Gender Equality and Rumpelstiltskin

Posted on December 7th, 2014 by - 0 comments

I love a good evening at the theatre, and I am passionate about gender equality. It’s not often the two get combined in one delightful package! My local theatre, The Theatre Royal Bath, has a dedicated children’s space, The Egg. This Christmas season they are showing Rumpelstiltskin (they don’t go in for traditional ‘sacchariney’ shows). I went to see it last week and as we left my (grown up) son nudged me and said ‘Bet you get a blog post

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When You Find Yourself in a Tight Spot Be More Cat!

Posted on December 5th, 2014 by - 0 comments

In a tight spot? It could be good for you. Sometimes a tight spot can help us discover hidden talents, push ourselves to places we never believed we could reach. It may not feel comfortable at the time but we look back and think, wow, I actually did that. Next time it all feels a bit too much, be more cat; relax and s t r e t c h yourself! RenewYou will help with the stretching and may even

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Plastic Surgery and Me? Well…

Posted on December 2nd, 2014 by - 2 comments

Jane C Woods, aged 59 years and 4 weeks. My first selfie! I might just have mentioned (ahem) that I was in London last week to do a wee slot on BBC’s Woman’s Hour. As well as being a great deal of fun (and it’s fabulous to meet your heroes and realise they are just as lovely as you always hoped), it also gave me an unexpected insight into the world of female celebrity woes. I confess, I am a

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Tip: If BBC Phones, Get Your Knickers On Quick!

Posted on November 26th, 2014 by - 8 comments

I shared this story last week with my specialist RenewYou trainers on our specialist web site. They liked it; I hope you do too. Last week  I was woken by the insistent ringing of my mobile at 7 am. My alarm was set for 7.15 but I was deeply asleep. I leapt out of bed, fearing it was my mum who’d had a fall or something and the alarm care people were calling me. ‘Yes‘, I rushed into the mouthpiece,

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Julien Blanc, Did We Give Him Too Much Publicity?

Posted on November 25th, 2014 by - 0 comments

I did a BBC radio interview the other morning with BBC London. It’s a serious talk show with Penny Smith and Paul Ross; they were debating the merits or otherwise of Julien Blanc being denied entry to the UK. My view was that we were right to ban him. There was precious little time to air the arguments one way or the other on live radio, but for what it’s worth here are my thoughts: I am sympathetic to the

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Excellence – Do You Give It a ‘Two Fingered Salute’?

Posted on November 20th, 2014 by - 0 comments

I recently read something which struck a chord with me. It was an article about excellence and the writer said most of us stop improving when we get to a certain level. He used the example of keyboard skills. Most people get to a level of two fingered competence and go no further. I’ve just typed that quite quickly with two fingers; the same way as I’ve done it for years. I realised that I am exactly the proof of

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