A Day Out in Tavistock

A Day Out in Tavistock

A classic Devon market town just fifteen miles from Plymouth, Tavistock is well worth a visit. It is the largest market town in Devon, with a population of approximately 11,599 in 2007. It is set on the River Tavy, from where it’s name derives, and is below the western edge of Dartmoor.

You Know You’re in Plymouth When…

You Know You’re in Plymouth When…

Everyone who lives in Plymouth loves it (unless they are seriously deluded!). But what sets Plymouth apart from lesser places? When you've been away to foreign lands, like Exeter or London, what are the unmistakeable signs that you are back in Plymouth? For your...

No Need to Fear the D Word

No Need to Fear the D Word

The taboo around end of life matters stops us being open, honest and comfortable about death. This article by experienced celebrant Wendy Coulton looks at how to discuss this natural stage of our life cycle.

Thank You Plymouth

Thank You Plymouth

I like the idea of taking time to be grateful for what we have. So I thought it would be nice to remember some of the things that make Plymouth so great. You may like to add some of your own in the comments section below. Thank you for Plymouth Sound In Plymouth,...

Boux Avenue in Plymouth

Boux Avenue in Plymouth

November saw the arrival of a new store in Plymouth's Drake Circus shopping centre. This was the launch of the 24th Boux Avenue shop in the chain owned by ex-Dragon's Den entrepreneur Theo Paphitis. I was given the opportunity to ask him a few questions about why he...

Wedding Anniversary Gifts by the Year

Wedding Anniversary Gifts by the Year

Every year, on our wedding anniversary we have the same conversation: "So what is the official gift for this year?" "I don't know. Why don't you Google it?" Like most people, we know that 25 years is your silver anniversary and your 50th year is your golden...

Rock Solid Design in the Home

Rock Solid Design in the Home

Beauty may well be in the eye of the beholder, but style is something that we wish everyone had. Particularly when it comes to our homes. Here are some original and interesting interior design accessories cast in concrete that could give your home a stylish...

Hold Out Your Hand

Hold Out Your Hand

Recently, the death of the celebrity Robin Williams has dominated both news media and social media. I'm glad it has, because it has led to a lot of public discussion about depression. It is high time we all started to hold out a hand to help each other through the...

How to Make Perfect Popcorn Every Time

How to Make Perfect Popcorn Every Time

It's often the little pleasures in life that make the difference. There's little more pleasant than settling down to watch a film with bowl of home made popcorn. Ironically, although popcorn is meant to be easy to cook, finding great tasting popcorn at home...

The Top House Selling Mistakes to Avoid

The Top House Selling Mistakes to Avoid

House Selling Mistakes 1: Avocado-Green Bathrooms It's amazing how often the still hideous avocado bathroom suite crops up in houses for sale. If your bathroom is a tribute to the Seventies, it's time to invest in an upgrade. Potential buyers will see it as an expense...

10 Inspiring Quotes for Life

10 Inspiring Quotes for Life

No matter how driven, motivated and proactive you are, there will come times when your inspiration needs a boost. When I get like that, one of the things I find really helpful is reading and sharing words of wisdom from people who are smarter than me. Here are...

Meet Plymouth’s Public Speaking Club

Meet Plymouth’s Public Speaking Club

Public speaking is one of those things that strikes terror into the hearts of the inexperienced. Glossophobia, or the fear of public speaking, is often referred to as the most dreaded of all phobias. Even more so than the fear of dying or even - get this - the...

Twelve Top Tips for Plymouth Property Buyers

Twelve Top Tips for Plymouth Property Buyers

For Plymouth property buyers, finding a new home is well known to be one of the most stressful activities that we can embark upon. There are many potential pitfalls. However a bit of knowledge sensibly applied can make the whole process much easier and safer. Follow...

Ten Things Plymouth Gets Right

Ten Things Plymouth Gets Right

Plymouth is a great city and I love living here. InPlymouth.com launched the #LovePlymouth Twitter campaign to find out what makes Plymouth loveable. I've managed to whittle down my personal list to just ten things that I think Plymouth gets right. These city gems...

How to Sell Your House Quickly

How to Sell Your House Quickly

Trying to sell your house quickly is never easy, particularly now. There may be fewer houses on the market than there used to be, but there are also fewer buyers around. So how do you sell your house quickly anyway?

Save Money on Your Food Bill

Save Money on Your Food Bill

With food prices going up and other demands on our wallets, many people are feeling the financial pinch at the moment. But there are a few simple techniques which can help to bring your weekly food bill down.

Learning to Love Christmas

Learning to Love Christmas

The other day I saw a story on the internet and it made me think about Christmas. The story is one about a gardener who was getting frustrated with garden weeds. It goes like this: A man who took great pride in his lawn found himself with a large crop of dandelions....

Picking a Winner

Picking a Winner

The other day I lost £10 at the races. I was convinced that despite the odds I was going to pick the winner. How wrong I was. Wouldn't it be great to predict the future? Imagine all the success at the races. Never again would you lose money. You could go to Las Vegas...

Which Wolf Do You Feed?

Which Wolf Do You Feed?

If you've ever battled with the two inner voices, then this Cherokee fable will resonate with you. Cherokee Fable One evening, a grandfather was teaching his young grandson about the internal battle that each person faces. "There are two wolves struggling inside each...

The Problem Is Not The Problem

The Problem Is Not The Problem

If you want to really help people then the best piece of advice I can give you is don't give advice. We all love to offer solutions when we're confided in. However, what we don't realise is that people don't want solutions to their problems. Why don't they want...

A Letter To My Baby Nephew

A Letter To My Baby Nephew

My nephew is just a baby and recently my sister, mum and I decided to do something for him for the future. We decided to write him a letter that he might be intrigued with when he's a bit older. Rather than a traditional letter I thought it might be interesting to...

How Busy Are You?

How Busy Are You?

How busy are you? It was a question I asked a group of business women this week. They sighed wearily and nodded that they were very busy indeed. Being busy is one of the hazards of running your own business: I've yet to come across a coaching client who isn't very...

Lessons From a Puppy

Lessons From a Puppy

We've just got a labradoodle puppy called Buzz. He epitomises cuteness and charm and everyone who meets him dissolves into coo's of delight. However, although this puppy can be at times a pure joy; at others he is a real terror. Buzz has only been in our lives for 2...

Overcome Your Doubts to Embrace Success

Overcome Your Doubts to Embrace Success

What could you do if you didn't care what people thought? What could you do if you didn't have that negative nagging voice inside your head? What could you do if you truly followed your heart? The other day whilst sitting in Winchester Cathedral I was struck by these...

Why the Golden Gate Bridge is Orange

Why the Golden Gate Bridge is Orange

Have you ever wondered why the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is painted orangey-red? Why not silver like the neighbouring Bay Bridge? Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, someone on our tour bus asked this question. It was only then that it struck that I'd never...

#LovePlymouth: A People-Powered Opportunity

#LovePlymouth: A People-Powered Opportunity

Last night I attended the brilliant Devon Social Media Cafe where Ash Mashhadi revealed his ‘big idea’ to turn Plymouth into a social media powerhouse. I’m always skeptical about ‘big ideas’ but what he outlined was brilliant in its simplicity and infectious in its potential.

What is Happiness?

What is Happiness?

What is happiness? It's a question I've been asking myself extensively over the past few days after a trip abroad to Bangladesh. Bangladesh is such a mad, chaotic and vibrant country. It's untouched by tourism and is heaving with noise, colour, dust and heat. What is...

Create Valentine Memories

Create Valentine Memories

Imagine this. It's midnight, it's freezing cold outside and you've just snuggled down under your warm duvet for a welcome sleep. Just as you're about to fall into a deep slumber your partner walks into the bedroom, leans over the bed and whispers, "It's a fabulous...

Unlock the Christmas You Truly Desire

Unlock the Christmas You Truly Desire

If you've ever lost your keys then you'll know how helpless you feel when it happens. That's exactly what I did last month in Totnes. It was so frustrating; it meant I couldn't get into my car, my house or my garage. Isn't it amazing how important those small bits of...

Fear Makes the Wolf Bigger Than it Is

Fear Makes the Wolf Bigger Than it Is

There is a German proverb that says, "Fear makes the wolf bigger than it is." I was reminded of this the other day as we were discussing the dangers of being hit by lightning. My mother began to lecture my brother, whose is a keen golfer, on the dangers of playing...

What Are the Golf Balls in Your Life?

What Are the Golf Balls in Your Life?

I turned 40 the other day. I suppose there are two ways to look at it. I'm either an 18 year old with 22 years worth of experience, or I've moved onto the escalator of middle age. My initial reaction to turning 40 was to sit down and write a list of all the places I...

Bad Customer Care – Life Happens

Bad Customer Care – Life Happens

The other day I stayed in a grotty hotel. It was tired and grubby and all night the plumbing gurgled and rattled. The next morning the shower water wouldn't drain away and the toilet wouldn't flush. It was such a huge relief when daylight arrived - I couldn't get out...

You’ll Flourish Without the Rubbish

You’ll Flourish Without the Rubbish

The other day a friend of my mum's grabbed my hand and put it on the back of her jeans and asked me to feel a bulge. "What's that?" I asked feeling something lumpy beneath the denim. "It's my pants, they keep falling down." "How irritating" I sympathised. "I bet you...

The Hotel Inspector vs The Astor Hotel

The Hotel Inspector vs The Astor Hotel

Last night saw the first airing of a TV programme that I had been anticipating for months: The Hotel Inspector. Why was I so keen to watch it? Two reasons: it was set in my home city, Plymouth, and I was in it! This article is about what it was like to be part of the show.

What is Missing From Your Life?

What is Missing From Your Life?

There are two questions I want you to ask yourself. What's the most important thing in your life right now and What's missing from your life? Before you continue reading come up with some answers. These answers will be unique to you and once you know what they are,...

Do You Have Work Life Balance?

Do You Have Work Life Balance?

Work life balance means different things to different people, there isn't a 'one size fits all'. For example, one of my clients is a lady who is a PA to the regional manager of a well known national organisation. Let's call her Jill. When I first met Jill she was...

Don’t Beat Yourself Up Over Christmas

Don’t Beat Yourself Up Over Christmas

Don't beat yourself up this Christmas. It's something that was brought home to me by my piano teacher the other day. He taught me a great lesson. It wasn't a lesson in music; it was a lesson in life. Feeling Frustrated Arriving at the music lesson I felt despondent....

Stories and How To Change Them

Stories and How To Change Them

Have you ever left the house, driven down the road and wondered something along the lines of, 'Did I switch the iron off?' or 'Is the grill still on?' Then on returning to the house you realise your concern was completely unfounded? Did I Leave the Door Unlocked? The...

Enjoy Life More Via Paradigm Shifts

Enjoy Life More Via Paradigm Shifts

The other night my watch was stolen from my wrist. I couldn't believe it. I was out with some friends for an evening and it was taken from right under my nose. My husband had given it to me as a present, so I was particularly attached to it. I'm still at a loss as to...

An American Visitor in Plymouth

An American Visitor in Plymouth

My teenage daughter announced recently that an American friend she had met on the internet was coming to England this summer, and could she come and stay with us! We hummed and hawed a bit thinking, we've never met this girl or her family, indeed our daughter has...

Is Plymouth too Remote?

Is Plymouth too Remote?

Some companies consider Plymouth to be geographically remote and are reluctant to base resources somewhere that is considered to be in a peripheral location. As a result Plymouth is very dependant upon it's University, Derriford Hospital and Devonport Dockyard. Which...

The Emotional Bank Account

The Emotional Bank Account

"At every party there are two kinds of people - those who want to go home and those who don't. The trouble is they are usually married to each other." These words, written some time ago by an Agony Aunt still ring true today. Couples can seem so unsuitable for each...

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