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Top ten tips on how to talk to strangers

1. Comment on something – an item of jewellery or something they’re reading/browsing, introduce yourself by name or better still open with a joke to break the ice like the intrepid social skydiver you are. 2. Don’t focus on the outcome. Have a go and see where initiating contact takes you. Remember rejection is inevitable […]

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Day 16: Live below the poverty line – £1 a day

Breakfast: porridge + office milk Lunch: skeleton soup + no bread Dinner: parsnip (4p reduced) made into roasted chips and chilli (tinned) ‘Treat’: apple, chocolate buttons from Nicki’s tuck box It’s all hands to the mill today and work flies by. Before long it’s evening and I’ve pulled together a motley crew to come along with […]

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Day 15: Live below the poverty line – £1 a day

Breakfast: porridge + office milk Lunch: skeleton soup + no bread Dinner: remainder of stir fry ‘Treat’: value yoghurt, value chipsticks  Today has been the toughest test of willpower so far with temptation lurking at every corner. 7.30am and I’m off to a breakfast club in Southampton for a spot of networking and training. One […]

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Day 14: Live below the poverty line – £1 a day

Breakfast: porridge + office milk Lunch: skeleton soup + tiger bread Dinner: stir fry + noodles + hot dogs ‘Treat’: value yoghurt, value cheese puffs  2 weeks into the challenge a further two pounds lost, taking my challenge total to just shy of seven pounds. In monetary terms by my reckoning I’ve spent £6.55 on […]

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Day 13: Live below the poverty line – £1 a day

Breakfast: none – up too late and need to get on the road  Lunch: Skipchen meal  Dinner: skeleton soup 9am and I’m off to visit my friends Sian and Alex in Bristol, we’re going to lunch in a place called Skipchen. Skipchen is part of The Real Junk Food Project, it’s a cafe which purely […]

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Day 12: Live below the poverty line – £1 a day

Breakfast: porridge + value strawberry yoghurt  Lunch: fish finger butty + green salad  Dinner: casserole with meatballs + tiger bread In a bid to liven up the porridge I mix in some value yoghurt this morning.  Perfecto! Following last night’s interview on BBC South, one of the comments on Facebook which Sally mentioned was from […]

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Day 11:  Live below the poverty line – £1 a day

Breakfast: porridge + office milk Lunch: fish finger butty green salad and carrots  “Treat”: value yoghurt, salt and vinegar value chipsticks  Dinner: casserole with meatballs  Up at dawn’s crack this morning as I’m off to the BBC Radio Solent studios, I’ve been invited onto the Breakfast Show with Julian Clegg!  Too excited to eat my porridge before leaving the […]

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Day 10: Live below the poverty line – £1 a day

Breakfast: porridge + water Lunch: curry noodles “Treat”: three canapés honourably half hinched at office party Dinner: chicken curry and tiger bread It is with sadness that I report I have been the victim of a crime…. My doughnuts, so kindly reduced by the charming baker, have today been dishonestly appropriated with the intention to […]

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Day 9: Live below the poverty line – £1 a day

Breakfast: porridge + work milk Lunch: French stick hummus-thing and lettuce “Treat”: Doughnut + half pack grapes + 1 scotch egg + ‘fruit Wednesday’ work freebies – 1 banana and 2 squares of melon Dinner: leftover pasta (as pretty full from most excellent treats) It’s my second morning on the porridge and I’m still experimenting […]

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Day 8: Live below the poverty line – £1 a day

Breakfast: porridge Lunch: French stick hummus thing and lettuce Dinner: Penne tomato and hotdogs “Treat”: Doughnut + half pack grapes + 1 scotch egg 1 girl…. 2 hours…. 6 supermarkets…. £1 a day! Last night I attempted to take bargain hunting to a whole new level, undertaking a supermarket crawl of epic proportions.  7pm – […]

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