A Truly Massive Business Opportunity

There's only one business autobiography I've read (or to be more accurate, listened to) more than THREE times. It's Ted Turner's.

I honestly had no expectations going in to that book. I knew who he was, but not much else.

I genuinely felt inspired to just get on and do MORE. I always felt like I was multi-tasking hard, running a few businesses at a time. Well, it seems not.
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I’d Like to Have a Loft Conversion

So we recently had a bit of a clear out and a tidy up and that lead to me having to put a load of old paperwork and files up in the loft.

Normally I’m only ever in the loft to get down or put back the Christmas decorations and I find I’m either too excited or too depressed to really notice what’s in my loft or how it spans pretty much the entire area of my house. On this recent visit to the loft though, I had a good look around and thought how cool it would be to have a really stylish / trendy loft conversion.

I absolutely LOVE the open brickwork type conversions but saw this image on south london loft conversions that looked like some sort of medieval castle type affair and thought how cool it would be to have a normal house, but a stairway to the loft, unveiling a totally different style of room – like something out of a Knights of the Round Table era castle.

Toledo Blade Article on Pit Bulls

Ohio’s 22-year-old dangerous-dog law defines a “vicious dog” to be one that has killed or seriously injured another person, has killed another dog, or belongs to a breed “commonly known as a pit bull dog.”

A bad rap
The United Kingdom, however, bans not only the “pit bull type,” but also the Dogo Argentina, the Japanese Tosa, and the Fila Brasileiro, all breeds with some reputation for being trained as fighters or as guards. According to Mr. O’Meara, the other breeds never had much of a presence in the United Kingdom. Continue reading Toledo Blade Article on Pit Bulls

Amazon Large Screen Kindle in the UK

Yes, yes and thrice yes!

I absolutely love the Kindle. It’s so unimpressive to look at, but it’s awesome.

I have long since believed the Amazon Kindle will do for books what the iPod did for music – it just makes too much sense that there will be a digital revolution of the written word the same way there was with sound. Continue reading Amazon Large Screen Kindle in the UK

Media Coverage 2009

I’m trying to become more of a record keeper. I’m normally terrible at writing things down and keeping a track of things that have now passed. I prefer to look forward rather than back. However, I’ve decided that’s no excuse for poor record keeping so I’m going to try and change that. Starting with an index of media contribution from me in 2009 – which is by no means a complete list as I – predictably – forget to write down everything, especially on busy media days where I’d be doing several calls in a short space of time. It does not include written press.

January

3rd: Paper Review – BBC Radio Nottingham (Breakfast show)
14th: Re: Dangerous dogs – BBC Radio Nottingham (Frances Finn mid-morning)

February

9th: Re: Dangerous dogs – BBC Radio Wales (news)
9th: Re: Dangerous dogs – BBC Radio Northants (Lunchtime)
16th Re: Vet fees – BBC Inside Out (filming)
21st Paper review – BBC Radio Nottingham (Breakfast show)

March

3rd: Re Dog attacks – BBC Radio Derby (Breakfast show with Shane O’Connor)
4th: Re What your dog says about you – BBC Radio Nottingham (Frances Finn)

April

25th: Paper review – BBC Radio Nottingham (Breakfast show)

May

22nd: Re dog training – BBC Radio Northamptonshire
28th: Re dangerous dogs – BBC Radio Nottingham (news)
29th: Re dangerous dogs – BBC WM

June

18th: Doing business online – BBC Working Lunch (filming)
20th: Paper review – BBC Radio Nottingham (Breakfast show)

July

9th: Re: Bruce in Northern Ireland – U105 (morning show)
15th: Re pet travel – BBC Radio Northamptonshire (Bob Warmsley)
21st: Doing business online – BBC Working Lunch (aired)
22nd: Dogs in relationships – BBC Radio Nottingham (Frances Finn)
24th: Bring Bruce home – BBC Radio Cambridgeshire (Sue Marchant)

August

3rd: Re Dangerous dogs – BBC Radio Derby (Breakfast show)
10th: Re Canine intelligence – BBC Radio Nottingham (Drive time)
10th: Re Canine intelligence – BBC Radio 2 (Chris Evans show)
24th: Re Bruce / Northern Ireland – 4FM
24th: Re Canine intelligence – BBC Three Counties (Breakfast show)
24th: Re Canine intelligence – 4FM (Drive time)

September

2nd: Re car safety and pets – BBC Radio Northants (Lunchtime show)
3rd: General dog issues – BBC Radio Nottingham (Frances Finn)
9th: Dog behaviour – BBC Radio Wales (Drive time)
17th: Re Dog attack – BBC Radio Sheffield (Breakfast show)

October

26th: Re Better British Dog Owners – BBC Radio Nottingham (Morning show)

November

9th: Better British Dogs – BBC Radio Cambridgeshire (Sue Marchant)
12th: Re Dogs as fashion items – BBC Radio 4 (Woman’s Hour)
30th: Re: Dangerous Dogs and dog attacks – BBC Radio Derby (Drive time)
30th: Re: Dangerous Dogs and dog attacks – BBC Radio 5Live (Richard Bacon)

December

1st: Re: Dangerous Dogs and dog attacks – BBC Radio Derby (Morning)
1st: Re: Dangerous Dogs and dog attacks – GMTV
3rd: Better British Dogs – BBC Radio Kent (Drive time)
9th: Better British Dogs – BBC Radio Nottingham (Frances Finn)
14th: Better British Dogs – BBC Radio Leeds (Breakfast)
14th: Better British Dogs – BBC Radio Cambridgeshire (Sue Marchant)
15th: Status dogs – London LBC (Jenny Barnett)

How to Give Yourself a Christmas Heart Attack

Christmas is my favourite time of the year.

I go in to training for Christmas. By that I mean, I start to dramatically reduce my food intake and increase my exercise in the run up, purely and simply because I intend to indulge.

When I see a bowl of sweets, I’m grabbing a fistful. When I see a plate of mince pies, I’m having two. Hell, I’ll even eat Christmas cake and I don’t even like it.

Any way, here is my patented Christmas over-indulgence recipe.

I think I shall call it my Christmas Coronary Concoction. Continue reading How to Give Yourself a Christmas Heart Attack

Dogs in Vogue: Are Dogs Treated as Fashion Accessories?

Today I made my second appearance on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Woman’s Hour’ radio show.

The topic was related to the recent book ‘Dogs in Vogue’ which is, as it happens, a very nice book – amazing shots (as you’d expect) and in my opinion didn’t portray dogs as fashion accessories at all. Continue reading Dogs in Vogue: Are Dogs Treated as Fashion Accessories?