In my mind my life was going to change overnight as I slotted smoothly into the community, winning marrow growing contests whilst rising to a position of power within the WI. But what's the reality? Here's what I've learnt about moving to the country, so you don't have to.
Although I work from home I regularly travel and meet people in London and elsewhere. But despite meticulous planning and a lot of (expensive) childcare it doesn't always go smoothly. Here are just 10 things that nearly stopped me from getting to work today:
If you've watched TNA Wrestling on Challenge TV, you'll know that the promotion knows how to put on an excellent show. Having moved to a new network in the states, TNA was determined to deliver a quality product and so it has...
I have over the last few years become angry at a minor elite in politics, pushing out the regular person, the little guy. So I have decided to throw my hat in and try and be selected as the Conservative candidate for London Mayor.
Whether you're after work boozing in London or getting a Brighton beachside fix, when the sun shines on the UK it's basically criminal to drink indoors. Go and grab that extra vitamin D while you can at one of these epic rooftop bars.
As soon as you have purchased a new bike, record the frame number, bike details and take photos - especially of unique parts/features - the police will ask for this if you are a victim of cycle theft. There are a number of police approved and monitored registers, such as Immobilise.com who also offer bike tagging technology.
The after shock from the general election is still rumbling round the British Labour Party. Prophets of doom variously predict 10 or maybe 15 years of opposition and some even suggest that the party will never recover. Others have begun the post-mortem and taken the first steps towards rebuilding with the start of the national leadership contest.
To free up opportunities for Londoners, TfL are launching their new 24 hour weekend night tube on the 12th September 2015, running several London tube lines into the night and enabling Londoners and commuters to come in and out of the city at any-time on weekends. I looked at the general public's opinion on the night tube, how it might affect them and the potential pitfalls of the night tube, underlying the recent rail strike plans coming up towards the end of this month.
If people question the league's decision making when it comes to these sorts of issues and their supposedly contradicting punishments, how would they feel about a decision as large as moving one team halfway across the world?
British society still seems to place tangible symbols of wealth and power on a pedestal, and I think many see cyclists and view them as lesser forms of transport. Where, in fact, London should attach status to people who walk and cycle above all other forms of transport.
"It's the classic story of crash and burn," says Mark Baxter, the writer of the new documentary film Tubby Hayes: A Man In A Hurry which hopes to do for one of this country's jazz greats what Searching For Sugar Man (2012) did for Sixto Rodriguez.
Here is my challenge, to you and myself: lets not become a nation of zombie offices. Lets unplug our headphones, put down our phones, resist the urge to email and make sure we all take the time to speak to one another, share ideas and collaborate where we can everyday. Not only will this create much healthier and more vibrant offices, but we will be more productive too.
2014 brought a multitude of perspectives regarding the homeless in the UK from the spikes installed outside London shops and flats to deter rough slee...
The UK has a well-developed model to achieve 'good', however motivating Millennials to become great will be hard without change. We have 46 Olympic sports but to get to 60 Gold medals, most incremental medals will come from 'outside the model' (such as new sports like Snowboarding). How refreshing to witness a UK sports think tank engaging with how to achieve that. It made me proud to be British.
Last weekend the American Football team Jacksonville Jaguars announced two NFL Draft picks live from London - the first time a city outside of the US has ever been involved - and as my agency, Fast Track, look after the Jags' UK PR and social media we were on hand to support.
The Conservatives won the general election just, granted. Labour did shockingly badly, true. I am not saying that had online voting been an option this would be entirely different, but at least it would show signs of progress in a political system that seems to be getting stale and mouldy.