Making Connections

There is a theory – I’ve referred to it elsewhere – that everyone is six (or fewer) steps away from any other person in the world. It’s most popular incarnation is the Six Steps of Kevin Bacon game.  In that, you work out how any Hollywood actor must have either...

Birthdays, Cards and Friendships

She won’t thank me for saying this (but she’s not online, so if you don’t tell her I won’t), but my mum is now in her 80th year.  Even so, her birthday is always an event.  Oh, the parties I could tell you about…  But I won’t, in the interests of decency and good...

How Many Wins Do You Want?

A letter in my local newspaper this week pointed out that a junior football club was in danger of folding because it didn’t have enough volunteers to coach the children. To be fair, this isn’t just true with football. All clubs have the same problem, and it can be...

How To Win Friends

Imagine the scene. A customer’s been on the phone complaining about the service they’ve had from my office – and I know he’s right. It’s happened before, and I’ve complained about it myself. Immediately I’m annoyed. I thought we’d resolved this issue, and now...

Being There

Things had been somewhat frantic. I’d recently split up with my partner and spent the last few weeks searching for a new house. In amongst the house hunting, sleeping arrangements had been haphazard. A week at my mum’s, two weeks at my dad’s, a week at my sister’s...