Since Victorian times people have attributed certain qualities to individual flowers. Poppies which are used to remember fallen soldiers, symbolize eternal sleep. During the late 60’s and early 70’s “flower power” was a symbol of passive resistance to promote peace and love. Being November 11th, it is a pertinent day to remember this fact.

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Have you ever wondered is there something you think you should have done with your life that you didn’t or was there something that maybe you shouldn’t have done that you did?

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Have you noticed how many TV documentaries there are on train journeys? They are full of scenic wonders from the snow-covered alps of New Zealand to Australia’s Nullarbor Desert, Norway’s fjords and Canada’s lakes to name a few. I have been fortunate to have experienced these and many more not featured.

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At the beginning of your life, time is a commodity that is easily found. Although you cannot stop it, you can choose to squander or kill time. Towards the end of your life it is easier to lose time than find it and what you thought you owned, is simply borrowed time. As it starts to gather speed, it waits for no one. Why are we obsessed with time?

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Books are capable of uplifting and transforming us, they can clarify meaning, provide insight and context as well as recording data and history. Libraries are fuelled by the magical power of books.

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Have you noticed resilience is the word of the moment? You only need to read any article on mindfulness or managing stress to find the focus is on resilience.

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India often attracts generalisations and stereotyping, but more often it defies them. After all, it is an enormous country with diversity in language, styles of cooking and dress. Did you know that India was one of the richest countries till the time of British rule in the early 17th Century.

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For the first time in months I ventured out to the cinema to see the film Romantic Road. Married for 35 years, a British couple take an alternative route to winding down their lives to retirement. They pack everything on top of their 1930s Rolls Royce and journey across India to attend the Chobi Mela photography festival in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The question on everyone’s lips is why?

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Although you may not think of yourself as being creative, we all show artistic flair in different ways. Take two minutes to think of as many uses as you can for a common paper clip. How many did you find?

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While photographs can capture precious moments in time and evoke all our senses, they fail to record the emotions we feel as we look at awe-inspiring mountains, gushing waterfalls or iconic ancient monuments? there are moments when we need to put our cameras away and simply absorb the feelings of awe, wonder and joy. There are moments when we need to put our cameras away and simply absorb the feelings of awe, wonder and joy.

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