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Author Archives: admin

Get yourself ready for a great year ahead

During this time of year, it’s only natural for us to think about endings – but I’m always more interested in beginnings. Just as soon as this year’s holiday parties are wrapped, we’ll be thrown headlong into a brand new year – and a fresh opportunity to thrive. As you wind things down for 2016, … Continue reading »

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2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: WHAT HAPPENED?

Early Wednesday, Donald Trump was officially elected the 45th President of the United States. Need to see it to believe it? Here’s a state-by-state breakdown of who won what and where. Later, Hillary Clinton conceded defeat in a private phone call. “She congratulated us,” Trump said, “and I congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard-fought campaign.” THE WORLD … Continue reading »

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How running helped my firefighting career

I mentioned in my book ‘Firefighting from within‘ about running at a young age and now I want to share how it helped me as a firefighter. Running helps to get rid of excessive adrenalin and other stress hormones, boosts your mood and keeps you fit. Running is free, you can do it anywhere, and it … Continue reading »

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Everything that happened at the Rio Games

Bolt’s triple treble, GB’s great medal haul, Phelps’ showstopper, Lochte’s shenanigans, Fiji’s first gold, boos, empty seats, a green pool: we’ve got it all Rio Olympics medal table and results in full The Brazilian flag waves off the 2016 Olympics during Sunday’s closing ceremony. Photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters The big picture Rio was thrilled to be hosting … Continue reading »

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Are the Rio 2016 Olympics safe?

Has 4 years really passed since London 2012? It seems like only yesterday the country was swept up with celebrity torch bearers, Mo Farah, the Queen jumping out of a helicopter, 65 Team GB medals and of course 29 gold post boxes! Today is the first official day of Rio 2016 and I can’t wait … Continue reading »

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How I managed with dyslexia as a firefighter

When I started work as a firefighter, I wasn’t in a position where I had to do a lot writing for or to other people. At school I taught myself how to memorize things in a most amazing way, because I struggled to read. I listened very well in meetings and when I was briefed … Continue reading »

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So — Theresa May is our new prime minister…

So we have a new prime minister. Undemocratically elected Theresa May will waltz into number 10 tomorrow evening. For weeks swathes of the nation have praised our ‘democratic’ decision to leave the EU. But is our democracy an illusion? We are still no closer to leaving Europe and now have a head of state that … Continue reading »

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How tough times helped shape Wales’ football manager

Chris Coleman has masterminded Wales’ greatest football achievement — reaching the semi-final of the Euro 2016. Yet the manager describes himself as a man who has had “more failures than I’ve had success”. Their journey into uncharted territory has been an uplifting tale, and the spirit of the adventure has resulted in Coleman’s stock rising to … Continue reading »

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UK has voted to leave the EU– What’s next?

Now that the UK has voted to leave the EU– What’s next? Here’s one possible outcome… In a similarly dramatic referendum 50 years ago, Singapore citizens voted to leave British colonial rule and join the new Federation of Malaysia. But following race riots that ran out of control, Singapore was expelled from Malaysia and left … Continue reading »

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What would happen to the EU-derived employment laws with UK leaving the EU?

I wrote a paper on discrimination rights and the implementation of the EU equal treatment directives in the UK in 2005.  Now that the UK has a leave vote for the so-called ‘Brexit’, what will happen to all EU-derived employment laws  that have become entrenched in the UK legal system? Perhaps someone should tell Dave Cameron – not to … Continue reading »

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