Stojo Pocket Cup review

photo: Nic McPhee If there is one thing worse than office tea and coffee then it's office tea and coffee served in an office mug. Weak tea, made in a rush and then finished off with milk substitute is not the drink of the…

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Parenting by Post-it

How to be a good parent, in two easy Post-it notes. As I looked up from my work, I caught you writing on the wall. I watched as you slowly scratched out the message on the green Post-it note. "be nice!" Then you smiled and…

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Time for a Digital Declutter

I'm having a digital declutter in January. Cal Newport in his email newsletter asked if anyone wanted to take part in a digital declutter in January. 31 days of no optional social media - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. In addition, no using the internet for…

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Why I ride

It’s at around the 2 mile mark when I’m aware that I’m not thinking about what I’m doing anymore. It’s the Buzzard that flies overhead, matching my speed so it seems to be hovering above me, almost within touching distance, giving me a few moments…

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Into the woods

You can work hard for your whole life, save money and then get to retire with a lump sum to buy a piece of woodland like this. To own it. Or you can just walk outside and visit for free thanks to great organisations…

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Middle-Aged Man in Lycra

As the clock on my ageing work laptop showed 12.30pm I closed down Outlook and powered everything off. 12.35pm, I was upstairs, shoehorning myself into my aging lycra. Orange and Black like all of the most dangerous things, the McLaren F1 2017 team, Harley Davidson’s…

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Letters to Lawrie - My precious little gift

You are my precious little gift. I hope to live a long and healthy life. In fact, I hope to be around well into my dribbling, cantankerous, embarassing-but-fun old dotage, watching you grow into a man. I lost my Dad when I was quite little.

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How to quit LinkedIn but still be uber-employable

An old school friend whom I'd not spoken to for years suddenly connected with me. We'd spent a long time together as teens. Life had moved on, I'd moved up North, changed careers many times, become a whippet owner... This friend was now half way…

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