I have been thinking a lot recently about how and why I am so passionate about the crafts industry. A student in 3D design contacted me only last week looking for information. He was writing an essay on whether 'Craft is anachronism in the 21st Century' - wow! I could write reams and reams both for and against...
I have been part of many debates on gender diversity in corporate boardrooms. Although there is a long road ahead, one small step in the right direction is that the issue is now more firmly fixed in the minds of shareholders, employers and employees. And I hope events like last week will be a catalyst for greater interest and awareness of our public boards and equal appointments to them. It's a promising start that number of women taking up public appointments is increasing across Whitehall.
The jury may still be out on the future of ebooks v tree books and the world of publishing is facing its biggest challenges ever but the government has now waded in on whether to transfer the administration of the annual lifeline for many writers, the PLR cheque, to another body - and, as I write, we are awaiting the verdict.
Today the government launches a multi-million pound advertising campaign encouraging you to stay at home this year and not go abroad for your breaks. Each year millions of us take holidays abroad, millions of us stay at home too. But we don't choose what break is best for us on the basis of government advertising.