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Doing my own PR

Usually I blog about work-related matters (when I do, cobblers' children and all that...) but I am bending my own rules with a slightly more personal blog.

Life has changed a lot in the last 18 months. I've lost several stone and got back into running to the extent that in a couple of weeks I will be taking part in the UK's biggest half marathon, the Great North Run.

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Countdown to Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards

Given that I have been working with the Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards for 13 years now, you might think that the excitement has waned a bit over the years. However, it is fair to say that, with seven weeks to go until this year's event, I am already chomping at the bit to get cracking.

It is another ten days before judging takes place and I can start work on researching and contacting our shortlisted nominees and I just can't wait to find out more about the stories behind them.

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Mixing metaphors

It's Friday afternoon and I am writing a story about a golf day hosted by a very well-known county cricket club. I am a bit tee'd off with trying to avoid mixing my metaphors - such a sticky wicket - but I'll bat on and hope I reach the last hole before failing light. Oh, and I forgot to mention that there's a footballing legend involved so that's making it a beautiful game of three opportunities to make readers as sick as a parrot.

I could go on...and on... and on...

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Word of the Week 8

Indictment: Often used with the word "sad" and meaning something that shows that a system or situation should be condemned. I know people in glasshouses shouldn't throw stones and that spelling and grammar are minefields but I did have to laugh this week when I saw that a fellow communications professional had opted for "enditement". A bit of research shows that this was the Middle English spelling so maybe it is an age thing...

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Meeting people

It's been a solid week of networking thanks to the Yorkshire Mafia Buy Yorkshire conference, the Ackrill Business Awards and the Yorkshire Business Market.

All three were great opportunities to catch up with old friends and colleague and to meet new people and hear about their businesses, their aspirations and their strategies.

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Word of the Week 7

Chuffed: Informal and very British way of saying pleased. I'm chuffed with all sorts of things at the moment, from lots of new work to the fact that the weather is due to warm up a bit. The dictionary says chuffed means "very pleased" but I would generally use it more in the sense of mildly pleased or pleasantly pleased. To be "very pleased", I'd have to be "chuffed to bits".


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Word of the Week 6

Colleague: A person with whom one works in a profession of business. It is easy for those of us who spend a large portion of the day working alone to assume that we don't have colleagues. However, that assumption is a long way from the truth as I have begun to recognise more and more in recent months. I count many people among my colleagues, including:

Client colleagues - people I work with on a daily (or sometimes hourly) basis to achieve our objectives.

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New location and Olympic excitement

Finally catching up after a couple of months of turmoil, including our long-overdue house move. Those who came to see us at Druid's Cave Farm will know what a perfect setting it was but the new place is just as lovely in a completely different way. The good news is that the office is as large as at Druid's so I can finally sort out the rest of my filing!

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Word of the Week 5

Thanatology: The scientific study of death and the practices associated with it. Slightly morbid I know but chosen because it defeated four of us (all pretty well educated) at the pub quiz at the Clarendon, Hebden, Grassington, last weekend.

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Word of the Week 4

Anticipation: The action of anticipating something; expectation or prediction. While it is possible to be filled with dread when anticipating something, it's usually a very positive feeling for me. This weekend I'm anticipating the start of the MotoGP season and my first taste of chocolate since 13th February so particularly positive!



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