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When the doctors surgery is frightened of being sued!

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On Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th December 2017 my mum had to visit her doctors... 

Sheepcot surgery. A relocated surgery which is now on the new estate next to the Harry Potter studios.

The surgery is an excellent example of a modern day health centre with automatic doors, ramps, lift and easy access tools to facilitate what is an ageing client base.

As you will no doubt remember the dates concerned were pretty cold... -5c in parts and a heavy snow on Sunday meant that snow, compacted, thawed, then re-frozen poses a real hazard to walking.

Much to my surprise on the Monday afternoon having managed to secure a spot in the disabled bay it was instantly noticeable that neither the parking area, nor the walkways had been treated with salt in any shape or form.

Being fully able bodies even I was having to be careful not to lose my balance myself... imagine an 82 old on a zimmer frame navigating this? We didn't have cause to visit the reception desk on the way out so I thought nothing of …

12 benefits of not drinking booze in December...

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For many the run up to Christmas is one of the most stressful times of the year, the rush for Xmas gifts, all the preparations, and, trying to ensure everyone's expectations and needs are met.

For others the onset of December means finally, the beginning of party time and the fun, after the long dark and often dismal November slips away.

This is the month where the biggest excuse for 'letting go' is wheeled out most often. "Go on... it is Christmas". There is no doubt it is the month where most of us throw caution to the wind, with a firm resolve to make amends in our new years resolution!
There are however some good benefits to us if we don't just 'go along' with the Christmas roller coaster relating to booze... here are some of my thoughts... although let me make it clear, I have done my fair share of drinking at Christmas in the past... now though I see things a bit differently... Age probably!
Below my top reasons for abstaining in the party season…

A bit of exercise really does make a difference!

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The weather has been getting cooler(you might have noticed) ... and wetter... 

This has meant I have felt less inclined to get out on the bike. Cold fingers, cold legs... being two of the main issues...

However mum needed something dropping into the doctors and some shoes picking up from the orthodontics clinic... so i took the opportunity to 'get on my bike'. It was chilly... it was fresh out there... but... it was nice to get back in the saddle too!

Before I got on the bike...
I'm sure you might recognise some of this chatter that goes on... 

I kind of was leaving it a bit late to go around to the doctors...  almost so late that I would have to use the carI have been fighting of a cold for about a week and have feeling particularly lethargic so maybe I ought to just take the car after allIt's been a bit difficult to focus over the past few weeks and it seems that there isn't enough time to squeeze in the exercise at the momentHaving not been on the bike for a while…

You can't convince people just with science...

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Why don't people believe overpowering scientific evidence that challenges their beliefs?

It can be incredibly frustrating when you believe in something so strongly and yet... the person you're 'telling' just doesn't get it. No matter how hard you try to convince them... they are not buying!

Even when seemingly rock solid empirical scientific evidence is provided, or in the case of politics; a water tight reasoned argument is delivered ... it still doesn't work... how annoying is that?

Many believe this is because of confirmation bias... that the recipient of the message hears something contrary to what they believe, and so effectively it's falling on deaf ears... they have already an established and set way of thinking... we could assume we're speaking to a closed minded idiot, or moron, because any 'normal' or 'intelligent' person would get it. We form an opinion about the person... mostly however this assumption is totally incorrect.

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4 years today... never looked back...

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30th September 2013 was the day. The day that I decided to stop using supermarkets. I must admit, as in previous blogs I have written on this subject, this decision wasn't without some trepidation.

We have become so reliant on the convenience and the availability of 95% of what we want day to day that is delivered through the multitude of supermarket options that we now have available. We often forget though... these are businesses there to sell us what makes them money and returns a fat profit for their shareholders.

As the Tesco meat scandal of Willow Farms rolls through the media (soon to be forgotten by the way) we are reminded once again where supermarkets allegiance really lies... and that isn't ensuring that we have optimum food and ingredients for our health.

So it was 4 years ago... 
A decision very much aligned with getting to know more local people and to understand what makes our communities tick. With a vision to knit together stronger communities and share what o…

is self promotion and selling a flawed approach ~ discussion

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I'm a regular contributor on most of the more popular social media networks as are most people today...

and it is evident through conversations that we all use them in different ways; keeping in contact with family and relatives, friendship and social connection, like minds through groups, local community groups, business promotion, and of course any combination thereof. 

Looking at the business use, all the big players Facebook, Google, Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram, YouTube... are all engineered these days to encourage us to market ourselves through their advertising tools and self promote what we do.

It is a real conundrum for business owners... It's almost like, do I step over the line and start buying advertising (dancing with the devil)... and if I do? will I ever be able to stop? will it be a never ending escalation as we chase the next sale? ... versus... I am going to use the social media platforms as they are and rely on my established connections 'tribe' (foll…

Moving Personal Development on to the next level

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No one can doubt the positive impactthat the personal development industry has enabled over the past 20-30 years.
Nowadays anyone that wants to start increasing their awareness and take more responsibility for self determination has a myriad of books, videos, live events, recordings they can delve into.

Although an avid fan of "self development" I have felt for a while (as my own journey has unfolded) that the industry needs to start moving in a different direction... Or at least a new facet is now ready to emerge.

Personal Development is as the name suggests a very personal thing. It is predominantly about how you can change your thinking to become... More successful.

It seems to me that the emphasis is very much on assisting people to elevate themselves from 'the pack' to be 'the one' with the primary focus being that of, obtaining wealth... The measure of success being counted in terms of material possessions and money.
Maybe it didn't start like this, but …