Judie Lannon

On the 3rd floor of a London terraced house, I have a double bed with a very ancient mattress that I have been thinking of replacing for years.
Many years ago I was doing creative research for a company called Silhouette, makers of women's corsetry and worn, as you will imagine, by overweight middle aged women.
The great gardener and creator of Sissinghurst in the south-eastern UK country of Kent, Vita Sackville West, was said to keep a cemetery noting the plants that died in her care: a constant reminder that living things need proper attention.
The psychologist Oliver James recently quoted research which said that in the 1950s, two out of three women said they would marry someone they didn't love.
I am by no means the first person to quote this old chestnut about advertising waste and I am sure I will not be the last.
Technorati tells us that the female blogging population in Europe is about half the size of the male blogging population.
A speaker at the recent CMO conference in Zurich performed a witty experiment on his audience. Telling us to cover our (analogue) watch faces, the task was to describe the 6: was it a Roman or Arabic numeral, a dot or a mark or something else? Faces uncovered, he then asked who got it correct.
I recently tried to explain to an elderly relative what my step-daughter’s interest in ‘sustainable fashion’ meant.
From time to time I am reminded of the world's best business book title. It's not surprising that Dale Carnegie's 1937 best seller ‘ How to win friends and influence people ' has sold more than 15 million copies in numerous languages.
Some years ago, idly flipping through the New Yorker on the train from Bath, I came across a seductive title: ' The talent myth: are smart people over rated? ' And a gripping read it was too.
Not being an economist by trade but, like everyone these days, forced to absorb at least a superficial grasp of financial ideas, I've come to see that Shareholder Value theory seems to have gone badly wrong.