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On Day 17 of the Tour de France (Le Tour), so close to the end of the race, a rider waits at the foot of the Col de la Madeleine to help his leader up the dramatic assent.

Jens Debusschere, former Belgian National champion, is riding for the first time with B&B Hotels — Vital Concept, a second division team with a whole load of spirit.

Newbies to the event may not realise just how much of a team sport Le Tour is. …

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Neha Yazmin. — Author, Blogger, Ex-Investments pro, psychology grad, mum of 1.

To this, I would add a huge advocate and champion for the terrifying realm of self-publishing and courageous blogger.

A huge thanks to Neha Yazmin for giving us a glimpse into her world of experience and knowledge around Indie publishing.

The lifelong philosophy of a resistance heroine.

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Lucie’s disguise is convincing. Different hair, a little makeup, a characterful rayon dress, and a veiled pillow box hat. She sits in front of the feared Gestapo head in Lyon, Klaus Barbie, a la the butcher, and her act seems to be working.

If she feels repulsed at sitting so close to a man who represents everything she has fought against her entire life, she holds it in.

Weeks after the arrest of her husband and eight comrades at a clandestine resistance meeting, Lucie has finally found a way to set him free, tenuous though it is.

Like his fellow…

Three ideas from David Hume, Adam Smith, and Francis Hutcheson on making a better world.

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In the 18th Century, Scotland was a land without a leader. James VI of Scotland had become James I of England. The country was Crippled by debt and blighted by poverty. Scotland was a country without a parliament.

Yet out of this small country emerged a ferocious movement of innovative thinking; The Scottish Enlightenment.

Dennis C Rasmussen, the author of The Infidel and The Professor; charting the friendship of Adam Smith and David Hume, poses the question;

“How did a nation that began the eighteenth century as a poor, backward outpost on the fringe of Europe manage to become such…

Easy tactics to add texture and dimension to your stories

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When you hear the word myth, what do you think? An epic Homer text or a Euripides play? Do you think of a 10-hour Lord of The Rings trilogy? Something enormous and impenetrable. I find it daunting to think in terms of creating something that huge.

And fear aside, the Middle-Earth Blog by Michael Martinez reports that it took Tolkien 17 years to write Lord of The Rings. Who’s got that kind of time?

But fear not, mythology doesn’t reside only in epic fantasy or sci-fi books, and it’s not hidden in the formidable stories of the Greeks and Romans.

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When Dorothy’s house gets whisked into the air in L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard Of Oz (1900) it leaves behind a scorched and lifeless landscape in Kansas. The dull repetition of colourlessness has infected the land and the hearts of those around her.

In the 1939 film version, Dorothy has a different problem. No-one is taking her seriously. No one cares about her fight with the influential Miss Gulch and the threat to her dog, Toto. Aunt Em, Uncle Henry and even the farmhands are too busy to lend her their ears for a couple of minutes.

Sound familiar? A…

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The hustle, the noise, Dragons Den style panels ready to turf you out on the street for being so presumptuous as to call yourself a business.

The reigning narrative, often true, is that entrepreneurs and business owners should buckle up for sleepless nights and a torrent of agonising challenges.

Some may make you; most will sink you.

But not in Blue Oceans Strategy: How To Create Uncontested Market Space And Make The Competition Irrelevant by Renée Mauborgne and W. Chan Kim.

Written in 2005, Blue Ocean Strategy provides a set of tools and frameworks to reorientate organisations away from super…

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Patagonia, the clothing company with a penchant for environmental activism, has found a way to scale upcycling into a profitable business model.

Upcycling is the process of re-purposing waste, like the billions of new clothes condemned to landfill into a product for use.

Landfill clothing has been on Patagonia’s hit list for years, and in 2019 they started ReCrafted, an experimental enterprise tasked with unearthing a scale-able product process for creating fashion garments out of discarded clothes.

Making clothes from new material can be done efficiently on a factory line; a design is created and then replicated quickly. However, using…

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By now, most of us have digested the entire library of free Simon Sinek articles on purpose or read and applied Seth Godin’s advice to our suite of business offerings.

Depending on your turnover, you may have signed up for an SEO or data insights package to bring our customers closer to our orbit.

Now we’re all swimming in the same pond of certifications, tools, advice and recommendations, what are our differentiating features?

With technology at our fingertips more at our fingertips than ever, our greatest assets are as they have always been. …

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If you’re taking some time out from the real world this Christmas; whether voluntarily or not you may need a little slice of distraction.

And while stories aren’t just for Christmas, these tales may just make your festive period pass more gloriously.

Below are five stories that, between them will be available in hundreds of languages and various formats such as novel, audiobook, television adaptation or movie. They are epic tales that have the power to transport you away from the real world; at least for the duration of the story but ofttimes longer.

Stay safe, be kind and enjoy…

Sarah Thomas

Storyteller, ex playwright (produced), award winning screenwriter, always writing. Creating story-based content for businesses. London based but heart in Europe

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