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Simple pleasures

Fiona Russell-Horne

I count myself in nothing else so happy As in a soul remembering my good friends I did something really very exciting this week. Something I have not done for a very long time.  I arranged a lunch meeting. Not one of those with my local friends where we sit …

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Holibob hullaballoos

Fiona Russell-Horne

Oh, this year I am off to Sunny Spain, Viva, Espana, I’m taking the Costa Brava plane Here’s a thought: Just because something can be done, is allowed to be done, doesn’t mean it should be done. Suitcase: check. Factor 50 sunblock: check. Swimming cossie: check. Flip-flops: check: Floppy sunhat: …

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The virtue of going virtual

Fiona Russell-Horne

to hold, as ’twere, the mirror up to nature, to show virtue her own feature,   Virtual. It’s the way forward you know. At least it is for 2020. It was brilliant to see – via the internet- so many of you show up for our BMJ Industry Awards online …

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Get together: stay apart

Fiona Russell-Horne

If you must play, decide upon three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time. “Eat out to help out”. It’s pretty catchy isn’t it? You’d like to think it was a lightbulb moment, rather than the result of a focus group or …

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Haven’t we been here before?

Fiona Russell-Horne

I can get no remedy against this consumption of the purse: Borrowing only lingers and lingers it out, but the disease is incurable For a long time after the demise of the Green Deal, the coalition government’s overly complicated energy efficiency scheme for householders, the industry talked of the need …

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Where’s the magic money tree, then?

Fiona Russell-Horne

Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery. Well that all sounded rather splendid. Lots and lots of lovely Government lolly heading the way of the construction industry to rebuild the economy post-pandemic. Gazillions of …

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The Show Must Go On

Fiona Russell-Horne

We light it up, we won’t come down And the sun can’t stop us now Watchin’ it come true, it’s takin’ over you Oh, this is the greatest show The BMJ Industry Awards were supposed to be held on the 15th May this year. I know I wasn’t the only one …

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Shop, work, spend…but don’t learn

Fiona Russell-Horne

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Go forth and shop. Go forth and get back to work. Go forth and restart the economy. So says the Chancellor, knowing that things have to start to get back to whatever normal will look like. …

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With the wisdom of hindsight

Fiona Russell-Horne

It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards,’ said the White Queen to Alice. A few insomnia-fuelled questions that buzzed round my head in the wee small hours on the pandemic/lockdown/re-opening. I don’t have the answers, but then, it seems, neither do those who are supposed to be …

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People are idiots

Fiona Russell-Horne

The greatest of all sins is stupidity. In 1945, when the people of Britain were released from six years of life under the restrictions of the Second World war, they held parties in the street. They hung bunting from their houses, they hugged their friends, their families and even complete …

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