Heddington posts

A blog that puts life into lifestyle, grand into Granddad and humour into everything.

Why moving house is so stressful.

The stress of moving house. As soon as you mention that you are moving house, someone will tell you about the stress involved. "They say it’s one of the most stressful things you can do,” is the helpful advice you will receive. “They say it’s as stressful as having a...

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Child safety and the danger of the school run.

Child safety and the future of mankind. I have written before about the hardships of life as a grandparent, but with our granddaughter soon to start school, there is a new hurdle to face. And I don’t mean the fact that she knows everything already.   Having...

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The way to improve your work (featuring Kanye West).

How to improve your work. There is a line of thought that suggests the way to improve your work is to involve someone else. It might be the use of an editor, or merely getting a second opinion. But, just adding the input of an outsider, even if they are a celebrity,...

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Why you should stop leaving comments on the internet.

Leaving comments on the internet is failing as a form of communication. Our forefathers communicated by letter, often waiting days, weeks, or even months for a reply from Aunty Mabel in New Zealand. They spent a fortune on sets of encyclopaedias containing everything...

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Be prepared for success, adventure and everything.

Be prepared for a successful life. While 2007 was the centenary of the scouting movement as a whole, this year is more meaningful for me, because 2016 marks 100 years of the Cubs, and I loved my time as a Cub. When I think back to my childhood, many of my most...

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Nigel Kennedy – Four Seasons in one Sunday

Nigel Kennedy - The New Four Seasons. There is an old saying in musical circles that goes: Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day - Give him a violin, and he will play Vivaldi. I might have just made that up, but there is definitely an inextricable link between...

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How to publish a children’s book in one simple lifetime.

So, you want to publish a children’s book? They say everyone has a book inside them, and that's often where it stays. As Pink Floyd said on Dark Side Of The Moon: Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines. But, sometimes, it's really just a...

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One small step for Nan.

One small step for Nan. As Tim Peake hurtles around the Earth faster than a toddler on blue Smarties (other sweets are available), the nation is swept by the biggest outbreak of space fever since NASA's Skylab fell back to the earth. At the same time as Tim was...

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Black Friday. A retail skid-mark across November.

Black Friday - prices slashed and free delivery. Did you know that the other day was Black Friday? If your email is anything like mine, you probably heard it mentioned. It is the retail marketing equivalent of a classroom full of overexcited six-year olds, all with...

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Searching for Google and a new look at SEO.

Not the Google SEO we all know and get confused by. We are all conditioned to think that Google is the centre of the modern universe. We use Google search to find things, Google mail to tell people about it, Google maps to get to it and Google drive to store all the...

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Why your stunts aren’t impressive any more.

Stunts that could kill. The other day, a lad on a skateboard passed me at high speed. "Gosh, how cool," I thought. I say, 'cool'. I think the term was probably twat. The location was a multi-storey car park, and in such locations, while most drivers are usually...

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Why mindfulness will help you avoid disappointment.

Mindfulness. Learn from the past but don't take it with you. They say you can never go back. You might not want to go back and live with your parents again, but is it really that bad to hold onto the past? I learned the hard way. Ghosts of the passed. A while ago, a...

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How to make every day a special day.

What makes today such a special day? For weeks, everywhere I go I have encountered Stoptober posters and I must say it has been a most successful campaign. I have not taken a single drag of a cigarette all month, although, the fact that I gave up smoking about fifteen...

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Why drinking black coffee makes you look stupid.

A love of coffee. I have always liked coffee and was always fascinated by speciality coffee. That said, the term speciality coffee has changed its meaning repeatedly over the years. For decades, speciality coffee meant splashing out on a jar of Gold Blend. Posh, or...

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Why you will never know how to understand women

The secret of how to understand women. Much has been made about the inability to understand women. There are many different theories about this, and suggestions range from them being of a different species, to coming from a different planet, to having smaller brains....

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Why home decorating makes me angry.

There is more to home decorating than picking the colour. Experienced decorators will tell you that decorating is all about the preparation. They are right. Like so many instances in life, the devil’s in the detail, but this particular detail devil drives me mad....

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How your attention span can influence the world

How to write content for the modern attention span. We’ve all done it. We turn on the tv and start to watch a potentially interesting consumer affairs program only to discover that it is disjointed, repetitive and repetitive. In this episode, we will be taking an...

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What they never tell you about giving birth.

A behind the scenes account of giving birth. Giving birth is a testing time, and an emotional roller coaster of a ride for all concerned. Fortunately, there is a plethora of blogs covering just about every aspect of pregnancy, labour and motherhood which can answer...

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