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What The Romans Taught Me About Business

If you know me, you’ll know I love football, beer and business. But did you know that I’m a bit of a history buff too? I love a good historical tale and I think there’s a lot to be learned from history’s greatest leaders. Everyone knows a little about the Romans. How they conquered the western world and brought straight …

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I was chatting to an American friend of mine a few days ago

“How are you doing?” I asked. “Fine,” He replied. “Well, fine apart from the cicadas.” Now, I don’t know about you. But I had no idea what cicadas were. I’d never heard of them. But my New York buddy explained. Cicadas are small, locust type bugs that sweep the Eastern states in the USA and only make an appearance once …

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Think you’re easily sold? I bet I’m worse.

I’ll buy anything. A slick pitch, a good offer and that’s all it takes. My hand is in my wallet and I’m handing over the cash faster than my wife can say “Are you serious?” Sometimes it works out well – like the hot tub that kept us going through the last 12 months of lockdown – and sometimes not …

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Birthday Blues

Well, that’s it. I’ve gone and done it… I’ve finally reached the ripe old age of 50 – I’m officially half a century old. In my culture here in the UK, age isn’t celebrated like in some. It’s feared. There’s a real attitude of getting older being a really negative thing… but I see things a little differently. I might …

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We all did some crazy things in our youth

As a young Brummie lad, there was many a night where a “brilliant idea” turned into a total disaster and ended with waking up in a field/bush/stranger’s flat with only one shoe… But I bet most of you never did anything quite as crazy as Welshman, Brian Robson. Back in his youth, Brian was working in Australia, when he became …

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We’ve a big problem here in the UK

A shortage of garden gnomes. As a knock-on effect of the lockdowns and blockage of the Suez Canal, garden centres all over the UK are struggling to source our bearded little buddies at a rate that matches demand. There’s just not enough gnomes to go around. Now, I’m no gardener – you heard what happened last time I tried to …

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Not everyone is as passionate about containers as I am.

  I know it’s a weird passion to have. But I love to see all the cool things people can do when you give them a container… In my previous blogs, I’ve talked about containers made into houses and people using them as garden offices too. But I recently came across a whole other use… Raves. With nightclubs and bars …

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The Suez Canal has been all over the press this week.

Evergreen cargo ship, Ever Given, ran aground nearly a week ago – blocking the canal and causing a tailback of 367 vessels.   More than $9 billion of trade passes through the Suez Canal each day – and a reroute adds an extra 4 weeks onto the journey and takes ships down through perilous and hostile waters.   It really …

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The Big Copper Con

I like to keep my eye on the headlines. Not because I’m a big fan of the media – I’m really not. But because most days there is one headline that really tickles me. In recent weeks my personal favourites have been… Government approves contraceptives for squirrels. Church Reverend pictured with crisps on each nipple in 4 day cocaine bender. …

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