Dale Bilson
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Dale Bilson's words have appeared inThe Times and Men's Health. Based near Birmingham, UK, his interests range from family and education to green tea and travel. He tweets at @dalebilson.

Marketer, blogger, amateur author and occasional gym-goer.

Currently working in marketing at a red brick university in the Midlands, Dale tweets, reads, runs, and forces himself to drink green tea. He dreams of a career as a writer, retreating to his writing hut each morning with a mug of coffee. But in reality he’d probably just stay in bed.

Twitter: @dalebilson

Blog: soggyroundtheedges.tumblr.com

Entries by Dale Bilson

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(4) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 6:00 AM

I had many discussions with my Grandad, on a huge variety of topics. We usually disagreed. I will always respect, love and admire him. I hope he felt the same about me. But on many things we didn't agree.

Largely that's because of the work he did in providing...

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Take a Sickie - But Not When Channel 4 Says So

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 7:55 AM

Last week I came down with a sickness bug. Without going in to too much detail, I felt like a small but very persistent gremlin had crawled into my stomach, decided to bail out its contents, and then begun to climb back out again. Quite clearly, I couldn't go in...

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Anatomy of a Twitterstorm

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 6:16 AM

A funny thing happened to me over Christmas. After over 16,000 attempts, suddenly I tweeted something that went viral. At the last count it had received 1,231 retweets, and at midnight on Christmas Eve, I was trending 11th in the United Kingdom. Bizarrely, that put me above 'Rudolf', 'Christmassy' and...

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Clearing Could Be the Making of You

(6) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 7:00 PM

A Level results day should have been the most stressful of my life.

Predicted AAA, I had achieved just ABC. My dreams of studying History at Manchester, swanning off with at least two As and a B in my back pocket, were shattered. I had the UCAS Tariff points...

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It Could Be You... But What if it Isn't?

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 10:03 AM

Sitting on the train, contemplating how to spend my Euro Millions winnings ahead of 2013's biggest jackpot of £157m this week, my usual pre-draw euphoria was replaced by an unfamiliar and frightening realisation: that not only my dream purchases, but even some things I take for granted, could be at...

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The Pressure of Happiness

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 6:37 AM

On the face of it, Louise Thompson, structured-reality television personality and underwear model, and Dr Anthony Seldon, noted academic and Headmaster of Wellington College, probably don't have an awful lot in common.

But they do share one thing: a fixation with 'happiness'.

Seldon, a man I admire professionally...

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Twitter Does Not Make Twits - It Just Shows Them Up

(3) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 7:00 PM

I love Twitter. I love the sense of community, the open discussions, its fundamental honesty, and its capacity for change. I love the way it brings people together, and keeps old friends in touch. I love its simplicity, and I love the way the 140-character limit irritates everyone except the...

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A Picture of 'Health'

(21) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 7:00 PM

In the past few weeks I've come across several articles in national newspapers highlighting the terrible plight of female models. Striving to maintain their size zero frames to fit the demands of casting directors and designers, who demand ever skinnier models, it seems many are even resorting to tissue paper...

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Valentine's - Christmas for Card Shops (and couples)

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 9:42 AM

I once bought my dear dad a Father's Day card. He laughed, called me a silly sod, and asked how much money I'd wasted on it. My answer, £4.50, was apparently so hilarious he almost choked on his bacon. Fair to say 'death by bacon' wasn't the present I had...

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Withheld Number, Withheld Responsibility

(4) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 6:16 AM

In recent times it has become fashionable to highlight the issue of online trolls - cowardly geeks, hiding behind anonymous twitter, facebook or blogging accounts - whose hurtful words cause distress to whoever they decide, often at random, to target.

Ranging from random abuse of celebrities to...

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Tonight's News is all About...the News

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 11:59 AM

One of my favourite subjects is myself. This will come as no surprise to any of my friends. And it shouldn't come as much of a surprise to you, either. If one of your favourite topics isn't yourself, too, then you have never looked in the mirror, never bought a...

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Postgraduate Learnings for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Great Britain

(7) Comments | Posted November 4, 2012 | 6:00 PM

Last week the newly-formed Higher Education Commission brought us some rather startling news. It seems that in the European Champions League of Postgraduate Education, Britain's poor conversion of undergraduates into postgraduates puts us alongside Andorra and Kazakhstan - the smallest nation in Europe, and a country made famous by Sacha...

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'Punch the Yellowist: Performance Art'

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2012 | 10:19 AM

There are only about three paintings on this planet that I am able to say that I 'like', but last week Vladimir Umanets, the Yellowist, decided that one of them wasn't quite good enough. So he decided to improve it, with the addition of some half-legible scribbling in one of...

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Education: The Endangered Export

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 1:36 PM

That 13 year-old girl from Abu Dhabi? Think of her as a Range Rover Evoque.

Bear with me here...

Clearly I'm not an economics expert. I couldn't even pretend to be one, for fear of my bank manager finding out and expressing his mirth in the comments below.

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Make the Most of it, Kids

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 9:15 AM

Sixteen years old, pressing snooze for the thousandth time and blocking out the hammering on my door, I dreaded the day ahead.

A day of unrelenting anguish, explaining why I hadn't done my homework, embarrassing music lessons, Organic Chemistry and fitness training. A day of avoiding my girlfriend (I'd...

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Independent Schools' Gold Medal for National Service

(1) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 7:54 AM

At Beijing four years ago, half of Team GB's medallists were privately educated. Now, with such an intense focus on the British team in London, it hasn't escaped peoples' notice that many of our proud, brave Olympic medallists are also well spoken and very probably privately educated.

The situation is...

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