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Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

Do you have what it takes to start up a new business? - Try our quiz below. These top 20 challenges that a study of 500 entrepreneurs found were the toughest to conquer for a new business. Nearly one-fifth of those polled said they worked a minimum of 13-hours every day in their first year of setting up their business, with seven per cent slaving away for 16 hours or more every day. One entrepreneur confessed the hardest thing about...

Film Review: Custody

French drama Custody (original title Jusqu'à la garde) opens with mother Miriam (Léa Drucker) and father Antoine (Denis Ménochet) arguing over Antoine's rights to see his two children. Initially there is a level of sympathy for Antoine, and an audience can question whether he is being unfairly maligned by a seemingly dislikable mother. I was also reminded of the issues of tit for tat arguments in a family court between parents, with what is the truth being a matter of...

Self help Novel with a conscience – The Legacy of Crystal Island

Not Just Another Self Help Book – The Legacy of Crystal Island An experienced therapist has combined people’s love of fantasy fiction novels with a real desire for self-understanding and improvement in a bid to write anything but another self-help book. The Legacy of Crystal Island is the first in a trilogy of books by author and renowned therapist Colleen O’ Flaherty-Hilder which will explore the human mind and the way we can be conditioned into what we think and...

Flashbacks to ’93: Indecent Proposal

High concept was a buzzword in 90s Hollywood, and they don’t get much higher than Indecent Proposal’s. David and Diana (Woody Harrelson and Demi Moore) are high school sweethearts who have been pretty happily married for seven years. Things seem to be going well; she’s in real estate, he’s an architect and they’ve just started building their dream house. Then the recession hits and, down to a borrowed $5000 and with the bank calling in the loan and about to...

Congratulations, you’re going to waste TWO WHOLE YEARS of your life

Watching kettles boil, waiting for buses and standing in line at the post office - it all adds up in the end to a considerable chunk of wasted time! The average Brit spends the equivalent of more than TWO YEARS of their lives 'killing time', it has emerged. Researchers found we typically waste 42 minutes a day waiting for everything from friends to buses and trains. Standing in a queue at the supermarket and sitting in traffic also leave us...

Maewyn who? Brits are clueless about patron saints and St. Patrick’s Day origins

Clueless Brits don’t know their Maewyns from their miracles when it comes to the patron saints of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, it has emerged. A study revealed gaps in Brits’ collective knowledge surrounding the UK’s patron saints ahead of this weekend's St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Just nine per cent of Brits knew St. Patrick's birth name – Maewyn Succat - with 35 per cent mistakenly attributing the moniker to the patron saint of Wales who is actually St. David....

How to solve cryptic crosswords

The Joy of Cryptic Crosswords and How to Solve Them By Marc Breman Playing puzzles like crosswords and word searches could delay the onset of cognitive decline in old age, according to research. Scientists believe a mental workout could stimulate neuron growth in a key area of the brain and help us to keep us sharp in later years. Of all the puzzles available, cryptic crosswords are said to be the most fun – but also the most difficult to...

Restaurant Review: Benares, Mayfair

If London boroughs carried slogans in the same way US states do then "style over substance" would surely be the motto emblazoned across Mayfair's chic streets. You would see it scrawled on the bumper plates of the Lamborghinis that rev at full throttle between traffic lights on the congested streets, or embroidered on the red carpets that cushion the stairs outside its hotels. The bars, that puff a scented mist into your face on arrival and offer cocktails decorated like...

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