Let’s talk!

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Hi there.

A few months back I wrote about networking and its benefits. Well, today I want to briefly mention a not -for -profit organisation called Link4Growth.

I attended a relaxed networking meeting on Friday morning at the Let’s Go! Business Hub at the Enfield Business Centre, run by Enterprise Enfield.

It was lovely to see the enthusiasm of the two ladies who represent Link4Growth, but what I found impressive was the ethos of Link4Growth.  According to the website, Link4Growth is:

‘…all about nurturing, supporting and connecting local people, business and communities…’

As if that is not enough, its  flyer says:

‘Link4Growth is a national community-building organisation which aims to provide something for everyone.’

Link4Growth meetings are run by volunteers and have other networks in other areas -Enfield being a new one. Now, choosing the Let’s Go! Business Hub to host the meetings seems like a natural choice as the hub has a  growing number of hub users with a variety of businesses, which feels like a community of its own.  This is especially true of the weekly Wednesday InterAction meeting, for hub users.

If you are wondering whether community spirit exists anymore then check out http://www.link4growth.biz, for more information,  how you can join, or how you can lend them your support.

If you are a business owner and you need support or want to see the range of services and packages offered in your local business centre, check out http://www.enterpriseenfield.org/.

Remember you can follow/like Link4Growth and Enterprise Enfield/Let’s Go! Business Hub on Twitter and Facebook.

Take Care,







Best place to work?

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Hello there!

You may have noticed a theme lately discussing why you should love what you do, and do what you love. Well, this week is not that different as we look at companies that know about the benefits of having a happy workforce.  If this is a growing trend then I definitely want to know more and I think we can all learn from this whether we are employers or employees.

In an article called, The rise of playfulness in the workplace we read that,

‘Happiness is available in many forms, but a careful balance between work and non-work is absolutely key.’

Adam Breeden goes on to talk about a study conducted in October 2015 which looked into companies like You TubeGoogle and Lego, to see how they try to keep their employees young at heart.  This is not that much of a surprise, as we would expect nothing less from global brands like these. However, there are a few well-known companies that have also implemented short-term practices into the work environment which boosts productivity in the long term.  For the whole article see, http://www.smallbusiness.co.uk/running-a-business/office-and-home-working/2507116/the-rise-of-playfulness-in-the-workplace.thtml.

Okay, so I have made a note to myself that if and when I employ others I have to create the right atmosphere. In the meantime, though, where are these elusive companies that make up Best workplaces lists?

According to an article in The Independent in December 2015, Expedia was top of the list of companies to work for in the UK.   Retailer Shuh and the charity Oxfam are fifth and sixth on the list. So how did they make the list?

They are all great places to work because of how the organisations are run, they have good management in place and of course, pay and colleagues plays a large part too.

For the full list, see http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/expedia-tops-25-best-places-to-work-in-the-uk-as-ranked-by-employees-on-glassdoor-a6765231.htm

If you own or work for a company that you believe could be the best workplace, why not check out http://www.greatplacetowork.co.uk/ and maybe enter for 2017!

There may be some organisations that believe they have everything in place to ensure that their employees are happy, yet there seems to be some negativity.  Well, help is at hand on the internet.

Here are a few options:

www.execleadership.com/…/OVERCOMING_NEGATIVITY_IN_THE. This is a link to a PDF of A Managers Guide to Overcoming Negativity in the workplace by Business Management Daily.

Arron Skonnard on Inc.com writes How to cultivate hope, not haters, in the workplace, in his article, 7 Ways to Overcome Office Negativity.

So the moral of this week’s story – if you can’t do what you love or love what you do:

Find a company to work for where you can,


Start your own company so you can.


Take Care,




Love What You Do!



Hi there,

I hope that you have not been working too hard and have tried to have some sort of work- life -balance. This is of course easier said than done. These next few weeks will either see folks winding down, or being wound up! Stress levels can get seriously high!

Being in a job you dislike, or having a career which was not planned is for some the cause of the stress. Now I am no stress expert, but I just want to comment this week about why we should ‘love what we do.’ Some of what I have to say will be reiterated in a New Year blog in a couple of weeks’ time.

Now when I say ‘love what you do’ I am not trying to be patronising. I live in the real world where there are bills to pay and mouths to feed, so for the…

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Do What You Love! (Part 4)

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Hi there,

Well, here it is the final part of Do What You Love and I am so excited about bringing you an assortment of poetry all gift wrapped.

Last week I wrote about classical music and how music and poetry go hand in hand. Well, this week has a snippet of music again, but from a different genre.

Alas! I could go and on but really I must not,

to write a few pages must definitely be my lot!

Okay, how does the Oxford Dictionary define poetry?  According to them it is:

‘Literary work in which the expression of feelings and ideas is given intensity by the use of distinctive style and rhythm; poems collectively or as a genre of literature:’

So poetry is in all genres of music, it is spoken word, plays, it is in advertising, and it is in the Bible.  It is everywhere and if you are not into poetry, then you may as well get rid of any forms of media that you have access to.

If like me you do love poetry, then you are in the right place, for two reasons:

  • You are being encouraged to Do What You Love and
  • It’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow, so what a perfect excuse for musings about love.

Let me start with a line from some beautiful poetry found in Song of Solomon 1, verse 2 in The Bible.

 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.

The first selection to wet your whistle is from one of the World’s best-known playwrights – William Shakespeare.

Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move. Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love.

Taken from Act 2, Scene 2 in Hamlet, see https://learnodo-newtonic.com/famous-hamlet-quotes, which explains, ‘these lines are spoken by Polonius while he reads to Gertrude, Hamlet’s letter to Ophelia.’

There is a reoccurring theme in Shakespeare’s writings involving tragic love stories, so here is something a bit lighter from his Sonnet 18.

Another household name who was a prolific writer and poet was Maya Angelou. Like Shakespeare, her work always seems to be bitter -sweet.  The following is taken from Touched by an Angel.

We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love’s light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.

I could spend all day on the work of  Shakespeare and Maya Angelou, but I have to move on and introduce something different, yet still poetic.

Whatever your musical tastes, poetry is in Rap and R&B as much as it is Country and Western, and in Popular chart music. There may be some who would disagree about the poetic content of such songs but according to the definition of poetry, there is as much intensity and story-telling in some of these songs as in a Shakespearean tragedy.

Here is an example from Hurt by Drake.

So hard to breathe this air that we call love,
Aint nothing worse than the hurt we receive from love,
When you get hurt by the one you living for,
Pain can make you wanna love no more.

And  from Common on his album Be, about his childhood.

How beautiful love can be

on the streets love is hard to see

It’s a place I got to be

Loving you is loving me.

Now for the die-hard romantics, this video is  a must. For me, Robert Burns captures the essence of a classic love poem.



I think it’s time that we changed gear again with Pam Ayres. Now for those below a certain age who have no idea who she is, then you will have to take my word for it when I say that she was well known in the 1980s and 1990s.  She is still going strong today and this poem is called If You Gave Me a Diamond, from her new collection called You Made Me Laugh Again.

If you gave me a diamond as big as a rock, apart from the fact that I would pass out from shock,

I’d fear I would lose it, or burglars would reap it, so all things considered, I think you should keep it.

If all of these wonderful words has not inspired you to Do What You Love and write some poetry for someone you care about, then check out,

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_valentinesday.html#BdLZJavb0cZvPvpc.9 for more inspiring words.

So all that remains for me now is to end with one of  my own major works. It is so romantic that I will happily allow everyone to use it tomorrow.

I love you because you’re smart, I love you because you’re funny,

But why is it since I met you, I seem to have no money!

Take care and remember to always Do What You Love and share the love – every day, not just on Valentine’s Day.














Do What You Love! (Part 3)

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Hi there,

Welcome to the penultimate article in the series of Do What You Love!

So we all know that love does not pay the rent, and from what you are about to read sometimes doing what you love does not either. However, I don’t think that we should abandon what we love, if there is no money in it.  Sometimes what we leave behind is more precious than a full bank account.

Do What You Love is not only about business, it’s leisure too. So for those living in the real world (who were previously with me on the campaign trail), I need you to suspend your disbelief for a while, or at least until the end of this Do What You Love jaunt through life.

Music plays a large part of most people’s lives and through various genres we develop our own soundtracks for our lives.  This week we discover that classical music is no different with beauty and sadness walking hand in hand.

I recently heard Jane Jones on Classic FM (www.classicfm.com/radio) talk about a time in Gustav Holst’s life when he was so poor that when he had to attend the Royal College of Music in London, he made the 100 mile walk by foot from his home in Cheltenham carrying his trombone.  For more about this and other short pieces with other famous names such as WagnerSibeliusDebussy and Elgar see, http://www.classical-music.com/article/15-penniless-composers.

This may not seem very inspiring to mention people doing what they love and ending up poor, but some of the composers lead good lives prior to dying paupers. Wagner and Debussy apparently had luxurious lifestyles.  However, I feel sorry Elgar and Sibelius who were poorly paid or received very little royalties from successful compositions.

I guess there is a two-fold lesson in there; enjoy your life while you can and of course make sure you know what you are getting into if you sign a contract.

The composers like us today may have gone through difficult times, but the soundtracks they wrote for their lives, were their legacy, and we can do the same. We cannot put a price tag on the impression we leave behind but if we are passionate about what we do, who knows what impact we may have on other people’s lives.

So where is the romance? Well, let me go back to a quote that I used in my Most Wonderful Time of the Year Series, where I mentioned Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Written in 1602 the full quote is:

‘If music be the food of love, play on; Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die.’

According to phrases.org see, http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/195300.html, the main character Orsino wants to be submerged in music in the hope that it will cure his lovesickness for Olivia.

Nothing much has changed in hundreds of years as music and writing still go hand in hand as illustrated by Shakespeare who was a prolific playwright, poet and actor.   This leads us nicely into the final week, next week, where I will be introducing one of the main loves of my life – poetry!

If poetry is your thing and you are in Palmers Green on Saturday the 13th of February, there will be some poetry reading in the Community Room of Palmers Green Library at 2pm. See http://www.palmersgreencommunity.org.uk/pgc/ for more details.

I hope you will indulge me once again, as we saunter through Do What You Love!


Take Care,