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Snowmen and Serious Stuff

One of the wonders of working in the world of words is how many fascinating opportunities it brings. 

This week I was asked to run a session on that most dreaded of demons of young people, the personal statement on their university and college application forms. 

I immediately said yes as I saw the opportunity to (1) explore something new (believe it or not, it's been a while since I applied for university (and double believe it or not, yes I did go)), (2) run an interesting and fun course, and (3) do some good.

The statement is about five hundred words long, and most young people say the hardest part of the process.

So, how to go about giving them an insight in ways to tackle it? 

I did some thinking and didn't come up with much, so I headed to my usual temple of creative thought (yes, you know where I mean, and yes, it does rhyme with dub), and yay! Inspiration - 

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Never

Just like it's said there are only so many kinds of stories, there are also only so many themes for a blog. 

But one I come back to time and again, because it's so worth it. 

I've been in London for a reason I'll explain in a minute, and I happened to walk past what I've now come to think of as a metaphor for the week. 

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It's the job of a big wheel like the London Eye to keep on going whatever. 

And that's such an important lesson in life. 

This week came news from a writing friend - 

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The Little Things

It's an old saying that little things mean a lot, and I can certainly echo that. 

I am the proud owner of a new tie - 

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The SMCC stands for South Molton Community College, where I was privileged to be the guest at their Presentation Evening this week. 

I made a little speech and gave out the awards for achievement, merit and effort, and the exam certificates. 

I don't charge a fee for events like this, because I think it's the right thing to do -

To give something back to the community in recognition of all the good fortune I've been lucky enough to know, and to see if I can encourage young people on to bright futures. 

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