I recently trained to be a full-time firefighter. The training was hard but they ingrained one thing into us: they are not trying to create robots who just follow orders, but crews who think for themselves... More

Why is it that getting up at 7am for work can be absolute torture and require three hits of the snooze button, while 7am on a weekend morning for a long cycle in the Peak District is often an absolute... More

Imagine this: she looked at me with horrible disdain in her face and threw my artwork down on the desk. “What is this rubbish? My nana could have drawn better than this and she’s blind. Do it again. You... More

I was about 10. We were on holiday and my brother and I were playing on the campsite playground. Throughout our childhood we were like cat and dog, always bickering and fighting. Being four years older... More

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver. “Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”  More

Interestingly, as I was thinking about writing about kindness this month, I ended up in a conversation with my 12-year-old daughter about a lonely lad at her youth group, and whether it was her responsibility... More

Seb sat grinning at the table while Liam poked him in the face. We were at our annual residential. Seb was one of the leaders and the kind of guy who never stopped smiling; he was full of patience and... More

Buy your mentee a cactus. Seriously. In fact, the cactus will arguably be a better mentor than you! It has the privilege of doing what you can’t do: spending vast amounts of time with your mentee, including... More

I ran a 10k race last October. I’m a ‘middle of the pack’ runner, so my time of 48:44 was acceptable but not mind-blowing. I occasionally entertain dreams of finishing on a podium, but deep down I’m resigned... More

Here’s a challenge… Don’t think of a pink elephant… I said don’t! I bet you can’t get that image out of your head now. More