two certainties ahead - still more uncertainty, and more change.

We're So Connected Nowadays. Or Are We?

Jojo Furnival | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

As we sat in the middle of our mats, eyes closed, James asked us to picture our 7 year old selves sitting in front of us. And as we breathed our ujjayi breath (ocean breathing) with mouths open, each of us looked into the quizzical face of our 7 year old selves as they looked back and asked, 'How are we doing? How are we doing as an adult?'

Oxjam Music Festival Boosted by Rise in Social Businesses

Leeanne Boulton | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Leeanne Boulton

Last year over quarter of a million pounds was raised from 60 plus regional Takeovers throughout the UK and this year the target is £400,000. Since 2006, Oxjam has raised more than £2.3million for Oxfam.

This Stolen $10,000 Must Have Been Seriously Heavy To Carry

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK

Burglars who targeted a US home carried away around $10,000 (£6,214) - all in coins. The missing money had all been kept in change in a rural west...

The End of the World Is Not Enough: Why the Key to Understanding Change Is Understanding Ourselves

Martin Dorey | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Martin Dorey

We don't like to be told what to do. We don't like to be told to compromise, when others don't. Each of us is as important as the other, so why shouldn't we have what they have?

The Fear of Opportunity

Sarah Wauterlek Pierson | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Wauterlek Pierson

We were harshly thrown into it when our spouses died. Whether it was cancer or a tragic accident, we had to find a new way of living when death came knocking at our door. We had to be brave then, and we will choose a new kind of bravery when our feet step onto foreign land having left our homes, families, friends, and jobs behind.

The Union Has Changed, But Northern Ireland Remains Unchanged as the Pork-Barrel Sectarian Principality

Brian John Spencer | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

The Union abides. Change is afoot, utterly. Scotland gets more power. England evolves. Wales will do its thing. Change is afoot - Except in Northern Ireland.

Naked as the Day One Was Porn

Ash Halliburton | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ash Halliburton

Yet, all these generations had something in common, a porn magazine was shared amongst friends, it was fun, exciting, nerve racking. Now accessibility is so extensive it's become the norm, and girls expect it, as they feel it is the norm too.

Why Changing Your Attitude Matters

Dmitry Dmitriev | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK
Dmitry Dmitriev

Yes, there is so much pain due to uncertainty (lots of efforts for no results, etc.), however pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional. Instead of complaining being demotivated tweak it to being genuinely curious about upcoming life's gifts.

The Greatest Decision I Almost Didn't Make

Chloe Gunning | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Gunning

It's time for an adventure. Three months away from reality, work and looking after other peoples' lives... time to start looking after my own. While I'm using some inheritance money to kick me off, it won't be all five star hotels! I'm budgeting heavily, and enjoying reading travel blogs on how to see the world on a shoestring.

Under Siege

Ruby Wax | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I feel under siege, everything feels like an emergency from the fear we're on the cusp of a World War to the fact I missed my dentist appointment and he's going to charge me for it. Why am I so strung out? I'm sure in the past I wasn't this panicked...

Change and Acceptance on the Road to Happiness

Sandi Wassmer | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sandi Wassmer

This is not to say that you should be skipping in the fields when sad or upsetting things happen. Acceptance is not about resignation, ignoring reality or doing nothing. It's about fully acknowledging what has happened, seeing it for what it is and then finding your way to let it go.

Communication: Are You Getting What You Want?

Sloan Sheridan-Williams | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sloan Sheridan-Williams

The right communication can drive the world to talk, but the wrong interactions can severely challenge a person's world. With social media and modern technology driving opinions, we often forget to work on person to person interaction which is the foundation of communication. It is great to be heard on such a global scale but for most of us daily connections can prove a mine field.

Out of Order? Now That's an Understatement!

Mercedes Ngoh | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mercedes Ngoh

It is completely OUT OF ORDER that our hospitals, a place that should be a champion of health and well being, a place that should be the first to educate the masses and promote healthy eating and conscious living, are encouraging the consumption of the very things that cause a large number of the diseases they are treating in the first place.

Celebrate Schools, Don't Inspect Them

Oliver Beach | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Beach

As a teacher I can say that the prospect of a spontaneous Ofsted visit is a scary and intimidating thought. Even after only 18 months in teaching, the idea of a 15-minute judgement period leaves me feeling vexed with Ofsted who, to my mind, are the bad guy, the anathema in education.

Find Your Inner Ego: Layla

Pippa Moyle | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Pippa Moyle

Layla is a piano-based singer-songwriter living in Grenwich, London. Her music has been played on Made in Chelsea, her gigs are always packed and she is living every musician's dream - music is her full time job.

Name and Shame?

Ema Borges | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Tech
Ema Borges

I reacted yesterday to a Twitter post where someone named and shamed a lady who had killed her kitten in a microwave. This disturbed woman's picture went up, just to show her face, and beneath the picture were many comments from naturally reactive, sickened people.

Jessica Elgot

Nigerian Fights To Stay In UK To Stop Daughters Having Genitals Mutilated

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.04.2014 | UK

A Nigerian asylum seeker is pleading with the government to let her stay in Britain, claiming her abusive husband will taking their two little daughte...

Nothing Is Permanent But Change

Amy Anka | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Anka

Sometimes you can go on, feeling a certain way for the longest time, and then in an instant, everything changes. Something shifts within us. And suddenly, we can't even remember the way we used to feel. We only know how we feel now.

14 Ways to Put the Bounce Back Into Your Morning

Karen Pine | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Pine

After starting my day with a diet of positivity I find my whole outlook changes. And this has a knock-on effect. After all, if you enter a room with a smile on your face you're more likely to spread a bit of sunshine than if you go in scowling.

How Would You Like to See Yourself in a Year's Time?

Maggie Currie | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maggie Currie

If you were to look ahead one year, how would you like to see yourself? Would you like to see you exactly the same as you are now, or are there some slight, or even major, changes you would like to make to your behaviour, your look, your attitude or something else?

A Ray of God, a Ray of Hope for Afghanistan

Farzana Balooch | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK
Farzana Balooch

In spite of the uncertainty we currently face, the endurance of my people throughout conflict, and in particular the resilience of women, gives me hope for Afghanistan's future. I pray that they have learned from this last decade and can use that learning to build a better future for us all.

Going Into Your Shell

Amy Anka | Posted 22.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Anka

I have been venting my anger and sadness through the written word. I email my friend, and send her my unpublished articles. "No. You cannot publish that." She tells me. I become frustrated. "You are trapped in a loop." She goes on.