Miss Bette Davis

Some Friday Fun – courtesy of my ‘Friday Favourite’ Actually Miss Bette Davis is a perennial favourite of mine. I have no idea when it all began, nor do I understand why. I know I watched old black and white movies with my parents and I recall going to the cinema to see ‘Dead Ringer’…

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Happiness: just what is it?

At the beginning of a new year, a new job, a new relationship there will often be an accompanying wish for happiness.Happiness becomes a mantra for fulfilment. For contentment. For success. How did ‘Happiness’ get into our lexicon? The arrival was fairly straightforward; the path to its current meaning was less so. The root of…

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Sage or Sad Elitist? Self-help guru, Samuel Smiles.

You may know the expression “A place for everything, and everything in its place.” It’s the kind of saying that would regularly trip off the tongues of grandmas.What you may not know is that it was coined by a nineteenth century Scottish government reformer, Samuel Smiles. He attacked materialism, concluding that changing attitudes would have…

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Eco-friendly hand made soap bags

Two years ago I really didn’t think seriously about being environmentally friendly. I’d started taking my own shopping bags for the regular weekly shop, bought fruit and veg loose rather than pre-bagged, determined to buy no more plastic, and liquid soaps were bought in bulk to be decanted – but that was about it. A…

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