Kym Hamer

5 lessons from climbing a mountain

Two weeks ago I climbed Mount Snowdon to raise funds for a local school. At 1,085m it's the highest mountain in England and Wales. It's also one of the hardest things I've ever done. I'd never climbed a mountain before but I was 50...

The original ideas man

This is the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, housed in the old Stock Exchange building in the shadow of Storkyrkan‘s baroque steeple. It is right in the heart of the old town – Gamla Stan – and looks out over the cobbles of Stortorget just...

A question of culture: assimilate or die?

Time to look at culture from an employee’s point of view A couple of years ago, I attended a evening of talks at China Exchange, a charity based in London’s Chinatown whose mission it is to create ways of exploring Chinese culture and China’s influence...

A moving tribute

In 2014 888,246 hand-made ceramic poppies were planted in the moat surrounding the Tower of London to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Britain’s involvement in World War I. A collaboration between British theatre designer Tom Piper and Derby-based ceramic artist Paul Cummins, the poppies were...

Experience is in the little things

A few years ago, I spent a week in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates, near the tip of the Arabian peninsula overlooking the Persian Gulf and is a little under 8 hours flight time away from London. As...

Having reservations

Recently I went out to see a show with some friends of mine and we followed this up with drinks and dinner. We had a great time. The show was witty, topical and a lot of fun and with a few drinks under...

My beef with boards

I am a burger lover from way back. Not the global-fast-food-chain type of burger but full, messy fish-and-chip-shop burgers. Long sun-kissed days on the beaches of my childhood and adolescence in Australia – Bribie Island and Caloundra just north of Brisbane; Mills, Seaford and Point...

Are customers the key to happy ever after?

Finland, it seems, is the happiest place on earth. Yes, the Finns have topped the charts this year in the UN’s latest World Happiness Report ahead of Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland. But look a little further down the list and you’ll see the United…

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