How’s that for a coincidence!

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Sometimes it’s peculiar how small random things in life line up and coincide. They may have no special significance but just leave you thinking, “Hm, that’s strange.” Today was a bit like that – and what’s more, I ended up knowing a lot more about Earl Grey than I did before. Continue reading

What can you find when you go off the beaten track?

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Guest blog by Terry Ward

Many of us think we know what buildings there are of interest in our area and we’ve probably visited all the best-known ones. Then, when we encounter a new part of the country, we follow the hordes of tourists to the likes of Stonehenge or the Tower of London or the Roman baths or wherever screams loudest at us from the racks of gaudy tourist leaflets.

But, if we take the trouble to read up on some more detailed information or, better still, to talk to the locals or the experts, we can often be rewarded with finding somewhere really special which not everyone knows about.
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What will you do when you’ve retired?

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Al fresco dining

Al fresco dining

I retired a week ago and so far, I have to say, retirement’s been good to me! But what will I do when the novelty has worn off? Because people keep telling me the novelty WILL wear off and I WILL get bored. Hmm, I don’t think so but – just in case it does- it probably wouldn’t do any harm to start formulating some plans.

So here they are, my plans for retirement (in no particular order because I don’t have to bother about that kind of thing any more):
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How to be Happy

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The psychology of happiness is now a recognised science and, all around the world, there are hundreds of academics looking into this most important of subject areas. When people are asked what they want to achieve in life or what they would wish for their children, the answer is often “just to be happy”. It seems such a simple thing, yet there are still so many apparently unhappy people. Where are they all going wrong? Continue reading