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Art & Illustration

My first career was as an artist and illustrator. Without any formal training outside of school, I was fortunate to submit a painting to the Art Group in 1984 which was published and sold in every IKEA store in the world. This opened the door to becoming an illustrator, and published children’s books included The Little Train and Mike’s Kite.

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What makes a brilliant conversationalist?

Most people think a brilliant conversationalist is someone who’s effortlessly gregarious and engaging. Of course these are marvellous attributes, but perhaps they are only part of the story.  For example, some people are natural talkers but poor listeners. Others are happy to take centre stage in a discussion but have an unwitting tendency to take control of it and – as a consequence

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