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Posted By Addictions UK
On 10 April 2014 - 9:00am

Thought: 'Into each life a little rain must fall – so look after your guttering!' ...more

Posted By Ed Mayo's blog
On 9 April 2014 - 5:59pm

With Lord Myners resigning from his Board position this morning, it continues to be a tough time for The Co-operative Group – among the worst in its long history. Yet for all that, our research shows considerable goodwill at a public level with people hoping that the business can pull together.

By and large people are aware that this is just one co-operative and the wider mutual model is one that still carries a high degree of trust. There are over six thousand independent co-operatives across the UK, with a turnover of £36 billion. Only 6% of UK adults say, in polling research, that what has happened will change their view of co-operatives in general.

The financial results now due for the Co-operative Bank, like all audited accounts, will look back, but, however its final capital call is resolved, the bank itself is looking to the future. It may be a slow recovery path but it will remain distinctive in terms of its ethical position and will of course retain close ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 9 April 2014 - 12:08pm

Amid all the drama about Maria Miller this morning it was easy to overlook the DWP select committee’s suggestion that their evaluation of Universal Credit has been ‘hampered by Ministers’.
Dame Anne Begg MP criticised the ‘excruciatingly slow pace of roll-out to date’, and said that Ministers have ‘hampered the committee's scrutiny of Universal Credit implementation by not providing accurate, timely and detailed information’, for example on the IT problems the scheme has suffered.
We heard last month that rising demand for food banks is not simply due to more of them being set up. Evidence is starting to emerge that ties the explosion in the use of food banks to Government welfare policy. A ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 9 April 2014 - 9:25am


It's not often one draws the bedroom curtain to find a bunch of kangaroos outside. Staying in a chalet in  the Jarrah forest in the Margaret River wine region of South West Australia gives much scope for wild life observation; fortunately no nasty crawly things so far. The chalet is on the Island Brook estate, a boutique winery in this gorgeous part of Australia. And I'm blogging after a day around some of the finest wineries Australia has to offer!  Highlight was Cullens. Would have bought some but the helpful wine taster in chief said it’s cheaper in the UK and gave me a list of the stockist! Their Chardonnay is a world beater.

On holiday in Australia (every good CEO deserves a break, even me!) and arrived in Perth after spending a while in the Hunter valley wine region. On a farm as it happens. And so lots of wine tasting and good food.
Here are a few photos for you amusement.  ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 9 April 2014 - 9:00am

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Posted By Addictions UK
On 9 April 2014 - 9:00am

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On 8 April 2014 - 5:05pm

I have a mistress, for perfections rare

In every eye, but in my thoughts most fair.

Like tapers on the altar shine her eyes;

Her breath is the perfume of sacrifice;

And wheresoe’er my fancy would begin,

Still her perfection lets religion in.

We sit and talk, and kiss away the hours

As chastely as the morning dews kiss flowers:

I touch her, like my beads, with devout care,

And come unto my courtship as my prayer

- Thomas Randolph

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Thomas Randolph (15 June 1605 – March 1635) was an English poet and dramatist. He was born at Newnham, England to William and Elizabeth Randolph. Thomas was awarded Master of Arts in 1631, and became a major fellow of his college in the same year. He wrote epitaphs for people close to the family when he was 16. Thomas was one of the most popular playwrights of his time and was expected to become Poet Laureate after Ben Johnson. It was his untimely death at age ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 8 April 2014 - 7:14am

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The current economic situation in Greece has drawn attention to structural problems in the healthcare system, resulting in more people losing access to health services and treatments, through increasing costs and limited resources. This heightens the need for new low-cost and efficient models that make health care accessible to all, and promote new approaches to preventative care. Ashoka has found social entrepreneurs around the world who lead the way in developing these new models. Now is the time to learn from their insights, and identify changemakers in Greece who are piloting new ideas.   

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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 8 April 2014 - 7:14am

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The current economic situation in Greece has drawn attention to structural problems in the healthcare system, resulting in more people losing access to health services and treatments, through increasing costs and limited resources. This heightens the need for new low-cost and efficient models that make health care accessible to all, and promote new approaches to preventative care. Ashoka has found social entrepreneurs around the world who lead the way in developing these new models. Now is the time to learn from their insights, and identify changemakers in Greece who are piloting new ideas.   

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