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When making assumptions can be a good thing

Hands up who’s heard the saying; “when you assume, you make an ass out of u and me both”.  My first memory of hearing it was from the mouth of Agent Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs (I think) and I’ve therefore always thought of making assumptions having a negative connotation (and of course ...

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Why SMEs should continue the Christmas cheer into 2019

Blue Monday? Whether or not you believe in the formula behind the phenomenon of Blue Monday (a term apparently devised by a Dr Cliff Arnall, describing the most miserable day of the year), it’s clear to everyone that January is a bit of a depressing month, not least when we return to work after a potentially long bre...

Work, Rest, and Plays

Although I’ve been running Charaderie since 2004, it was only in May of 2016 that I took the plunge and gave up all other (safe, regularly paid) work to concentrate on fully developing and growing the business. Previously, I’d worked at Wedding Presents Direct (now The Wedding Present Co) for 10 years, and received...

A Murder to Die For

Did you get a set of pants for Christmas that you didn’t really want?  Not me! It’s no surprise that as we get older, we become increasingly difficult to buy presents for, and a great number of my friends and family are now buying an experience for their loved ones, rather than wasting money on some unwanted under...

Winner Winner!

Winning is very exciting (especially if, like me, you’re not hugely competitive and therefore it doesn’t happen very often).  It might be a game of Cluedo or the Egg & Spoon race at the school sports day, where your reward is simply the thrill of taking part and the simple pleasure of coming first with no thou...

Goodness, it really is rather hard running your own business isn’t?!

Apparently, it’s ‘National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day’ in the U.S.  Don’t worry America, I had this one totally covered over the recent Easter holidays, no need for me to participate today! This is familiar to anyone who works for themselves and takes on the nigh on impossible job of ‘getting ...

Playing to your strengths

The Man Who Shot Tutankhamun; what a great title for a documentary! Was this some new theory about his death, I thought?  (It was late and I’d had a long day, in my defence) but no, it turned out to be a fascinating programme presented by the wonderful Margaret Mountford about Harry Burton, the photographer ‘who...

What’s in a Name?

Now I’m not claiming to be the next Eddie Izzard (although that would be great, wouldn’t it?!) but one of the most important things affecting my well-being is the ability to laugh, and to make others laugh. We know all the scientific stuff about releasing feel-good chemicals, and we know without being told that i...

Miss Scarlet with the lead piping…

We all love Cluedo, right?  Well put it this way – I was far more likely to persuade the rest of my family to play this with me than the dreaded Monopoly, and as a budding sleuth I was always delighted when they agreed to investigate with me.  Playing games together unites families, and it’s possibly our first ...