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So, here we are in the deepest, darkest part of January. Today is known as ‘Blue Monday’, the third Monday in the month that is popularly known as one of the most depressing days of the year. You may have heard of it: because for the last ten years, it has grown in prominence as a day of awareness for many topics: depression, stress, physical and financial health, etc.

But why today, of all days? Was the Manchester band, New Order, simply ahead of the curve in drawing attention to emotional health when they said in their song, ‘Blue Monday’, “tell me just how I should feel today”?

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The government of Theresa May, after only being in power for a year and a half, is starting to look a bit long in the tooth, and in order to shake things up the Prime Minister shuffled her cabinet earlier this week.

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new_years_meme.jpgAt the close of a year, it’s customary to look back and remember the important moments that have shaped us: the breathtaking highs, the blistering lows, the moments of pure joy and unbearable pain that mark us for times to come. And 2017 brought with it a host of occurrences that stumbled across TQUK’s stage and made themselves heard loud and clear.

Often, retrospection can offer opportunities for sober reflections on one’s actions and how one can be better going forward...

Except not for us!!

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The story of me joining TQUK wasn’t your average ‘applied, interviewed, hired’ situation. I had some inside help from the local postie, otherwise known as my father. He delivered mail to TQUK when they were still in Cadishead and asked if they were hiring anyone. I emailed the head of the Awarding Organisation and was invited in.

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We feel the chestnuts roasting by the open fire and can hear sugarplums dancing in our heads. After we recline back into our armchair, stifle a stuffing-y burp with the scrag of our reindeer jumper, put Die Hard on the television and descend into a turkey-induced oblivion, our thoughts wander the snowy mindscapes of desire. The end of the year is for looking back, and looking forward. As a thoroughly serious and respectable awarding organisation, there are things we wish we could receive on this most festive of occasions that would make both our work and lives that much more successful and productive.

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