Day: May 28, 2020

Please Don’t Take My Seat

I’ve talked before about how single people can have problems when it comes to cafes (see Table for One, Barcelona)  Here’s another one. Imagine this. You walk into a busy cafe, coffee shop, whatever. It’s self service and free tables are at a premium. If you are in a couple or group, there’s no problem. […]

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The Gold Rolls Royce

In memory of Johnathan Beagley As we journey through life, we all come across unforgettable characters. People who touch our lives in some way, even if we meet them only in passing. I met Johnathan twenty years ago, when I was living in Wales and looking to set up business as a storyteller. I needed […]

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Table for One, Barcelona

So often, single travellers are discriminated against. In hotels, the tables with the sea views are always set for four or two. The tables set for one will frequently be in the dark corners. In restaurants, they will invariably be near the kitchen or the toilets. When my mum became a widow after fifty years […]

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We are all Quietly Wonderful

So often, when I tell people I teach how to shape and share personal or ‘true-life’ stories, they’ll say, ‘I don’t have any stories to tell.’ Or ‘No one would want to listen to my stories.’ A woman said exactly this at one of my workshops. I gently asked her how she filled her days. […]

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Welcome

Who is the woman at the next table? What is her story? Why is she alone? I asked a female friend to describe her.  She wrote:‘The woman sits alone not because she has no friends but because this is her thinking space. The place where the ideas flow. An escape to another world.’ I asked […]

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