Florence Nightingale’s Amazing Career

30 January, 2010

I have written a book called Amazing Careers and Florence Nightingale is one of the people featured. Florence Nightingale was known as the lady of the lamp. The reason is that late at night in an army field hospital during the Crimea War she would go round to try and help the injured soldiers. Today, we may take nurses for granted until we are ill or need of help. Yet,…

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Marie Curie – An Amazing Woman

25 January, 2010

How much of your time is put to good use and how much is wasted? What can you do to make the best of your time?I find it interesting to see how people use their time. In my search for amazing people,  I have found a number of people who have triumphed over adversity and made major contributions to the lives of others. Marya Salomee Sklodowska  was one who stands…

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Helena Rubinstein’s Cream Success

4 December, 2009

On a visit to Krakow, Poland, I was booked into a small hotel in the old part of town, just outside the city centre. I had my doubts as the building looked as if it had suffered during the war and later occupation by the Russians. However, once inside, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and service. I asked the receptionist about the hotel and she said it was…

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Male or Female Doctors?

22 November, 2009

Do you prefer to go to a male or female doctor, or are does it not matter so long as you get good treatment? It is only recently that you have had a choice. It was very difficult in the early days for a woman to gain entry into a medical school. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to succeed, but only after 17 of her applications were rejected. She…

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Slave, Soldier and Spy

20 November, 2009

I am interested in people who achieved great things in their lives. Harriet Tubman stands out. Born into an American slave family, it looked as if she would live all of her life in servitude. After some beatings from slave owners, she decided to escape. Her first effort failed. The next time she traveled northwards by night and made it to a slave free State. She wanted to rescue members…

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Love Stories

15 November, 2009

What is it that makes one person fall in love with another? That was the question that led me to conduct virtual interviews with people like Emperor Napoleon and Josephine, plus Galileo and his mistress Marina Gamba.  William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway’s marriage was a fascinating example of how the great writer chose an uneducated women who was 8 years older than himself. What drew them together and pulled them…

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