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How to (kind of) make it as a M&G columnist

There will be rejection in the form of no replies, which will haunt you for days. Keep going.

And the award goes to …

At the awards ceremony the billboard idea wins a grand prix prize, which is the most important prize to win.

On the road to forgiveness

Forgiveness is a lofty ideal, I find. The old recommendation to forgive and forget has always sounded to me like a bucket-list item

Let’s hear it for silence

I have a fantasy in which a salesperson knocks on my door. I open the door and they open their briefcase presenting me with silence.

Courageous thoughts on heroism

'Moving into middle age, I’m at odds with the idea of a hero, of heroism'

List of good leaders is receding

'I think it’s safe to say the world is experiencing a leadership crisis'

The pros of Myself (Pty) Ltd

"I’ve been using a company name and have played with the idea of talking to clients about “us here at the office”... but I’ve realised it’s just me. "

World Cup’s his and hers moment

'The revolution has spilled onto the screen'

You’ve got (sincere) mail

Emails from clients and colleagues by far outnumber those from friends and family

The book lover’s fallback

'Perhaps the best thing about joining the library is the deadline for finishing a book'

To have a dad like Raymond Ackerman

'Most days, however, looking at it from my side of the fence, the idea of a parent company is somewhat jaded'

An evening routine unsullied

By the time Game of Thrones is scheduled to air on Showmax, I’m asleep. That’s just the way I roll and no amount of suspense is going to change it.

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