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Ethical business, successful relationships…

Africa is the new frontier in the world, the “untapped market”, with tremendous wealth in the ground. Small wonder that foreigners are exploiting this up and down the continent. West Africa in particular is very exciting in terms of mineral wealth. And it’s also an interesting study in the power of ethical business practices. Continue reading

When in Rome…

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. It’s a common phrase I found myself considering recently. Look up its origins and you’ll find it comes from a Medieval Latin saying attributed to St. Ambrose – which literally translates as “if you should be in Rome, live in the Roman manner; if you should be elsewhere, live as they do there.” For me, this proverb carries a lot of weight and wisdom, and deserves reflection, perhaps even more so now in an age of multiculturalism.


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The equality debate scales new heights

I’ve always believed men and women doing the same job should be paid equally. It’s common sense, and those who believe differently should question their motives. Women are as good as, if not better, than men in many occupations and should be equally rewarded.

I wrote recently about the phenomenon of ‘overwork’ and how men are often guilty of clocking up extra hours to be ‘seen’ to be working hard, at the detriment of women who work equally as hard but may have to fulfil more family obligations.

The battle of the sexes goes on and I think when we stop looking at the differences, and analysing who does what and in what way, we’ll start to get somewhere! It’s often been said that equality is a human issue (not just a female issue) and we need to stop defining ourselves and each other in terms of gender. Continue reading

Another potential step forward in the treatment of cancer care

Having battled and won the fight against colon cancer some years back, I take a personal interest in new advancements in the field, which could help those suffering from it. I know what a devastating effect the disease and its treatment can have on both an individual and their loved ones, so any new research, I feel, should be welcomed.

With this in mind, I was heartened to read this article in The Guardian. Now, I’m not completely sure of all the nitty-gritty details, but basically the NHS are going to “…sequence DNA of 75,000 patients over the next four years …” which they claim will provide information that could help medical teams decide on the appropriate drugs to use on a patient and also identify groups for “…targeted trials of new therapies”. Continue reading

The changing face of South Africa – a new wave of immigrants now calling it home

Cape Town with the sun shining - as always

Cape Town with the sun shining – as always

South Africa, the place where I was born and raised, is a beautiful country; from big game viewing in the stunning Kruger National Park to the Cape Winelands, it’s a fascinating place – with a famously chequered past.

I left in 1977 to begin a new life in England. I felt I needed to get away from the conflict and trouble the country was experiencing under apartheid and I no longer felt this was a place I could be. I had left twice before, but had returned both times as my children were still there with their mother, eventually leaving a third final time with Lorna.

I eventually got my children out of the country, which was a huge relief. Before then I had no peace of mind, worried as any father would, about their well-being and safety.

Of course things have changed dramatically in the last couple of decades; Nelson Mandela and the end of apartheid promised a new future for this beautiful yet troubled country, and changes have been and still are being made. But there is still a long way to go. Continue reading

Why we need stem cell research

Stem cell research has to be one of the most important areas in medicine development for the future. When I was treated for colon cancer many years ago, I received stem cell transplants to replace the cells that were killed by the chemotherapy and radiation therapy. It’s amazing, really. Human stem cells have the ability to turn into any type of cell. They work to maintain and repair the body tissue they’re found in. So, in theory, they can be used to replace any kind of damaged cell in the body.

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London Film Museum to put Bond’s classic cars on show!

I’ve always loved cars. I have a real appreciation for them – for how they’re made and designed.

I’ve just read that on the 21st of this month the London Film Museum is opening a new exhibition called ‘Bond in Motion’. The Bond franchise is unbelievably successful, and I do like the Bond books and films, but what really interests me about this exhibition are the props that will be on display. The exhibition will show the largest official collection of James Bond vehicles – 50 of them! – including the white Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me and the Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville, which was Goldfinger’s car in the film of the same name. Bond’s iconic Aston Martin DB5 will also be on show.

I may be a grandfather but I still have a very boyish love of cars. So I’m looking forward to seeing this – although I hope it’s around for a while because I’ll be away over the opening weeks. Continue reading

Happy Valentine’s Day

Lorna and Norman

I’m not a huge advocate of Valentine’s Day. I do think it’s nice to show your partner or loved one that you care, but it’s the idea that just one day of the year is dedicated to it that is the part I really don’t like. Surely random gestures to show you appreciate your partner are valued more than giving a gift on the one day of the year we’re all told to.

I like to think I show Lorna how much I appreciate her more than once a year! Continue reading