When celebrities do good things…

I was watching a TV chat show the other night. You probably know the kind; celebrity interviewer deposits 3 or 4 other celebrities on a sofa, grills them lightly with safe, pre-arranged questions, all the while hoping there won’t be a monstrous clash of VIP egos.   Usually, the celebs are wheeled in by eager-eyed…

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Saved by an angel?

Two weeks ago, I took my car for its MOT. The car was fine, passed the test but as I was leaving the shop, the mechanic mentioned that I’d need to replace my front brake pads and one of my tyres, ‘probably within a couple of months’. For some reason (unlike me, especially when it…

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Listen to the little voices…

So I should admit up-front, that I’m not very good with cars.  Forget fuel absorption or engine size, my last car was purchased on the basis that it had a decent stereo system and that its shiny Aqua blue would make it easier to find in car parks.   Of course, I know the basics,…

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Are you toxic? 

When I was a kid, I loved the Ghostbusters’ films; that bumbling team of misfits on a mission to destroy the toxic slime surging through the city’s sewers.  The slime (a thick pink sludge) reacted to anger and negative emotions. The angrier people became, the faster the slime grew, until in the end it was…

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Don’t believe everything you read…

A few years ago, late one afternoon at work, my phone rang and it was a journalist from a well-known newspaper.   She explained she was writing a story about a church which was hiring out its building to be used for art exhibitions and charity fashion shows. Sunday services would carry on as normal…

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When you need a miracle…

It was hard, dusty work. The men were using their bare hands to scrape away at the roof. They were tired, a bit thirsty, but in good spirits as they worked away, grabbing chunks of mud, straw, tearing, pulling up, trying to create a hole big enough. They didn’t have much in the way of…

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The beauty of a closed door.

I’m house-hunting. To be fair, I’ve been house-hunting in a fairly commitmentphobe sort of way for a couple of years.  But recently, the search gathered a bit of a steam and I made an actual real-life offer on a property.  Initially I was a little unsure and went through a wobbly deliberation process of uhming…

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Learning how to be vulnerable. 

They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, that you shouldn’t look at a person and make an assumption about their life. Well, sometimes, I do. And a few years ago, I was badly tripped up by my own nasty preconceptions. I was at a big music conference in the US; great speakers,…

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When you’re lost, stuck in the middle of nowhere.

I admit, I have no sense of direction.  I couldn’t find my way out of a paper bag if my life depended on it and to me, maps are just blurry, squiggly lines on a page.   Anyone who’s ever sat in my passenger seat knows that at some point on most journeys, I’ve taken…

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How to change the world.

When I was at school, I really, really wanted to be a prefect.  For me, it felt like a badge of honour, a way to be just a bit more special than everyone else, with the added perk of being able to stay indoors during break times, on cold and wintery days. When selection time…

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