Magazine article Management Today

The End: Slice of Life

Magazine article Management Today

The End: Slice of Life

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Until lunchtime, I'm basically prehistoric man. I run 8.5km to work from my home in Clapham, then eat almonds and pistachios from Holland & Barratt. It does mean my colleagues have to endure the first couple of meetings with me all sweaty, but if I wasn't able to do some physical exercise every day, it would really undermine my wellbeing. For my gear I go to Run and Become, which is owned by Buddhists, but I get most of my clothes from TK Maxx.


I'll always come back to Dylan, the Stones and Elvis Costello, but every year I spend at least two months listening to the bands that play at the Wilderness Festival, where I chair some events in exchange for free glamping. Last year I became a great Flaming Lips fan. I play guitar myself, very badly, for 15 minutes a day. It's the closest I can get to mindfulness, an activity utterly without purpose because I'm so inept.


I've only been to see West Bromwich Albion once in the past season. I've become such a curse on the team. I think I've seen them win only once in 15 games. I do miss hanging out with my mates Adrian Chiles and Frank Skinner though. One of my adult sons plays professional football for Houston Dynamo and the other is hopefully on his way, but I don't really play. At my grammar school Emanuel, which I hated, football was considered a horrible working-class sport.


What I learned standing as a Labour Party candidate in 1992 is that you shouldn't battle with vested interests, just try to create an alternative. …

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