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Gilly Smith


I’ve been sussed. Not by the many people who, rather sweetly, email me for advice on juggling a career as a writer, mother, accountant, cleaner, salesperson and all the other daily roles of a freelancer, but by an anonymous website. WordPress is a strange land where no-one lives but where many millions are born every day. It’s a friendly world with no-one to talk to but where creativity is the…

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Just in from TVland…..

ITV Productions are now casting in the South East for a new series of ‘Britain’s Best Dish’, ITV1’s nationwide cooking competition to find Britain’s most mouth-watering dish. The concept of the programme involves competent, home cooks taking on the challenge of presenting original dishes for our panel of distinguished experts; John Burton Race, Jilly Goolding and Ed Baines. Each week, a different region of the UK is represented and provides us with an…

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A Bit of de Bono

Ken Robinson recommends this in ‘Out of Our Minds’. Six Thinking Hats® is a simple, effective parallel thinking process that helps people be more productive, focused, and mindfully involved. And once learned, the tools can be applied immediately! You and your team members can learn how to separate thinking into six clear functions and roles. Each thinking role is identified with a colored symbolic “thinking hat.” By mentally wearing and…

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Umi's writing techniques

Umi Sinha, a writer and writing facilitator, came to talk to us at the second Arts and Learning day yesterday, and passed on some invaluable exercises which I shall use with my students.  The chicken’s in the oven, so I’ll be brief…. Warm up exercises:Walk around the room with pad and pen, finishing off any number of one liners starting with ‘I see’. Here are a few of mine:I see…

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Rejection, cyber-style

Once upon a time, journalists would pitch their ideas for articles in a nicely written letter and send it to the editor of the most appropriate organ for consideration. Most newspaper editors wouldn’t bother to write back if they didn’t want it, but some would phone, or, in the case of The Daily Telegraph, send a nicely written letter back, detailing why it didn’t fit. It was a genteel affair,…

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