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HSBC open minded on Consumerism

Consumerism is the defining word of our times but we’re mostly ambivalent about it and those with vested interests are taking note. How do I know all this, well the notion is appearing in adverts of all places and that is counter-subversive to say the

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Indie confused over consumerism

I’ve been away for a few days with the better half’s family for a low-key Christmas, which after last year was all we wanted. Anyway took the opportunity on Boxing Day to read a newspaper at my leisure which was a pleasure (apologies for the

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Happy Feet?

No not the film about the penguins (haven’t seen it but here’s a review) but yet another clipping discovered in the musty depths of my in tray. This specimen has been dead since August, although some news dies quicker and a few a lot slower.

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Pre-Christmas Clear Out

I’m getting itchy with all the buying going on around me, so I’ve started to simplify (again). I was going to wait until New Year but as I look around at the videos I may never watch again, the wardrobe with clothes I haven’t worn

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Charity the new rock and roll?

We all know and admire the efforts of Bono and Bob who have given helping the poor some much needed glamour. Now big business is on board with Buffett (warren) and Bill (gates) leading the way. Now according to the Observer the rich just can’t

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Motorbikes and Meaning

I was catching up on some weekend reading and started with The Observer’s travel supplement Escape, which headlined with the final part of Mike Carters midlife bike tour through Europe. Combining two passions (motorbikes and travel) it was a far better place to start than

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Learning to Breathe

I don’t know how long I’ll keep this up so I’m going to keep the posts short (he says!). Anyway we all need a purpose right, to many people are just drifting through life and that’s just not me. Having spent most of twenties moaning

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The Blog Beginnings…

In the beginning Phil created the blog (well this blog anyway). The blog was without form and void; and waffle was upon the face of the blog. And Phil said, ‘let there be some interesting stuff’ and there….was, maybe, oh I give up…