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Prehistoric body postures

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Do our homes reflect our psyche?

Do our homes reflect our psyche?  It’s pretty much a no-brainer.  How could our living spaces not mirror our inner world?  We personalise, decorate, embellish even the simplest spaces. Inevitably …

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Bach Flower Remedies

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Every so often I realise my lifestyle requires a bit of a tweak. I need a fresh injection of motivation to exercise smart and eat well. So I turn to …

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A group of us were being driven along a seriously scary road in France by possibly the worst driver in the world. I sat in the back, quietly toning the …

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