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  • Resigned Resignation: Anne-Marie Cockburn on surviving grief | Infinite Ideas
    now one who is getting to know herself and one who knows who she is but knows she can never be that person again I was saying to friends last night that it s all very well for me to do all the right things in order to take good care of myself physically and emotionally but death is pretty permanent and that is the problem with this journey The end result is the same and that throws me out of kilter do I have the strength to keep contending with that or do I run out of determination and drive at some point and curl up to merely exist How do I do this and can I that is more the point Can I actually do this Who d want to have my job being a bereaved parent is the worst job in the world Thankless and joyless worse than having a stroppy ungrateful teenager to contend with At least when Martha was here we d calm down and then giggle at how stubborn we both were But that giggle is gone and I now need to draw on my own stubbornness in order to find the strength of character to face the grief and grief doesn t have the same sense of humour as me I hate you grief but you seem to love me and cling to my ribs I stand on grief s fingers as it hangs on defiantly a villain on a cliff edge I peer over and crunch the fingers with glee and beckon grief to let go but grief disappears and then appears behind me whispering eerily in my ear I always win in the end Acrid breath filling the air as I turn around and am pushed I fall to my life that isn t death and isn t life either a hybrid place where the residents look as hopeful as tourists after an uncomfortable long haul flight I hand in my letter of resignation I don t want this job I didn t apply for it but grief my boss sits there smoking a big fat cigar his phone constantly ringing providing no space in his schedule to read my letter I m ignored and the frustration builds up inside me LISTEN TO ME you can t do this I say But this isn t a job you can resign from so I dutifully turn up on a daily basis and look forward to my lunch hour Search Recent posts Alice in strategy land by Kate M Santon can help improve your business Career lessons from The Walking Dead be adaptable The pros and cons of self publishing your business book Zombie identification for beginners What would Rick do Ten career boosting tips from The Walking Dead Blog Post Categories 100 Management Models 15 5742 Days 6 Authentic leadership 10 Basil Bunting and A strong song tows us 8 Book publishing 51 Business and finance 128 Classic Wine Library 8 Codebreaking

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  • Anne-Marie Cockburn: The journey so far | Infinite Ideas
    December last year Anne Marie has since launched a fundraising campaign and is working with Oxfordshire Community Foundation towards advances in teenage education and drug reform She has written several blog posts including one following publication and Poker Face in which she writes openly about her fight with bereavement 5 742 Days A mother s journey through loss is free for a limited time only from the US Kindle Store and iBookstore Visit the Readmill community to read an excerpt and share your thoughts with other readers or follow Anne Marie on Twitter for updates about what Martha did next Search Recent posts Alice in strategy land by Kate M Santon can help improve your business Career lessons from The Walking Dead be adaptable The pros and cons of self publishing your business book Zombie identification for beginners What would Rick do Ten career boosting tips from The Walking Dead Blog Post Categories 100 Management Models 15 5742 Days 6 Authentic leadership 10 Basil Bunting and A strong song tows us 8 Book publishing 51 Business and finance 128 Classic Wine Library 8 Codebreaking our future 6 Current events 37 Entertainment 39 Football Business 9 Game of Thrones on Business 22 Implementing ISO 9001 2015 5 Lifestyle 43 Nine visions of capitalism 14 Publishing for business 4 Sherry 6 Spirits distilled 8 The corporate wellness bible 1 The Diversity Dashboard 7 Uncategorized 4 Wine and spirits 30 Working With The Walking Dead 3 Archive Select Month April 2016 1 March 2016 2 February 2016 3 January 2016 5 December 2015 3 November 2015 5 October 2015 4 September 2015 5 August 2015 3 July 2015 8 June 2015 6 May 2015 10 April 2015 7 March 2015 10 February 2015 8 January 2015 4 December 2014 3 November 2014 10

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  • Laura Sandford, Author at Infinite Ideas | Infinite Ideas
    developers are looking for other ways to lure in potential buyers This week Mashable is touting Fitmob a website and app that brings together certified fitness trainers and would be gym goers with the shared goal of reducing the costs of fitness instruction read the full article here The idea is that by attending sessions regularly you pay less The catch Fitmob classes are in the initial stages of development for now unless you re lucky enough to live there you ll need to catch a plane to San Francisco to attend Another popular fad this year is personal fitness trackers wristbands designed to track how often you exercise how well you sleep and like the apps mentioned earlier monitor vital stats Some reviewers of the leading brands such as Jawbone Up and Fitbit Flex are sceptical about how useful all this information actually is If mainstream users are going to get better insights we will need smarter gadgets that collect more types of data more accurately which are backed by intelligent services that can turn that data into useful recommendations immediately Read more here Through apps websites and now even wearable accessories developers and entrepreneurs are pioneering some fantastic fitness ideas if the developers have their way we will have evolved into a race of super humans by 2020 we re changing in other ways too take a look at our previous ramblings to find out how technology is affecting the arts and media industries But there s a long way to go before these complex new innovations can provide a seamless intuitive user experience that gives the user more than just a list of statistics of dubious accuracy It s also hard to replicate the social interactive aspect of a workout session that provides an essential motivating factor for all but the most hardcore gym bunny So for now let s go back to basics ditch the naff bracelets forget the virtual trophies and keep it simple We know that good information is king and that exercise should start with you With the right frame of mind and the best ideas at hand you can develop a fun exercise routine and get the most out of your workouts on your own terms So check out our range of books and ebooks which are full of inspiration to kick start your fitness plans and find the way to a healthier new you By the way just in case apps are more your thing we ve teamed up with Mobifusion to develop Better Body Abs remember to check back soon for more simple effective workout apps that draw on advice from our very own expert authors because let s face it Mr Motivator is just so 1993 Google Glass piracy and the digital world 24 January 2014 by Laura Sandford in Business and finance 2013 saw the addition of a new word to Urban Dictionary Glasshole s n An obnoxious disgustingly rich and or famous wearer of last year s controversial gadget accessory Google Glass Google Glass is a voice activated set of not so fetching eyewear simply utter the words OK glass and enter a world of divine gadgetry By incorporating technology similar to Apple s Siri typically found lurking on the humble iPhone and iPad Google have given Glass users access to a vast factual database ask for directions translate a line of Chinese find out the status of your flight business class of course and if you re desperate to know just exactly how long the Brooklyn Bridge is Glass can have the answer in a jiffy Google is particularly proud of that one Surely we ve all been there a night out on the town sporting a minuscule but wholly fabulous handbag or perhaps a smaller than average manbag or a large but not quite large enough pocket with as little hope of taking a camera along as squeezing a hyperactive giraffe into the average attic space to give you an idea check out the expertly crafted video Giraffe in my loft by Weebl s Stuff But Glassholes know better They can nonchalantly fling away their old school cameras and video recorders safe and smug in the knowledge that Google Glass can see record and share what they see handsfree eat your heart out James Bond But hold the second mortgage Google Glass has been somewhat slow to catch on not least because you can t simply pop down to your local electronics store to get your hands on one The prospective Glasshole must sign up to the we think rather pretentiously named Glass Explorer Program using an online form Not only that you must be a US resident and you must initially be placed on a waiting list among presumably thousands or even millions of other aspiring Glassholes So a select few privileged Glassholes are running rampant among the unsuspecting common folk and concerns have been raised in the media not only about the average Glasshole s unfair competitive advantage at boardgames but more importantly about serious matters such as intellectual property and piracy Who cares I hear you cry Well as content publishers we do Imagine walking into a cinema and recording the entire film just by looking at it A man recently arrested in Ohio under suspicion of doing just that was afterwards released when officials discovered that his prescription glasses were in fact out of action at the time A spokesman for America s Motion Picture Association dismissed the threat posed by Glassholes as at least for now insignificant and one discerning commenter on a related news article noted A person using a head mounted camera or Google Glass would have to sit absolutely still for 90 120 minutes in order to produce a viewable video Imagining that someone is actually doing so and producing a video that would be a viewable alternative is really stupid Stupid or not perhaps concerns about piracy would be better focused on the ebook and app

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  • Anne-Marie Cockburn on publishing 5,742 Days | Infinite Ideas
    photograph I read the story eagerly and was relieved that there was nothing to be concerned about One comment on the Guardian website read So stark So beautifully written but so hardwired from the heart it is almost too painful to read I like to think that this opinion will change once the reviewer has read the entire book to something more like Positive and uplifting full of hope and determination but everyone is entitled to their opinion At first glance you would definitely think that my story would be too much to take but in reality it is not like this it s a journey an interesting gripping and hopeful one My way of grieving is personal to me but it d be nice to think that I can show people that there is another way one that can include laughter joy and self belief alongside the inevitable emotional turmoil and anxiety I ve deliberately avoided wearing black and I ve been tough with myself For instance if I was reminded of Martha in a specific shop I d force myself to go back there a few times so that the reference is no longer about her but about me I don t want to be constantly haunted but there are sixteen and a half years of rewiring to do and that would be an impossible thing to try to achieve I wonder how people felt as they read the article did they have to stop and move on to something lighter such as the food section relieved that they are not me or did they persevere to the end Did my story make them grab their children and hold them tight for a moment glad that they re safe and well Or are there others out there like me who have outlived their own children my story reminding them of their darkest hours I receive an email from a mother who saw a recent article written about me She said Heartiest condolences I have no words that could properly express how sad I feel at what happened to your daughter I would like to thank you for sharing your raw grief I feel it will help other people a lot Personally I will make sure my two daughters read your book before they try any drugs if they choose to I believe children should be helped to make up their own decisions and your work helps to show how dangerous a single moment can be and provide a perspective on the issue that is often lost It is a great help to me as a parent to be able to present this information to my children This email helps to banish any doubts that seep into my mind and confirm that what I m undertaking is going to help others It s great to receive feedback of this type as it endorses what I hope to achieve over the next few months Today s newspaper is relevant for

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  • Poker face | Infinite Ideas
    I ve put up I think as I sit in the corner of the boxing ring having blood wiped from my nose waiting for the bell to ring again Ding ding here we go I think as I stagger to my feet round two I feel as though my head is full of cotton wool friends try to comfort me They know as well as I do that there are no answers and they can t make me feel better Some find it hard to make eye contact with me and I don t blame them as the pool of dark sadness that exists behind mine can reach into their soul and render them tarnished by witnessing what I m going through I look out from the stage at an empty audience I can make out the vague figure of a cleaner hoovering with her back to me She s behind you I shout out but my call comes out silent I laugh to myself then lie down on the stage to die but then I hear the distant sound of hooves and suddenly a knight in shining armour comes galloping towards me He s coming to rescue me I think He stops his horse dangerously close and asks if I know the way to Sleeping Beauty s Castle typical I think I lie down on the stage to die again my life flashes in my head page by page I feel the wind from the pages turning rippling gently across my face There s so much to take in there we are my girl and I with her giggle lighting up the stars and fuelling the sun Chapters showing struggle love friendship travel hope and dreams so much to take in I stand back and gaze at it all wow it s incredible with nature as the quietly confident backdrop to it all being ignored by many but never complaining and getting on with it regardless I peer out from one eye Am I dead yet I ask rhetorically I know my book definitely hasn t ended and there are many chapters to go from here But I m so incredibly tired so I lie between two chapters the text from the written lived pages leaving an imprint on my bare back with the unwritten unlived ahead of me I curl up and rest a while recharging for the journey ahead As I wake I reach up and pull down the blinds as the winter darkness has returned prematurely again An elderly man walks past on the street below in a lackadaisical manner he s in no hurry to get home this Christmas Eve with his shopping bag for one and I wonder why Are you lonely As I hear the galloping fade off into the distance I bid this elderly man farewell and pour my love out of the window and down onto him to fill his heart with hope and love and to put a spring in

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  • Will Prince Charles be an authentic leader? | Infinite Ideas
    easy but he has in the past few years improved his public image after the post Diana years and taken on more duties as the queen gets older The revelation that he had a hand in government was able to influence politicians is a little alarming The modern monarchy are certainly different to their forebears and the queen now even has Twitter However at the beginning of David Cameron s second term as Prime Minister and not to mention the timely addition of another baby in line to the throne Prince Charles must demonstrate that he is above the crowd and able to rule should the opportunity arise with humility and indifference to the changing British political landscape Everyone has opinions and it is most likely that Prince Charles at the right hand of his mother is more clued up on what goes on in government than most But to lead he must be authentic There is no doubt that the queen possesses the qualities of an authentic leader I doubt there are many other people who could go about their duties and live under as much scrutiny as she has endured for over half a century Charles with his son and grandson set to follow in his footsteps must set an example for them to follow The monarchy will always be at the pinnacle of British society but to endure they most not upset the apple cart Search Recent posts Alice in strategy land by Kate M Santon can help improve your business Career lessons from The Walking Dead be adaptable The pros and cons of self publishing your business book Zombie identification for beginners What would Rick do Ten career boosting tips from The Walking Dead Blog Post Categories 100 Management Models 15 5742 Days 6 Authentic leadership

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  • Is David Cameron an authentic leader? | Infinite Ideas
    than ever in a position of power Do we really want George Osborne as Chancellor The man has never had to budget in his life No Tesco s basics beans for him oh no But then we come to David Cameron a man who made Margaret Thatcher look charismatic Has he ever had to choose between going on holiday or fixing his house Has he ever had to save every penny he s earned to afford a mortgage This is the man that the UK has for the next five years A party so out of touch with the people seemed to win this election Seven years since the 2008 recession and the country is still feeling the pinch Inflation and VAT is at an all time high with house prices rising at an exponential rate With the everyday person now not predicted to own a house until they re in their late thirties what is David Cameron going to do to help the country back to being Great Has anybody forgotten what stellar ethics he possesses by keeping Rebekah Brooks in his pocket Or lauding it about in the countryside with his incredibly polite and pleasant pal Jeremy Clarkson Does anybody remember when Cameron employed now convicted criminal Andy Coulson I m sure these were all oversights Only time will tell as to how much of a danger the landslide victory for the SNP will be in Scotland It would seem that Cameron s grovelling to keep the UK together is far from over With five more years under this government Cameron needs to emerge as a leader that we all have confidence in not just those who will benefit from the cut in inheritance tax Cameron now has a majority win he no longer needs propping up with a deputy Prime Minister He is desperate for power that s for certain but can he prove himself to be authentic If the past five years have anything to prove it s that Cameron doesn t like to upset the Fat Cats those with influence he will defend his friends rather than speak up for what is right and moral The next five years may well be even more trying for this government than the last five years David Cameron must learn to put his ego aside and lead for all the people not just those with power and influence If it all goes to hell we re planning on moving across the pond to vote for Hillary Search Recent posts Alice in strategy land by Kate M Santon can help improve your business Career lessons from The Walking Dead be adaptable The pros and cons of self publishing your business book Zombie identification for beginners What would Rick do Ten career boosting tips from The Walking Dead Blog Post Categories 100 Management Models 15 5742 Days 6 Authentic leadership 10 Basil Bunting and A strong song tows us 8 Book publishing 51 Business and finance 128 Classic Wine Library

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  • Is Nigel Farage an authentic leader? | Infinite Ideas
    we re not comparing him to Hitler but Farage much like Hitler is looking for a scapegoat for the British peoples problems For Hitler it was the Jews for Farage it is immigrants Statistically immigrants in Britain put more into the economy than they take out and many come here not to sponge off the system but to make a better life for themselves and their families Farage himself married a German woman and employs her as his secretary It will be a difficult day at the airport for the Farage family if he is forced to deport his own wife But then we would not expect a hypocrite to do that would we Then there are the claims that Farage has the best interests of the British people and has put them at the heart of his policies A little known fact about this man is that he used to be a banker in the very city that for too long has creamed off the profits and put the economy in a very compromised position Do not be fooled by the beer swilling everyday man that Farage presents himself to be He will certainly not be affected by the bedroom tax or the benefits cuts He likely has little to no idea how the everyday person manages with VAT at 20 and the rising cost of living When it comes to polling day consider yourselves and consider that this man his no idea what he is doing Power can be very dangerous in the wrong hands and one who is seeking it so desperately should have his motives called into question Farage is anything but authentic Search Recent posts Alice in strategy land by Kate M Santon can help improve your business Career lessons from The Walking Dead be

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