Archive of ‘Archived Features’ category

If you want to be happy and you know it…

“The purpose of our lives is to be happy“ –          Dalai Lama Many of us hold a prevailing sense that we deserve happiness. The trouble is, lots of people don’t know what will make us truly, sustainably happy, or how to go about achieving happiness. Thankfully, the people of Bedford have Happiness Clubs to focus […] Read more…

Loving photography and family

Photographer Michelle Payne-Gale is enjoying a successful career combining her two greatest loves. Michelle’s enthusiasm for her two loves: her family and for the art of photography is infectious. Always wanting to work for herself, Michelle got into photography by accident. She took some business photos for a friend as a favour and then started […] Read more…

The potential of being limitless

Watching the film Limitless recently got me thinking how awesome it would be if I had the same abilities. If you haven’t seen the film Bradley Cooper plays Eddie, a struggling writer who, lacking motivation to finish his first novel and recently dumped by his girlfriend, takes a pill offered by his friend. Under the […] Read more…

When are you getting married?

My partner and I have been together for nearly 14 years (yes, you can get less time for murder!). We’re perfectly happy and aren’t fussed about tying the knot. That’s why it can be frustrating when people ask me the perennial question: “So, when are you getting married?” These days, it really doesn’t seem necessary […] Read more…

A roof of one's own

An Englishman’s home is his castle, so they say. Well it is if you can afford it, anyway. Us Brits have long been obsessed with home ownership. Turn on the telly and you’ll find no end of programmes helping people find that perfect home to buy. Now, I love those shows (probably because I’m really […] Read more…

Plants vs Felines

Never mind the video game Plants vs Zombies: the new obsession in my household is how to keep neighbours’ cats away from the plants. I am a cat lover and growing up, my family acted as staff to at least one cat at a time. I never gave the smallest thought to where they might […] Read more…

Check in before you check out

In the TV show the Big C, Cathy (Laura Linney) is diagnosed with terminal cancer. During the first series, Cathy does what many of us dream of doing, but never do: tell people what they mean to her. Too many of us don’t take the time to tell our loved ones how we feel about […] Read more…

Make good grammar your business

This week, there has been a lot of talk in the media about new grammar tests for school children. Judging by the standard of many shops’ signs, adverts and even some newspaper articles correct grammar, spelling and punctuation is something that many people don’t understand. Many a time, I have wished I had a camera […] Read more…

Believe the hype

How did you respond the last time someone paid you a compliment? Did you smile and say thank you? Or did you look embarrassed, shuffle and mumble something about it not being good or your outfit being old? Chances are, it would have been the latter response. We (especially us Brits) are programmed to think […] Read more…

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