The Dancing Boxer From England
Jackie and her dancing dog, Tippy Toes appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009, before being knocked out in the semi-finals. Tippy Toes was just one year old at the time and was distracted by the stage which vibrated with the loud, unfamiliar music, chosen by producers. Jackie was disappointed that their performance was not as good as it might have been.
Cutting Out Junk Food Eliminated My Asthma
Vic Kearley spent his childhood ill. He was frequently hospitalised with asthma, and had to take a lot of time off school with respiratory problems. Asthma continued to plague his life until his wife (that’s me) decided to go on a health kick and took him along for the journey. This is Vic’s story in his own words…
Seven Qualities of Successful Writers
Writing is easy, but doing it well, and being a commercial success as a writer is a completely different ball game. Here are some of the qualities that I believe are helpful, if you want to be a successful writer in the modern world.
Look On The Bright Side To Banish The Blues
Mental health is a huge issue at the moment. The Covid-19 pandemic made us all feel the mental health crisis more acutely, as many people struggle with issues around loneliness, isolation, money problems, and lack of purpose.
How Dare You Say That!
For the past decade, I’ve lived in a protected part of the publishing world, where I’ve been writing articles for magazines and never received an opinion from a reader, except from one old boy from Suffolk who loves my work. He emails me occasionally to tell me about his writing.
My First & Last Rock Weekend: How A Writing Assignment Led To Ear Damage
In 2014, I was covering a music weekend for a magazine article. The editor said I should get great photos - the whole commission depended on that. I thought foam ear plugs would be sufficient to protect my ears and I went down the front to get the best shots.
Don’t be Offended — Why You Should Chill
People are always so ready to be offended. Today someone on twitter said she was inexplicably blocked by an acquaintance. I replied, “Well that’s odd. I’ve never spotted you being the least bit controversial, political, or anything that might rub anyone up the wrong way.”
Don’t Let The Negative Ninnies Get You Down
I’m the worst person for dwelling on negative comments, despite trying hard to have a positive outlook on life. I think it’s part of our evolution. I once read that negative experiences have a greater impact on us emotionally, so we remember to avoid them in future. It’s part of the evolutionary survival mechanism that made us a successful species.