Is The Apprentice bad for business?

Simon Pittman gives a personal view on how an entertainment show might not be good for the business community as a whole The Apprentice – every Wednesday at 9pm on BBC1 – is certainly an entertaining show – however I believe it can give the wrong impression about starting and running a business.Before I begin, I’m aware that it’s an entertainment show – and a lot of things are heavily edited (often to make candidates appear worse, make everything fit within the hour timeslot or to make things more entertaining).However a lot of people watch and gain the impression that is how a business is actually run, or that is the right way to behave. Even more worrying, I think some of the candidates that will be on the show in the next few years will be people who grew up watching The Apprentice (the UK version of which started…

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How You Can Prepare For Making A Mortgage Application

Applying for a mortgage can be a long winded process. Even the most straightforward of applications can see the lender coming back to you for further information several times.There are a number of things you can do in preparation and the earlier the better, 6 months to a year is ideal. By following these few suggestions not only will you stand a better chance of being successful with your application, it will speed things up as well. The very first thing to do is get a copy of your credit report. All lenders rely on this so you need to find out what is being said about you first. Check it thoroughly. If there are any points of contention you will have to contact the company that has filed the information about you, not the credit agency, the credit agency will not help you.One thing that can blow you out…

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Where To Look For Help About Debt

It may seem a little odd that as I am so involved in a business that seeks to introduce people to loan companies, that I should post a blog about debt. Fact is, that while I believe that responsible borrowing and responsible lending can, and do, have a positive role in both personal and business lives, there is definitely another side that needs to be talked about.As of August this year the average credit card debt per household was £2,608. Paying the minimum off on that each month will clear it in just over 26 years. The average household debt including mortgages was over £59K, and per adult over £31K. In all, personal, not business, debt totalled £1,650 Billion. According to a leading mental health charity, about a quarter of suicide or suicide attempts have some form of debt issue involved as a contributory factor.While poor spending habits play a…

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Movies According To Mischief – Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon

Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon Directed by: Will Becher & Richard Phelan Cast: Shaun, Timmy, Bitzer, The Farmer, Lu-La For those of you who do not know me well, I am a little bit of a fan of Shaun The Sheep. Don’t ask me why I have such a love affair with the super cute, cheeky, caring piece of meat, but I do. One of the first presents my boyfriend ever bought me was a Shaun The Sheep DVD boxset. The theme tune is one of the best ear worms to have, I recommend you check it out.Starting as an admirer of stop- motion animation, Aardman’s Wallace & Gromit are beautifully British comedic short films extending into full length features in later years, in which Shaun first makes his appearance in “A Close Shave” (1995).His loveable demeanour earned him his own self-titled series, set at Mossy Bottom Farm with the rest…

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Movies According To Mischief – Joker

Joker Directed by: Todd Philips Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Frances Conroy I’m sure I have previous mentioned that superhero films are not really my cup of tea. There’s nothing about the fantasy of figures having super powers and saving the damsel in distress and avoiding a global catastrophe that floats my boat. There are exceptions to this rule: Fantastic Beasts and of course Deadpool, but who doesn’t love his sense humour! I’ll go as far to say I enjoyed Dark Knight (2008) but purely for the portrayal of the Joker by Heath Ledger (RIP), as the storyline didn’t grab me and left me then longing for more Joker on screen.The Joker is an interesting character to play, he is the psychologically unhinged nemesis of Batman (the poor bloke, dressed in black, who is continually trying to save the fictional city of Gotham from its crime problem whilst being…

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Do you worry about what others think?

As well as being one of the cornerstones of #1PMChat, Hilary Sims is a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and an Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society (NCS). Here, Hilary gives her insight into something that many of us are familiar with... Do you worry about getting involved in social situations or taking part in education discussions because you worry about what others might think of you? How do you know what other people are thinking? We can see their body language, facial expressions and even hear the tone of their voice when they speak, but does this really tell us what they are thinking? We are interpreting their reactions from our own point of reference. For example, if someone shouts a reply at me, that doesn’t mean they are  angry at me or even the current situation. Their anger could have been…

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Movies According To Mischief – Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey Directed by: Michael Engler Cast: Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton I can actually remember back in 2009 the conversation being about Downton Abbey and how wonderful it was.I was 18, starting university and could not be less interested in the lives of an Earl and crew of servants in keeping his house spick and span. I had caught clips of it, and Heaven forbid the Mischief clan missed out on the Christmas Special! It was all they could talk about for the rest of the Christmas holiday! I was made to partake in the viewing of it, whist praising God that I was late and had missed the majority of it, and found I could not be more bored in my life (there was something about a car crash I think?). Since then this has been my opinion of Downton.Skip forward to early 2019, on…

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Movies According To Mischief – This Week’s New DVD Releases 9th September 2019

Want to know the latest DVD releases? Look no further!As well as reviewing the new cinema releases, #1PMChat now gives you a chance to grab that film you missed as soon as it is out on DVD! All Released Monday 9th September Mischief's Pick Of The Week Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile https://youtu.be/CtXEcBz3Go0 "I will definitely be buying this myself!" Shaunna Starring: Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Kaya Scodelario, John Malkovich, Directed by: Joe Berlinger Ted (Zac Efron): handsome, smart, charismatic, affectionate. Liz (Lily Collins): a single mother, cautious, but smitten. A picture of domestic bliss, the two seem to have it all figured out, that is until Ted is arrested and charged with a series of increasingly grisly murders. As concern turns to paranoia, Liz is forced to consider how well she knows the man she shares a life with and, as the evidence piles up, decide if Ted is truly a victim, or…

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Movies According To Mischief – Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Directed by: Quentin Tarantino Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino Just look at that cast list! Big names for an iconic director. And as I am a fan of things of a slightly more macabre genre, seeing characters like Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) and a slight glimpse of Charles Manson (Damon Herriman) peaked my interest but also at the same time, I was aware this film wasn’t going to be about The Family or the Tate murders. However, for being at a loose end on a Sunday afternoon, this film is a great shout. I do enjoy Tarantino, he is one of the directors I know off by heart by simply looking at the film and how it is shot, much like Wes Anderson. I cannot also deny at when I saw the running time at 161 minutes, I thought this…

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Movies According To Mischief – Fast & Furious: Hobs & Shaw

Fast & Furious: Hobs & Shaw Directed by: David Leitch Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba Right this film is getting the shortest review possible, purely due to how ultimately miffed I am about it. Up until the last 20 seconds, this film was a good four star film. I literally walked out of that screen with my jaw dragging along the floor, until at least I got home. And even then, I was having my little rant!This film contains the biggest spoiler in history for those who are not lucky enough to have Sky Atlantic, and who are law abiding citizens who do not stream shows illegally and are forced to wait for the DVD boxset to come out.Yes, I am on about Game of Thrones. https://youtu.be/9SA7FaKxZVI Mischief Rating  4/5 (One of Five Stars for Ryan Reynolds). Movies According To Mischief is the place to go when you…

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