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North by north west

Fiona Russell-Horne

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past How many of us, on being asked in 2015 that awkward interview question, ‘So where do you see yourself in five years’ time’, would have got it right? I’m guessing probably only Boris Johnson, and only …

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It’ll end in tiers

Fiona Russell-Horne

Tell them the North remembers. Smile, they said, for things could be worse. So, I smiled, gentle reader, and lo, things were indeed, worse. The three-tier system has been launched whereby every district in the country has been given a ranking depending on how many people in that district have …

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Adapt to survive

Guest Blogger - Megan Adlen

Travis Perkins’ Head of Sustainability, Megan Adlen, on how our handling of the Covid situation will make business stronger in the long term. If this year has taught us anything, it’s that we can adapt when we need to, and that the evolution of our mindsets is something we should …

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A long way from normal

Fiona Russell-Horne

Blow, blow, thou winter wind, Thou art not so unkind As man’s ingratitude; What a difference a year makes. This time in 2019, the Conservative Party descended upon Manchester, full of vim and vigour, in their best business attire, determined to ‘Get Brexit Done’ and trying to ignore the hoo-hah …

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Who’s zooming who?

Fiona Russell-Horne

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. The world of work has changed. That much is abundantly clear, even if much of the information coming out of Number 10 isn’t. Covid-19 has changed the way we …

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When the going gets tough, the tough get going

Fiona Russell-Horne

Things at the worst will cease, or else climb upward to what they were before The six months thing was a bit of an ‘ouch’ moment, but part from that, the Prime Minister’s address to the nation last night didn’t really tell us anything that we weren’t expecting. Those of …

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Sing a song of six people

Fiona Russell-Horne

Winter is coming Well, it was nice while it lasted. Being able to get together with a few – a select few at that – friends and sit 2metres apart in our gardens, each quaffing our own bottles of Sainsbury’s special-offer Rioja and a Walkers Grab-bag of crisps – no …

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Getting on with it

Fiona Russell-Horne

Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do. As someone who has spent all her working life in the media, it pains me to say this but sometimes, it’s best to ignore what you read and just get on with life. In previous …

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Level pegging

Fiona Russell-Horne

I am pleased to tell you that we have been busy the whole of the lockdown and none of us has missed a day There’s nothing quite like that heart-stopping moment when you open an envelope and see that you have messed up your exams. The realisation that you have …

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