I loved my MX5. Bright red. Bose speakers in the headrest. One of the first mobile phones in Australia to be installed into a convertible. Separate hard top, as well as soft. Polished within an inch of its life. Why would I swap it for...

I moved house recently. Those of you who know me will be slightly shocked. For seven years, I’ve lived on an island. A very small, scruffy, no-shops, no-water, no-sewerage type of island. It’s called Scotland Island. A magical place. Amazing community. Wonderful wildlife. I’ve raved...

Here’s a strange piece of advice. When you have to start writing, the last thing you need to do is write. By which I mean the last part of the writing process is putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard). No. There’s homework to...

This is something I do in my workshops. Just before lunch, when everyone’s tired. ‘C’mon,’ I say, looking at their bleary, wary eyes. ‘Let’s come up with 30 ideas in 30 minutes.’ You can imagine their surprise (and lack of enthusiasm). And that’s the point....

According to research, 10 is the magic number. Yep. As reported on OK Dork, BuzzSumo analysed 100 million articles, looking for what content gets shared the most. Articles with lists of 10 got the most shares. Hoping that number works for me, too. If you...

Ah. I remember school. Quite fondly, actually. My school was unusual. Founded in 1552, with a uniform that dates back over 450 years (and still worn today). Wonderful teachers and education. And I remember essays. Lots of essays. I always left them to the last...

Michelangelo was once asked how he went about the sculpting process. His answer? ‘I saw the angel in the marble, and carved until I set him free’. How amazing is that? To see a thing of beauty in an unwieldy block. For me, this sums...