May 16, 2018

I was not aware I had changed my Friend Factors until my wife pointed out to me that I don’t seem to hang out with as many “random mates” as I once used to. I kind of brushed the comment off with the reasoning that with 2 kids under 3yrs at that time meant 95% of all s...

May 15, 2018

Walk into my home on any given day and there will be one constant in every single room; a litany of water bottles. Large water bottles, small water bottles, water bottles for school, water bottles for work, water bottles for exercise, water bottles for travelling, wate...

May 14, 2018

"One kiss, double kiss, simple handshake, hug, wild wester, mmmmm?".

These are the type of words which run through my head before many a social occasion and can lead to some confusing and embarrassing situations. When growing up I was always told a firm handshake was in...

May 11, 2018

Jamie Oliver is a legend, that is final!

From a young age he was unwittingly thrust into the primetime limelight and consequently had to shoulder the burden of teaching a nation how to cook for themselves and their families.

He educated us with easy to make high nutr...

May 10, 2018

Over 2500 years ago the Achaemind Persians were a dominant up and coming force in the Ancient World. Their children were trained to hold three virtues above all others; horse riding, bowmanship and most important of all, to tell the truth.

Truth was venerated above all...

May 8, 2018

“I’ve never seen cars this clean”. These are literally the first words my father uttered when he came to visit us in Tokyo last month. It’s fair to say he tends to zone in on all things car related but, he’s right. Even the trucks shine.

Cleanliness is critical in Japan...

May 8, 2018

Im not a city person, yet somehow I have spent the last 20 years living in one. Sure, I have been lucky enough to live in some of the greatest cities on the planet – London, Singapore, Hong Kong and now Vancouver.

Working in finance its kind of impossible not to live in...

May 7, 2018

"Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is knowing not to put it on a fruit salad"

My love affair with National Geographic started in June 2002, they had a special edition on the D-Day landings, I saw the tattered American flag on the front cover and knew I ha...

May 4, 2018

Breaking up is hard to do and given the number of agony aunt column inches devoted to boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands and wives becoming ex-boyfriends/girlfriends, husbands and wives, it really is. The sense of what could have been as you see the person that you once...

May 3, 2018

People love to complain and say that the world is getting worse, more dangerous and more divided than ever.

Incredibly, there is a trend among young people in the UK to suggest that the baby boomers have given future generations a worse lot in life than they themselves...

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