This week’s focus: No doubt you have seen this week’s confirmation that aarchaeologists have discovered the body of Richard III underneath a Leicester car park. It is certainly a victory for the scientists and their painstaking, forensic work. But it is an even bigger victory for Philipa Langley, a screenwriter from Scotland and the secretary of Scotland’s Richard III Society. It was Philipa’s passion and drive that raised the possibility that the body could actually be found and it was her relentless determination that led directly to the scientific work.

Philipa’s story proves, once again, that with belief, focus and perseverance, almost anything is possible. So, if you’re wanting help to get an idea off the ground, the first place you should look is in the mirror.

Off The Record: I Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty (Lynne and Petty)

Well I know what’s right, I got just one life

In a world that keeps on pushing me around

But I’ll stand my ground and I won’t back down

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