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How to hurry and still make time

“These are the decisions of a prime minister in a hurry’” observes BBCs political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, of our new prime minister. “One who is aware that he's up against the clock.” Maybe Boris should heed the advice of one of his predecessors. “Beware of endeavouring to become a great man in a hurry,” cautioned Benjamin Disraeli. “One such attempt in ten thousand may succeed. These are fearful odds.” Now I think about it, I'm in a hurry now, getting this blog done in a relatively short-time frame. No getting up and making myself a cup of coffee or even chatting to Jacqui. Not even a loo break. The advantage of being in a hurry is that it gives you focus. There again, you can

We are planting a forest for the future

Scarisbrick being a farming community means that our Wednesday prayer meeting starts at a ridiculously early time – and this week I found myself sitting between the two extremes of today’s husbandry, John and Bernard. John specialising in laying lawns whereas Bernard plants trees. They work with totally different time scales – and this got me thinking. John operates in the very short term. As all football supporters know, today’s turf technology has totally transformed the modern playing surface. In fact, John can roll out a perfect lawn in a few hours. You want a brand new lawn for Monday? No problem. However, Bernard operates with a completely different time frame. You want

Why not stop at 98%?

No doubt there will be spelling mistakes which evaded my spell cheque while my punctuation will be, all over the: place. But in 45 minutes or so, I will be pressing SEND and off goes this document, mistakes and all, into the blogosphere. With no recall. I’ve just been reading an excellent article in the New York Times entitled, “It’s Never Going to Be Perfect, So Just Get It Done.” (Incidentally, the archaic capitalisation is theirs not mine). But over the years I have come across people who have been paralysed by their need for perfection. Invariably they either miss the deadline or work late into the night and then are too tired to perform well. So Tim Herrera in this article

My battle with the squirrels and the importance of thinking

There’s one thing to be said in their favour, squirrels think. I know, I’ve just been watching one. Some background here. We have invested heavily in bird-feeding equipment – tables, boxes and especially feeders. And especially in 12.6kg bags of sunflower hearts. It goes without saying that we like to watch all the different types of birds who visit our garden which backs onto woodland and fields. However, squirrels. I suspect most of our 12.6kg of hi-energy seed goes to feed these tree-loving rodents. And so I have tried various methods of deterring or obstructing them. As it happens, I am also fighting this battle on a second front: Jacqui. She likes squirrels and so sh

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