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Why running a marathon is like running a business

In 2009, I took the brave (or foolish, depending on how you look at it) to tick one more task off the bucket list and entered myself into the London Marathon. Now , I am not a runner by any stretch of the imagination and I am more built for Prosecco than speed, so it was not a natural feat for me to undertake. It also didn’t help that three days before the race, I was told that I was at risk of being made redundant from my job as a City lawyer. Undeterred by this small set back, I ran the marathon in just under 6 hours, beating Katie Price and Peter Andre but also picked up a knee injury half way through the race. I was pleased to have finished and still consider it as one of my greatest a

What have the Romans ever done for us?

Examples of key rings have been found as far back as Roman times when they were worn as an item of jewellery as well as having a practical purpose. This was a combination of a ring and a small key, hence the name 'keyring'! Since Romans wore togas with no pockets, the only option for keeping small objects from getting lost were to keep them in a purse or wear them on one's person. Today the keyring has evolved to become a fashion accessory in all shapes and sizes.

How much baggage do you have?

I am always on the look out for ways to help me travel easier, hence one of the reasons why I designed a tote bag which houses my camera, lenses, books, purse and the kitchen sink! But when I stumbled upon the shelf pack suitcase, I really had design envy. It's a brilliant suitcase concept with an integrated shelving unit, so no more crumbled clothes and having to search for the one thing that you need to find and you know is located at the bottom of your suitcase! Maybe I can integrate it into a camera bag design.....

Fed up with boring luggage?

One of my favourite things to do is travel - I love nothing more than wandering around a new place looking at the architecture, observing the history & its people & taking photographs (much to the delight of Mr Mapp of London who still cannot get over how many pictures I can take of a doorway. But there are some amazing doors out there!) One of the downsides of travelling is spending time in airports and in particular, waiting for your luggage to arrive on the carousel. It was whilst waiting for my luggage to arrive and watching the ubiquitous black suitcases (mostly with colourful bows so the owner could identify their suitcase from all the others, umm, I am also guilty of this!), that I

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