Facts or alternative facts – What’s the difference?

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Trump drama continues – facts or alternative facts

There’s a new phrase being banded around at the moment – ‘alternative facts’. For those of you watching the very entertaining (although slightly worrying) Trump drama, you will know what I’m talking about. For those of you who don’t, here’s a quick summary.

Trump’s inauguration watched, attended, tweeted by millions across the globe turned into a ‘my dad is bigger than your dad’ competition. Trump’s party, delighted by their leader creating such a never seen before spectacle were rather disappointed when the press started to compare other Presidents’ first inaugurations. The picture the media painted was very different to what Sean Spicer (White house press secretary) had boasted.

The Trumptons, (as I will now name them, a children’s television programme back in the 60’s with many similarities namely, idiotic behaviour and interesting hairstyles!) then fought back with Kellyanne Conway (counsellor to Mr Trump) stating that Sean Spicer had given ‘alternative facts’ to the numbers attending.

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Just change one thing this January.

We always start January the same way. There is the list of New Year’s resolutions, going back to school and work, focusing on our diet and exercise regime (or lack of) and the need to change our lives.

Change one thing
Change one thing

So why do we always want to change things in January?

January is the most popular month for employees to think about changing their jobs. (HR Magazine) In a survey conducted by Indeed (the biggest job site in the world) 50% are considering another job. The reasons they give are salary, challenge and commute. January is also a time when a lot of us consider changing our diets and our lifestyle to become healthier. More gym memberships are started in January than any other month. We also start the year by promising ourselves that this year will be different. We will be different. More patient with our kids, more understanding with our partners and parents, more caring in the community, a better listener for our friends. We will spend more quality time at home with our families. But then February happens and before you know it you are half way through the year and nothing has changed. Not really.

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