Entrepreneurs from Gary Vee to Elon Musk talk of extreme hours, weekends in the office and cancelled social lives as the price of building a great business. Back in the real world, these stories can also send people into burnout, ostracise friends and strip joy out of life, resulting in anything but success.

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Elon Musk once said “…if somebody is working 50 hours [a week] and you’re working 100, you’ll get twice as much done in the course of a year”. Startup culture is awash with narratives about entrepreneurs grinding seven days a week in pursuit of success. …


Your teachers were faulty

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Do you have visions of wild success that remain out of reach? Has life failed to provide the paycheque that you hoped to receive?

Don’t worry, it’s not your fault, your teaching was faulty.

Medium makes it easy to believe the absence of success is your fault. Work harder, be…


How it feels to have Covid-19

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Day 1: Monday 16th March 2020
Mondays are always tough, aren’t they? My brain struggled to fumble it’s way around planning my week of work, on this groggy Monday morning. Overwhelming desire to eat carbs, especially crisps.

Day 2: Tuesday 17th March 2020
Woke feeling ill, which was a genuine relief…


In the back yard of a Brooklyn pizzeria is a trailblazer in food media.

The studio at Heritage Radio Network, New York.

“We call that the awkward date table” says Kat, looking out of the recording studio into Roberta’s Pizza Restaurant, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. …


Academic and author speaks about what the UK can expect post-Brexit.

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Marion Nestle is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health, Emerita at New York University and the go-to voice to comment on ‘Big Food’ in the US. …


Battles between fake meat and cheap meat will only result in more choice and cheaper food.

Meat is at the core of current disucsssions about food, with sustainability, health and the environment central. How much meat should we eat? Or should we eat it at all?

Documentaries showing teary-eyed presenters sobbing over the destruction of our natural environment calling for an end to meat production segue…


Why do I need to say this?

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Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies recently suggested banning the promotion and advertising of junk food, alongside a blanket ban on eating and drinking on public transport, except water, or for health reasons.

Outrage ensued, people calling it a ridiculous measure and dismissing the idea, but her ideas are incredibly…


Deciding to quit drinking alcohol is easy when you look at the world in this way.

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I scoured the house, looking for tonic water. A few cigarette butts floating in two-thirds empty glasses of golden or dark liquids scattered tables as music buzzed through the air. …


Donald Trump’s journey from reality TV to the world’s top job teaches valuable lessons about building a movement.

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“It’s fucked mate. Your car is fucked.”

The palms of my hands moisten and my eyelids slowly close, as I try to recall my credit card balance, and calculate whether the unworn jeans I bought on payday are still within their 28 day free returns period.

On the phone is…


Binge eating and binge drinking can be short term fixes for uncomfortable situations. But it’s a hollow victory when the feelings keep coming back.

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The last piece of pizza languished in the box, staring at me. It was tepid and dull, it’s life forces seeping out the bottom of the box.

My stomach winced at the sight of it. The seams of my jeans strained. A sickening mix of masticated BBQ chicken pizza and…

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