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Losing the art of living together

I was reading Grand Designs in bed this morning (it was their ‘save the planet in style’ issue) and came across a piece about eco-development BedZED in London. Right at the end Pooran Desai one of the developers who lives there said, “Probably the best

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The Search for Happiness

I’m reading the Christmas edition of The Economist and they headline with a feature on Happiness and how it seems unrelated to wealth. Sure the rich are happier than the poor but the richer you get is not followed by happiness. Here are a couple

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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