Zepp (aka The Quest for Improvement)

Have you ever wanted to get better at anything but struggled because it was something complex? I have. In fact my two passions at the moment, Golf and Table Tennis both fit that description. Both of these activities ritually humiliate and frustrate me. Golf is well known for being a difficult and frustrating sport. To master it is difficult as it’s a very technical game and a lot of the movements necessary to perform a really good golf swing consistently are a little counter-intuitive compared to the movements we are used to making in our everyday lives. I won’t go … Read The Full Article …

YouTubers (aka A World with Blurred Boundaries)

What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be an architect. OK, so I ended up giving up on that idea because when I looked into it it seemed a very long route to get there with lots of years of study before I’d actually start earning any decent money – so I went into IT instead – but I still think architect would have been pretty cool for me. I suppose for a stretch of my career I did end up working in (IT) Strategy & Architecture, so that’s something. My son also likes … Read The Full Article …

XMas (aka How To Have a Happy, Stress-Free XMas)

Unfortunately, for a lot of people, Christmas is often a stressful time … At this present moment in time with problems in the world economy, many people feel like the expense of Christmas is the last thing they need. But it doesn’t have to be expensive, or stressful at all. Doesn’t Everybody Love Christmas? I always assumed everybody loved Christmas: the cards, the food, the presents, being with the family. Until I heard a radio show a few weeks ago saying that November, December and January are the most difficult months for people who suffer from depression because of the … Read The Full Article …

Water (aka Why You Should Drink More H2O)

I reckon it’s fair to say that a lot of us take this ‘free raw material’ for granted… Can you imagine a world without water? It wouldn’t be very nice, would it? …but access to good, clean, drinkable water is a privilege and don’t you forget it – and a privilege to relatively few people if you look across the globe. Drinking More Water Drinking more water is definitely a good idea. How many calories? Zero. Well, there you go then. Did you know that often when we feel hungry, it’s actually our body craving water. At least if you … Read The Full Article …

Violence (aka What Has Happened To Our Humanity?)

Madness. The cycle of stupidity: Make weapons Sell weapons to friends (who could later turn out to be enemies) Spend millions going to war (airstrikes, friendly fire, reduce entire cities to rubble, kill innocent civilians, breed more hatred) Spend millions cleaning up the mess we’ve made Make more weapons (go to step 1) What has happened to our humanity? Today’s world feels like an even more twisted version of 1984. Violence breeds violence. Madness.

Untitled – Afraid I Can’t Tell You This One In The Title…

Why all of the mystery all of a sudden? Well, it’s not that exciting but has something to do with the way I thought about writing this post. You’ll see soon enough and will probably work it out before I tell you. I’ll shortly be going on holiday – skiing if you must know – and I intend to take about 200 books with me. At least 200. Even though I’m certain I will have very little time to do any reading at all (our skiing holidays are quite exciting you see). “How will you fit all of those books … Read The Full Article …

Trans-Fats (aka The Clever Science That Clogs Our Arteries)

Trans-Fats are used by the food industry to make products last longer and cost less. You may have already heard about trans-fats also called hydrogenated fats. You’ll find them in margarines, cookies, fast food,… The Problem With Hydrogenated Fats ‘Slight’ problem…hydrogenated fats are not naturally-occurring fats. They are made artificially by bombarding fats with hydrogen atoms in order to change their molecular structure. Pretty clever science… but not for our body which does not know how to deal with it and cannot eliminate it. Consequently, hydrogenated fats clog our arteries. They also raise the levels of bad cholesterol and decrease the … Read The Full Article …

Sleep (aka What Our Bodies Get Up To Whilst We’re Dreaming)

Sleep is one of the pillars of health. So why do we need sleep? Although the precise mechanisms and functions of sleep are still being studied and some questions remain without satisfactory responses, one thing is certain: without sleep we do not function properly. Sleep gives our body a quiet time, away from the demands of daily waking functions, to clean, repair, replenish, regulate, restore itself and prepare for another day. Why We Need Sleep: What Sleep Does For Us… Here are some of the processes taking place during our sleep: cells, damaged by free radicals during the day, are … Read The Full Article …

Re-Use (aka The Good Life)

How about this for re-use… Way back when we started writing articles for this site we wrote quite a lot of money saving tips. One of those articles, written by Isabelle was on re-use. So I’m re-using it. So, Isabelle originally started that article with the vivid memory of when she lost her job and how that made her worry about less money coming in… … how at first, she thought we would be OK, because her husband (me) still worked.  Then she panicked, thinking the drop in monthly income would mean we couldn’t afford to have the same lifestyle, … Read The Full Article …

Questions (aka The Dangers of Self-Help & Positivity)

Do you believe in positivity? What about cynicism, do you believe in that? No, I’m not asking you to be cynical – well, not entirely 😉 (though I have to admit I have been called cynical plenty of times) – it’s a question of how much positivity vs. how much cynicism – or simply put, questions. I cringe when someone tells me I run a self-help site. I do help people. That’s kind of what consultants are meant to do (i.e. the actual consulting bit is meant to be of use). I also believe that we are more empowered than … Read The Full Article …