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Silly Daddy Pig

Fiona Russell-Horne

Peppa: “What’s an attic?” Grandpa Pig: “It’s where we keep all our old things.” Peppa: “Like YOU Grandpa?” There’s a common recurring nightmare amongst the sort of people who have to stand up in front of an audience and speak. It’s the sort of nightmare that has you sitting bolt upright …

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A tale of two lockdowns

Fiona Russell-Horne

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times Pandemic Studies, GCSE. Question 1: Covid was the best thing to happen to your business. Discuss. The last 18 months have been bizarre, peculiar, tough, testing and, at times, pretty blooming horrible. But for some businesses, the pandemic …

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Marketing matters

Fiona Russell-Horne

The things that make me different are the things that make me, me When you’ve been to as many conferences and presentations as I have over the years, they can all roll into one. Some presenters are interesting to listen to at the time, but by the lunch break you’ve …

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Two lines on a stick?

Fiona Russell-Horne

Positive men are, indeed, the most credulous I have spent every day for the last week doing something I haven’t done for some years. 15 years if I’m being precise. Namely, staring at a little white stick, waiting for lines to appear. The taking of the Lateral Flow Test has …

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Pump it up

Fiona Russell-Horne

The Greenshirts of the Boiler Police are not going to kick in your door with their sandal-clad feet and seize, at carrot-point, your trusty old combi. What are the two best ways of ensuring the general UK public does something you want it to? 1. Make it mandatory for them …

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It’s worse than that, Jim

Fiona Russell-Horne

I don’t think the human race will survive the next thousand. years, unless we spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet. But I’m an optimist. We will reach out to the stars I don’t want to jinx anything, but a few …

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Sticking to the message

Fiona Russell-Horne

Direct action without education is a meaningless expression of pure energy. How to kill an important political message stone dead. 1. Irritate the hell out of Middle England, 2. Be revealed as a hypocrite by the popular press. 3. Let everyone know what sort of person you are by claiming …

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Planning ahead for winter

Guest Blogger - Garry Gregory

We’re getting to that time of year – summer (or what little we saw of it) is behind us and, as winter approaches, your DIYers will start thinking about those RMI tasks before the arrival of harsher weather. So what advice can merchants be offering to customers to support this? …

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(Not) Driving Miss Daisy

Fiona Russell-Horne

Well I’m standing by a river But the water doesn’t flow It boils with every poison you can think of The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Except, at the moment you can’t see what the road is paved with because of all the cars queuing to squeeze …

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Big, Bigger, Biggest?

Fiona Russell-Horne

Out of the sea will rise Behemoth and Leviathan, I had a whole blog planned for yesterday morning about energy prices, shortages and Insulate Britain, with their highly reasonable conviction that one of the best ways of tackling our climate change problem is to properly insulate our houses and buildings. …

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