Monday, 31 August 2015

Points South trips to India

Massive thanks to Out and About magazine as well as Points South for the page in this month's issue.

Jane designs bespoke trips to India and really takes the time to get to know what you'd like to see and to ensure the trip meets your exact requirements.

She said: "Many thanks for achieving this, I've already had an enquiry yesterday!"

Bank Holiday weather and the corner shop

I wrote this press release for a lovely couple who'd recently unveiled their new look shop after investing in expanding and refurbishing it.

Thanks to both local papers for using the piece.

Thursday, 27 August 2015


In this week's Farmers Weekly.

*h/t Sharon!

Monday, 24 August 2015

A cracking story!

Many thanks to the Leicester Mercury for using this!


After a break for summer, West Berkshire businesswomen are ready to network again with the Athena Network.
The Hungerford meeting takes place on Friday, 11th September at Audley Inglewood, where Vikki Champion of Vie Photography will be talking about the importance of imagery in the marketing mix.
The Thatcham group will at the Regency Park Hotel on Tuesday 15th September where Sarah Bromham from Radiance Therapy will be discussing how to avoid stress while in the network strategy training Debbie will be encouraging members to define their networking goals and discussing how to achieve them.
The Newbury group meeting takes place at La Tasca on Wednesday 16th September where Kate Talbot of Shore Financial Planning will be talking about financial tax planning and offering tips to build wealth and legitimately mitigate tax.
Debbie Miles, regional director for the Athena Network, said: “After a break from Athena meetings in August where we had a relaxed social, we’re looking forward to kicking-starting the new season.”
All meetings take place from 12pm to 2pm.

Monday, 17 August 2015


I’ve always been one to smell the roses. Literally.

Yet life has been passing me by in a blur of work, going out, rushing here, rushing there, worrying about the McBaby and everything else. My neighbours who see me leave the house know how forgetful I’ve become and I’m frequently awoken at 4am by nagging thoughts and to-do lists.

I knew that my relentless multi-tasking, planning ahead and constant planning was not doing me any good so when I met Sheila Bond from Living Well Mindfulness a few weeks ago, I knew it was people like me that she had in mind!

I tried out her taster session over the weekend and was not at all surprised to hear that they have been described as “life changing”.

Her sessions are for anyone, but typically enjoyed by people who are stressed or unwell. Or anyone who likes chocolate! After a mini meditation where we stayed still and closed our eyes that enabled us to take our awareness from the scalp, right through the body to the feet, we were invited to eat a piece of chocolate mindfully. That is, not in my usual fashion of shoving it down my neck and moving onto the next one.

We held it, looked at it, smelled it, admired its texture and then put it into our mouths and savoured every moment. Slowing down the experience and truly experiencing it properly was a bit of an eye-opener.

These classes should be on the national curriculum. Can you imagine how much nicer life would be if people were mindful of each other, if they weren’t obsessed with being in a rush. And if everyone was in the moment completely? Imagine conversations where people look at you instead of at their phones!

I’ve decided to be more aware and more present since yesterday and already I can feel the benefits. I slept better last night and have eaten particularly sensibly today having eaten my breakfast properly instead of wolfing it down.

Sheila’s courses start in September. Check them out here:

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

My recipe for a press release without a soggy bottom

With the Great British Bake Off returning to our screens tonight, I thought I'd write the obligatory tie-in blog post.

I find the programme fascinating even though I'm a terrible baker. While it's great to watch, it doesn't really help people like me learn the basics of baking. While there were some handy tips to be learned in the earliest series, it's becoming more and more out of reach. I know I'm not a baker, but I can't be the only person who has never heard of some of the items that were required by the technical challenge, let alone ever tried to make them. A Swedish Princess Cake? And what on earth is a "kouign-amann"?

Cooking up a lovely press release is more my thing. And much like my baking, I like to keep things simple, so here's my recipe for a straightforward, but delicious press release:


one dollop of human interest

one photo

one page of A4

Cooking time: about an hour.

Set your PC to "word document" and try to keep to within one page of A4.

What to do:

1. Start with the intro. This is where you put your "who, when, what, where."

2. Once you've perfected that, then you can start talking about the "why".

3. Gradually add more facts that help to tell the story. To taste.

4. Stir in some relevant statistics and a case study or two.

5. Now add a quote from you or someone relevant within your business.

6. Serve up with a photo and your contact details



Sunday, 2 August 2015

Silent Sunday 2.8.15

Meeting at work this week opposite Mornington Crescent - this pleased me no end.