My nine-year-old son is not remotely an academic genius -- but he's a comedic one. But one thing he does not think is funny -- and he absolutely won't stand for -- is genuine unkindness in the guise of humour.
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Somewhere along the road, business has become burdened with a gravitas that borders on funereal. Taking ourselves too seriously is a modern workplace pandemic. So, it's time for some tough love: we are all contributing to making work... GULP... boring.
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A strict adherence to the truth can get boring. Like my dad, I have facts I stick to with our daughters. My wife rolls her eyes, but I will forever keep aloft the torch that declares warts come from touching toads.
With Christmas comes tradition. There's the all-important decoration of the Christmas tree, the singing of carols, the exchanging of presents... and the Christmas cracker. Typically the cracker will...