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To be critical has often been perceived as a negative thing.  Words like criticism and skeptic have become bywords for curmudgeonly complaining about everything from movies to politics.  But to academics, such words have far more important meanings.  To be critical is to be rational and discerning when approaching new information from any source.  It …

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If you’re anywhere north of the alps, it’s been getting noticeably colder lately.  As winter arrives in full force, a familiar chill returns to the air convincing most of us that, actually, we’d much rather stay indoors at night in the warm rather than venture out into the dark, unwelcoming nights of December.  So the …

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The First Blog Post of Spring Just when we had come to the acceptance that a canoe was an ideal investment for getting to work in the perpetual downpour of the British winter, the first day of Spring dawns. At last the sun has returned from its extended vacation in Spain, shining brightly down. All …

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With 2014 now well underway, it’s time to take stock of what you need to really make a success of the new year.  When thinking about the key skills you need to focus on, don’t forget to make time to brush up on your writing skills.  Everyone needs to communicate and if you want to …

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The Internet is the great enabler of commerce for our time.  Through the power of the world wide web businesses of all sizes have the potential to reach a global audience and sell to customers from around the world.  But even for those locally focussed businesses, a presence on the Internet and a means to …

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