Heather pens guide to having it all

A mum from Flitwick has written a book for high flyers with advice on how to keep a successful work life balance.   Heather Townsend, who trains and mentors business professionals for a living as well as bringing up her two children, co-wrote How To make Partner And Still Have A Life with organisational and leadership development professional Jo Larbie. The book is designed to help people get the most from their careers, without sacrificing their private goals. Heather said: “For professionals working in practice such as solicitors or accountants the holy-grail is to make partner, with it’s financial rewards and levels of responsibility.” She added: “But in the fiercely competitive corporate world, “How do I make partner?” Is a question asked by many who feel unable to reach the top of their company tree without huge sacrifices to their personal life.” This is Heather’s second book, and as well as living in Flitwick for ten years she has penned the Financial Times Guide To Business Networking and worked with over 100 partners and coached, trained and mentored more than 1,000 professionals across the world. She said: “My background is actually an engineering degree from Oxford, and the last time I wrote an essay was at school for my GCSE. So I’m not quite sure how I decided I was equipped to write 60k words.”     Original Source: http://www.bedfordtoday.co.uk/news/local/heather-pens-guide-to-having-it-all-1-4627022...

Edward Gillespie search team to carry on after body find

Volunteers looking for a missing Bedfordshire man have pledged to carry on with their search, after finding the remains of another man on Thursday. Edward Gillespie, 38, from Luton, was last seen early on Saturday at the Roydon Marina Hotel near Roydon Mill in Essex after a Christmas party. Six of his friends found a body, thought to be Gwyn Morris, 88, in Feildes Weir Lock, Hoddesdon. Mr Morris went missing from a care home in Stanstead Abbotts on 6 December. Another team of volunteers had spent the day looking for the elderly man, after his family appealed for the public’s help. The body has not yet been formally identified. ‘Trying to help’ One of the group which found the body, Matthew McGrath, 37, who has known Mr Gillespie since they were 11-year-old pupils at Icknield High School, said he had been searching for his friend nearly every day since he was reported missing. “We are just going to keep looking,” he said. A Facebook page has been set up to help co-ordinate the volunteer search and Mr McGrath said: “Eddie has got a lot of good friends and so many are trying to help.” He said six of them spent Thursday walking along the river, putting posters in pubs and talking to people along the way when he and friend Chris Bartlett spotted a body in the water. Gwyn Morris was described by police as as “extremely vulnerable” “We thought we saw someone head down in the water, but it looked like a car seat,” he said. “We called everyone else who managed to turn it over with...

Quiz fan heads down under after a £5k win

Two sisters have been reunited for Christmas after one of them won £5,000 on ITV quiz show The Chase. Helen Armitage, 66, appeared on the hit show earlier this month, and is now enjoying three weeks in the sun in Australia with her sister, who she has not seen for five years. Helen, of Bedford Street, Ampthill, used her winnings from the show to fly to Australia to spend the festive season with her sibling Anne Foster, her husband, two children and four grandchildren, Speaking from Australia Helen said: “I’m having an amazing time over here, it is so lovely to see my sister again after all this time, and that is obviously all thanks to The Chase. “I used to come over a bit more regularly, but once I retired I struggled to afford the air fare, so it’s been five years since I’ve seen Anne. “I haven’t even seen the show yet, because I was actually mid-air when it was broadcast. They told me ten days before what date it was going out, I asked them to move it back, but they said they couldn’t.” Helen, a self-confessed quiz fan, was a contestant on the show on December 7 where she beat three other contestants she was battling against to win the final jackpot. The show, which is hosted by Bradley Walsh, sees four contestants answering general knowledge questions throughout the show, and playing their tactics right in order to get themselves into the final Chase, where they could win a cash pot worth thousands of pounds. But standing in their way is their common enemy, the...

Luton’s Edward Gillespie missing after Christmas party in Essex

A 38-year-old man has gone missing following a company’s Christmas party at a hotel in Essex. Police began a search for Edward Gillespie on Sunday night. He was last seen in the early hours of Saturday at the Roydon Marina Hotel, Roydon Mill. When he failed to return to his home in Rosslyn Crescent, Luton, worried relatives reported him missing. Mr Gillespie’s car was found at the hotel and a police marine unit and specialist search teams were called in. The search is concentrating on the nearby River Stort, the riverbanks, the hotel and grounds. Chief Insp Nick Lee said: “We are extremely concerned for Mr Gillespie’s welfare. “He had been attending a company party at the hotel and was due to stay overnight before checking out on Saturday morning. “His car and belongings are still at the hotel but there is no sign of Mr Gillespie. “We want to hear from anyone who might have seen him, possibly walking around outside the hotel in the early hours of Saturday.” Original Source http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-20836107   Edward Gillespie, 38, went missing from a company Christmas party at a hotel in...

Deport Morgan, demands US petition

A petition calling for TV host Piers Morgan to be deported from the US following his outspoken comments on gun control has attracted more than 31,000 signatures. The CNN host provoked the fury of gun rights activists when he interviewed Gun Owners of America executive director Larry Pratt, in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, and said to him: “You’re an unbelievably stupid man, aren’t you? “You have absolutely no coherent argument. You don’t actually give a damn about the gun murder rate in America.” Following the interview, a petition was posted on the White House website claiming that Morgan, 47, “is engaged in a hostile attack against the US Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment”. More than 31,600 people have signed the petition, which hit the 25,000-signature threshold to get a White House response. Morgan joked on Twitter: “If I do get deported from America for wanting fewer gun murders, are there any other countries that will have me?”   Original Source...