Friends. How well do they really know you?

Have you ever been asked the question “What would you want your friends to say about you at your funeral“? It’s the sort of question we’re sometimes asked on training courses aimed at understanding how well we know ourselves, and it’s one of those embarrassingly awkward questions which modesty or lack of self-confidence prevents us from answering truthfully.

In the past year I have attended three funerals – elderly relatives and friends who had been ill for a while and whose time was finally up. On each occasion, I learned far more about them through listening to their eulogies than I ever did during their lives.

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What do you mean “the Budget’s not just about me”?

This week the Chancellor of the Exchequer presented his spring budget to the British people. As usual, I wouldn’t have his job for all the tea in China, as it is always an opportunity for everyone to complain, and for very few to congratulate him on a job well done.

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News just in – “I’m not a clever man” says King George V

I came across a great quote attributed to King George V who reigned from 1910 to 1936.

I am not a clever man, but if I had not picked up something from all the brains I’ve met I’d be an idiot“.

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