10 Favourite Jet Lag Reduction Tips

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Picture: Brian Joseph Hydrate with Fly1above – a brilliant product. Set your watch to your arrival venue 2 hours before you board. Don’t touch alcohol pre/during flight. Wear flight socks. Eat protein/veggies – avoid starch/fats. Don’t work on the flight – read odd stuff, binge on some TV, sleep! Go into low reactor mode –…

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A Little Kindness Travels

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When it comes to sharing, studies have found that articles and video clips that trigger positive emotions, such as happiness, surprise or warmth, are more likely to go viral. No surprises then that random acts of kindness by strangers are frequently reported in the news or shared online. These stories remind us of the goodness…

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The Tipping Point and the Mona Lisa

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Picture: Brian Joseph The Tipping Point, the transformational book by Malcolm Gladwell from 2000, describes “that magic moment when an idea, trend, or socialbehavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire.” The Mona Lisa is a famous painting by Italian artist Leonardo Da Vinci. Notwithstanding the Mona Lisa’s innate quality, the serendipitous string of…

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Could You Ever Tell A Story This Way

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Traditionally, storytelling has tended to follow certain conventions. Aristotle told us a plot must be whole, with a beginning, middle and an end. Richard Linklater, Director of the Oscar-front-running film Boyhood, offered some suggestions on how to shake things up in a recent article on FastCo.CREATE. Linklater’s approach is admirable and courageous, precisely because new…

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Carefree Arizona

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Was at my place in Carefree, Arizona over the weekend (75°F vs 20” of snow forecast for NY!). Watched a fully grown mountain lion amble up the boulders outside the back walls, unhooked a 2ft long King Snake from the wire mesh around a lemon tree and sent him on his way, photographed three lean…

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Service Is Everyone’s Business

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(Good) hospitality, which can be characterized in a nutshell as ‘efficiency and just the right degree of interaction’, isn’t just for hotels – it’s everyone’s business. Customers have greater access to services and products and lower tolerance for shoddy service and obsolete technology. They’re outspoken about their experiences, and have a variety of outlets to…

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10 Favourite Things

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A gripping new book (Fiction) A new Live John Prine album (pictured) The latest video of the grandkids A handwritten letter/ card from a friend A bottle of Petrus A slab of Mrs. Kirkham’s Lancashire cheese A new series of Justified An All Black Test Match The Villa Santa Ana in Castiglion del Bosco Spending…

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I Can Vouch For This

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Browsing the weekend Financial Times’s book section I saw that English actor, novelist and stage, film and radio writer Emily Woof was asked “Where is your favourite place in the world?” She replied: “My father, who died in 1996, was the director of the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere in the Lake District, and my favourite…

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Worth A Thousand Words

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The saying ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ rings true now more than ever. We live in a culture accessorized by cover images, thumbnails, Instagrams and emojis. People ‘read’ pictures like they do text, but with pictures there are no rules for engagement. There are no restrictions; no left to right, top to bottom,…

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Radical Optimist

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I’m a big fan of Marc Andreessen, and not just because his head is an identikit for mine. From an “incredibly practical and hardworking” farm family in small-town Wisconsin, he graduated as an engineer from the University of Illinois, one of four sites with supercomputers in the mid-1980s. He burst into prominence in 1995 a…

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Celebrating the Daily Commute

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Commuting – traveling between home and work on a regular basis – takes all kinds of forms. Some people enjoy it, taking time out to ponder and reflect. Some go to great lengths to distract themselves, using modern technology to read, listen to music, watch TV or perhaps even work. Some find the whole experience…

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Habits of a Lifetime

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Love a List – an ongoing series. Today, 10 personal practices for living life well. Live life slow. Always look on the bright side of life (thank you Messrs Python). Don’t have any screens in the room in which you sleep… yes, that includes your mobile! Read odd stuff. Avoid moderation – nothing succeeds like…

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When the Going Gets Tough

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“When the going gets tough, the tough get going,” sang Billy Ocean in the eighties. Some people call it hustle. I call it grit, or to coin a phrase from a fantastic (but out-of-print) book by Gary Jacobson and John Hillkirk, ‘the 3G factor’ of grit, guts and genius. It’s what epitomizes those who succeed…

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Smarter Groups & Collective Intelligence

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What happens when a bunch of smart people get together? Smarts aren’t necessarily cumulative, according to an article by Thomas Malone on Quartz, so really, anything could happen. According to a study conducted by Malone and his colleagues, collective intelligence isn’t the sum of the individual intelligence of people in a group; it’s more complex…

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