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I have been thinking a lot about power recently.  The power to influence.  The power to speak and to be believed.  The power to direct, to command, to change the course of history. It can be quite interesting to look up a word that we use often and every day.  I recently looked up the word power.  The Oxford English Dictionary has two definitions: The ability or capacity to do something or act in a particular way. The ability or…

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You can’t beat the V&A museum Madejski courtyard for children in the summer.  There’s a café (which sells wine) for us adults, an ice cream trolly for the kids, grass to sit on, beautiful architecture all around you, but best of all, there are fountains, a massive pool of shallow water, and incredibly, hardly anyone seems to know about it. We took a picnic to eat on the grass.  I took the factor 50 suncream.  I took a towel and…

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Isn’t it curious how things in life come in threes? Well, maybe it isn’t that curious really.  I believe that things come in threes so am probably more inclined to remember three things together, to forget the fourth thing if there was one, or indeed to elevate the status of something that wasn’t really a thing so that I can recall and assign some meaning to a trio.  I was on my sister’s hen do the other new day and…

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I went to Future Shapers Live because I was put on this earth to do something different… …I just don’t know what that thing is.  I have an itch.  No, it is not an infection or thrush or anything like that.   It is a feeling, a yearning in my soul that I should be doing something different.  A feeling that I should be doing something more, that there is more to life than my successful government job, and my…

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Nearly two decades have passed since I spent a summer in Paris.  Seventeen years to be precise.  I was studying in an institute for political science in northern France (sciences Po Lille if you want the details) and moved to Paris to work in an office for the summer.  I lived in a tiny room at the very top of a prestigious building just near the Pont Neuf.  The Pont Neuf is a bridge across the Seine, right in the…

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My single mother role model sat in the church alone, but not lonely.  Doria Ragland, Meghan’s mother was poised, calm, serene and elegant.  She was powerful and at ease.  She was everything I want to be as a single mother.  I loved watching the Royal wedding at the weekend.  I ogled at the beautiful dress of Amal Clooney – who’d have thought that Coleman’s mustard was a colour that could look good?  I delighted at how Carey Mulligan managed to…

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First, let me insert a big fat disclaimer.  This post is not legal advice, because I am woefully unqualified to give any.  This post is me, sharing what I learned on my journey of making my blog GDPR ready.   What on earth is GDPR? GDPR is the General Data Protection Regulations that come into force 25 May 2018.  This is a big update to the Data Protection Act 1998. This new law on data protection says what you should do…

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Spring is most definitely here, the blossom has blossomed and the evenings are longer.  My facebook feed is full of photographs of picnics in the park, rosé wine al fresco at dusk and of children with ice cream all over their faces.  Even if it isn’t sunny this minute, it will be quite soon.  I am trying to figure out what my summer wardrobe actually consists of, it is so many months since I wore it.  In fact, I think…

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There are times when I think I am through all of this.  When I think I am through the turmoil of the break up and the rock bottom feeling of failure and of feeling intimidated by my ex and his family. To my red wine, hello darkness my old friend.  And then there are times when it all just comes flooding back and I feel weak and powerless and anxious and a little bit scared again.  Tonight was one of…

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I have always had a bit of a soft spot for Kate aka the Duchess of Cambridge.  There is something about her that is just a bit more relatable than the other Royals –  for me there is anyway.  Yes, okay, I know that I am a single mum, who has a full time paid job, whereas Kate is very much coupled and well off and has never really had paid employment of any significance in her life.  But there…

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