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2017: My Year In Review

2017: My Year In Review

Introducing 2017 In January, I sat down and decided on my goals for the year.  Whilst I was positive for 2017, I always feel tentative about making big predictions for the year ahead.  However, for the first time in a few years, I really thought about what I wanted to achieve.  If you want to read about my goals for 2017, you can find them in this post titled Optimism for 2017.  A mixture of fitness, travel and experiences, my goals…

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The Meaning Of Language

The Meaning Of Language

Touched upon in a previous blog post, I explore how parts of our language are inadequate to express what we really mean.  Language is overused, emotions overstated, events overplayed so when we need to express more than the everyday norms, we are lost for words.  The meaning of language is gone.  Language is rendered inadequate… How The Meaning of Language is Changing   I think we can all agree that the phrase ‘I love pizza’ and ‘I love you’ are expressing…

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Smoke: Weird Beard Brewing Company

Smoke: Weird Beard Brewing Company

I’m not telling porkies, honest!  Yesterday I discovered Weird Beard’s Smoke, a beer which tastes like bacon.  Bacon is well known for its hangover curing properties but could it double up in order to get you drunk as well?  The cure turned source of the problem! Smoke (6% Rauchbier) Smoke, from the aptly named Weird Beard Brewing Company isn’t actually made of bacon.  In fact, it’s vegan friendly.  However, the aroma is dominated by the smell of smoked bacon, the…

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Why society needs to take note of the Nationwide advert…

Why society needs to take note of the Nationwide advert…

The Nationwide Advert   The popularity and availability of social media makes it easy to reach out to people.  Now, more than ever, it is easy to keep in touch with friends and family even if you are miles apart.  A quick text message, WhatsApp or Snapchat takes seconds.  The idea that you don’t have to be in the same place as somebody to ‘talk’ to them is welcome in today’s global society.  I keep in touch with friends I…

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Claudio Ranieri: Leicester’s Departing Hero

Claudio Ranieri: Leicester’s Departing Hero

On Thursday night, Claudio Ranieri’s dream as manager of Leicester City ended.  Ranieri was sacked after Leicester’s continued poor league form which sees them languishing near the relegation zone.  They are in 17th place with just thirteen games to go.  Ranieri’s class and respect for the club was evident on Friday afternoon when he issued a statement about his departure from the club.  Claudio Ranieri finds himself without a job just nine months after Leicester City were crowned Premier League champions. Champions 2016 There…

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Sam Allardyce and the Crystal Palace job

Sam Allardyce and the Crystal Palace job

Just over two months after leaving the role of England manager, Sam Allardyce is the favourite to take over as Crystal Palace boss.  He is odds on favourite to get the job after Alan Pardew was sacked earlier today in light of Palace’s poor league position.  But how has the disgraced England boss been forgiven so quickly? His tenure was the shortest in the history of England managers at a mere 67 days.  Big Sam had only taken charge of one game…

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A star named Frances

A star named Frances

Some weeks ago I sent one of my favourite musicians a message.  I didn’t expect a reply, nor did I expect it to come so quickly.  I was thrilled to receive that reply just two days later.  Frances is my favourite solo artist, not just for her voice but also the lyrics that she writes.  It is a privilege to have her blessing for this article.   Introducing Frances Frances is an emerging artist, rising quickly to the top of the…

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England vs Sri Lanka Third Test Verdict

England vs Sri Lanka Third Test Verdict

The third and final test in this one sided test series between England and Sri Lanka was a rather dull affair.  It was a test which never seemed to spark into life; the weather affected ending an apt finish to the game.   After Alastair Cook reached the 10,000 run milestone in the last test, his performance was more fluid than previously in this series.  It would have been fitting for the captain to amass a century after all the…

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