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The Interesting Story of Christmas Cards

The Interesting Story of Christmas Cards

Do you still send friends and family Christmas cards or do you just flick off an email? Christmas cards are very much a tradition of English speaking countries. It’s not so big in other countries in Europe and definitely not the thing in Asia and Africa. Americans send some 6.5 billion greeting cards a year,
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How Can You Measure What You Have Achieved the Past Year

How Can You Measure What You Have Achieved the Past Year?

The end of the year is fast approaching. Do you sometimes look back and wonder what you have achieved in a year? I like John Lennon’s ‘Christmas Song’ which begins “So this is Christmas, and what have you done? Another year over, and a new one just begun.” So what have you done this year?
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Should You Forgo Christmas

Should You Forgo Christmas?

Do you know anyone who is opting out of Christmas this year? I can understand why people would want to forgo Christmas. It is an incredibly stressful time of year. Too many functions, too many duties, too busy, the traffic, the pressure. It is also an expensive time of year – the cost of presents
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The Ethics of the ‘cancel culture’ Concept

The Ethics of the ‘cancel culture’ Concept

Australia’s most beloved dictionary, the Macquarie Dictionary, has just announced its word of the year – cancel culture. Cancel culture is the online phenomenon of boycotting public figures who say or do the wrong thing. In this blog I’ll look at the concept and the ethics of ‘cancelling’ people, who are tried by media or
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How to Stop Staying Things You Later Regret

How to Stop Staying Things You Later Regret

Have you ever said something you regret? Wait, that’s a dumb question – a better question is how often do you say stuff which you later regret? I often say stuff I shouldn’t. Saying the wrong thing can make you look foolish, but worse, can hurt people. You can damage relationships, even end friendships, and
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What to Look Forward to At 70 … and Beyond

What to Look Forward to At 70 … and Beyond

I have really enjoyed writing this series of blogs on what people get out of every decade of life. It reminded me that we do have different priorities at different ages. In our 20s we are still figuring out who we are, but we have time for friends and travel. In our 30s we are
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