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The Personal Blog Of Steffi Lewis

Steffi Visits, Steff Eats At, Steffi Ponders, Steffi Watches, Steffi Reviews
and a whole lot of other random stuff that fall out of my mind ...

     

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Space: When Did You Last Look Up?

Space is so massive that we can't even comprehend the distances involved in getting from one star to another ...

 

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The Courage To Follow Your Dreams

Are you anything like Felix? Do you have the courage to jump from the corporate world and follow your dreams?

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Fear: False Evidence Appearing Real

We've all felt it. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of death. It stops us from doing things. Sometimes fear is useful ...

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Thank Goodness Not All Germans Were Nazis

On 6th June 1944, the Allied invasion of Europe started. My Granddad was one who faced the full might of Hitler's Third Reich ...

   
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SpaceX And The Amazing Crew Dragon

As a firm supporter of spaceflight, I've been watching SpaceX for a number of years, enthralled at their launches and landings ...

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Steve Jobs: Here's To The Crazy Ones

Apple was always the enemy in my Windows world. Then Steve Jobs started creating magical and revolutionary things ...

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10 Ways To Stop Feeling Overwhelmed And Depressed

When running your own business, it's easy to start feeling overwhelmed and depressed. Working all hours can do that to you ...

   
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The Dangers Of Comfort Zones And Cat Naps

Did you know that your comfort zone is a dangerous place to be? Being in it lulls you into a false sense of security ...

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My Introduction To The Internet

Way back in 1994, I was working for the OU as an IT trainer. I used to teach faculty members how to use Windows and Office ...

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The Law Of Attraction, Manifestation, And Taking Action

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne talks about the Law Of Attraction, manifestation and how you can have everything you want ...

 
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The Procrastination Station

We've all tuned into The Procrastination Station at one time or another. Some of us tune in regularly and never achieve success ...

 

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Remembering The Space Shuttle Programme

We've just had the anniversaries of the Space Shuttle Challenger exploding after launch and its sister Columbia's loss on re-entry ...

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Never Give Up, Never Surrender!

I was watching Galaxy Quest last night. It's a send-up of the original Star Trek and Jason Nesmith has a brilliant catchphrase ...

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Of Alternative Medicines, Misinformation And Fear

I had a terrible time with cancer. I underwent chemo and radiotherapy, but what if I had tried alternative medicine instead?

   
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The Power Of The Sumvision Cyclone Mini PC

After a relaxing weekend, imagine my horror when I turned on my monitors and found my PC wasn't sending video anymore ...

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The Launch Of Microsoft Windows

Windows has evolved into an amazing platform and even its detractors give it credit for a nice design and bulletproof stability ...

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Is The Age Of The Rock Legends Ending?

In the past few weeks, three people who had a great influence on me growing up have died. Lemmy, Bowie and Rickman ...

   
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A Midsummer Night's Dream

It's been a long time since we've had really hot nights in MK. You know the ones, where you can't get to sleep for the insatiable heat ...

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Find A Random Footpath And Just Follow It

I'd waited all week for a sunny day and finally, on Friday, I grabbed my camera, found a footpath and headed into the fields ...

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Technology And The Next Generation

Growing up, I didn't have any technology to distract me. So I would wander around the beautiful countryside I was brought up in ...

 
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Rosetta: So Long And Thanks For All The Science

The Rosetta mission to 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was audacious in the extreme, so let's talk spacey awesomeness ...

 

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Memories Of A Small Black Cat Called Willow

I woke up as usual and wondered where my little girl cat Willow was. Normally, she's the first thing I see when I open my eyes ...

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Oh Look, It's Raining Shakespeare!

Do you see rain as a replenishment of the water table or do you see it as something that brings down your mood?

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Living With The Sumvision Cyclone Mini PC

Needing a new computer recently, I got a Sumvision Cyclone Mini PC. So what's it been like working with this tiny, tiny thing?

   
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This Brief And Fleeting Thing We Call Life

With the passing of Lemmy, Bowie, Rickman and now Sir Terry, I am once again reminded of this brief and fleeting thing we call life ...

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The Art Of The NLP Reframe

From the first day of my NLP Practitioner course late in 2010, I knew it would have a deep and lasting effect on my life ...

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Tim Peake: British Space Hero Ventures Outside

I get excited to see the ISS moving across the United Kingdom. It's more awesome knowing that Tim Peake is up there ...

   
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Cancer: Exactly One Year From Treatment

I've blogged about my cancer journey and now I'm 12 months from treatment, I thought I would look back at what happened ...

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Mars: Curiosity And Our Planetary Neighbour

Mars sits on the horizon as a reddish twinkle on a clear night's sky, fascinating star gazers for thousands of years ...

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Cancer: How To Lose Friends And Stop Influencing People

My fight with cancer scared me. It was the visions of lying in a hospital bed taking my last agonising breath that did it for me ...

 
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Neuro Linguistic Programming Vs Hypnosis

Neuro Linguistic Programming has been a panacea. It's helped me with lifelong issues and expanded my thinking ...

 

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Of Planets, Comets And Amazing Discoveries

It's a time of technology, of scientific advancement and of ambitious space missions, just because we have questions ...

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Cancer: Finding My New Normal

So it's 10 months since my diagnosis. I've been brutalised by Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy, then spent months suffering ...

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Eclipse 2015: Science, Religion And Mystery

I was in awe on Friday when the eclipse darkened the skies. There was an eerie silence and the birds thought night had come ...

   
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Cancer: So The Good News Is ...

Last time I wrote about Cancer, I was five weeks from treatment and not feeling very well. In fact, my whole world fell apart ...

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Cancer: The Last Word

From my diagnosis in June to drinking a latte in Costa coffee on a sunny, December day? There's been a few ups and downs ...

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Cancer: Five Weeks From Treatment

It is amazing to think that my 30-day sojourn to Northampton ended on 24th October and now we're at the end of November ...

   
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Cancer: The End Of Radiotherapy

I've felt so ill after my radiotherapy treatment. My specialist said ''we don't call it radiation poisoning'' but yeah, that's what I had ...

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Cancer: Radiotherapy Is Getting Tough

What happens when your taste buds stop working? Everything tastes like cardboard! Add in a palette of razorblades too ...

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Cancer: Radiotherapy Is Underway

After three rounds of Chemotherapy, I was eager to get Radiotherapy underway. I've now finished my first week of treatment ...

   
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Cancer: Half Way Through Treatment

Let's face it, Chemotherapy is tough. Filling your body full of toxic chemicals in the belief that it'll do you good? That's a paradox ...

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Cancer: A Very Busy Week Ahead

I had a meeting with my Radiotherapy specialist last week. He was a scientist type and knew exactly how he wants to treat me ...

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Cancer: Chemotherapy Cycle 2 Was Far Easier

Last time I posted, I mentioned that if you were reading it during that Monday then I'd be plugged into Chemotherapy ...

   
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Cancer: Yes, Some Days Can Be Awesome

If you're reading this on Monday, I'll be in the Chemo room at Northampton Oncology plugged into large amounts of chemicals ...

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Cancer: The Ups And Downs Of Chemotherapy

I'd read all the pamphlets the Oncology team had given me but I was still unsure of what was going to happen ...

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Cancer: The Biggest Challenge Of My Life

In 2012 had a brain aneurysm that nearly killed me. The surgeons at John Radcliffe Hospital saved my life and I thought that was that ...

   
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Brain Aneurysms: All You Need Is Love

I was reminded the other day that it was the two year anniversary of me being taken into MK General with searing headaches ...

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The Day The House Of Cards Fell

Many years ago, before I'd even started my career, I was at college on the Wirral attending a 2-year computer studies course ...

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Rosetta: Comet Chasing For Over 10-years

Rosetta is so inspiring to me. Chasing down Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for the past 10-years and carrying Philae ...

   
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UK Storms: A Warning From Mother Nature

The British Isles have spent most of this year suffering from one of the worst onslaughts of storms that I have ever witnessed ...

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Ooo'arrrh, Welcome To The Country

Thanks to my parents I now live in a beautiful little oak beamed cottage in a village just outside Milton Keynes ...

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Arriving Somewhere But Not Here

I'm in bed at the John Ratcliffe Hospital in Oxford. I've been here for four days and was in MK General over the Bank Holiday ...