Author Archives: tthurai

10 Tips for Survival in the Swimming Pool

Anyone who has considered taking up swimming for purposes of relaxation should forget it. In my opinion, swimming in a communal pool carries a level of stress equivalent to that of a fighter-pilot in battle mode. Forget those banal signs … Continue reading

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6 Top Tips: How to Stay Calm When Editing

Editing is a well-kept secret – or maybe the skeleton in the cupboard – depending on your view of it. Yet it plays a critical role in whether your book, article or thesis is outstanding or simply average. Having been … Continue reading

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For want of an egg … the birth of an un-domestic goddess

Arguments break out over the strangest things. I once heard a famous actress describing how a domestic row had been sparked off by a milk bottle. A milk bottle? Well, I can do better. My trigger was an egg. It’s … Continue reading

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Writer’s Stop! 10 tips for getting back in the saddle

We hear a lot about Writer’s Block but never about Writer’s Stop. In my view, you’re far more likely to experience a Stop than a Block to your literary endeavours. Just about anything can constitute a Stop. Illness, bereavement, looking … Continue reading

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Stop Press! 10 Top Tips for Writing Press Releases

Got news? If you want to announce something to the world – for example, a new product or an event – then you need to get your story out there. But how? Even in the age of social media, it … Continue reading

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Slobs vs Workaholics: 10 Resolutions for the New Year

It doesn’t matter which category you fall into. Somewhere out there is a resolution that you can keep. The problem for most of us is that many resolutions are of long duration and require a good deal of effort. For that … Continue reading

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Plum Pudding, riots and lechery: Christmas in the 17th century

In 1644, the Puritans gained control of Parliament. With Grinch-like fervour they set about cancelling Christmas. At a stroke, the traditional 12-day festival – a prolonged period of merriment and revelry characterised by rich food, dancing and excess – was … Continue reading

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