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Mark Stephens is a hypnotherapist, Timeline Therapy trainer and Internationally Accredited Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), as well as an expert in ju-jitsu, tai-chi and Qi Gong. In 1990 Mark was diagnosed with lymphoma and given a possible six months to live. Sixteen years later with a clean bill of health Mark is dedicated to bringing the public and business sector the latest strategies and skills to allow individuals to reach their goals. Mark's Think Slim program was created by combining the best of Hypnotherapy, Timeline Therapy and NLP with some good old-fashioned motivational tips and commonsense. Mark runs Think Slim seminars, produces a Think Slim regular newsletter, and is also a corporate trainer in motivation and sales.
If you have tried all kinds of diets and forms of exercise, to lose weight, and nothing works then maybe this is the book for you. This book concentrates more on your state of mind towards yourself and your attitude to food and exercise and through self-hypnosis Mark Stephens gives you the tools to finally change your thought processes to embrace a healthier lifestyle.
The last two decades have seen a marked growth in comparative research within the field of housing studies. This reflects the increasing globalisation of housing finance and therefore the interconnectedness of housing markets, growing interest among researchers and policy makers in learning from developments in other countries and the availability of more funding and better comparative data to support their endeavours. Concurrently, comparative housing research has become more sophisticated, as research training has improved, the number of journals publishing this research has increased and researchers have become what one might call more `methodologically aware'. However, despite these developments, there is no single volume book that deals with the distinct challenges that arise from comparative housing research, compared to other fields of comparative policy analysis. These challenges relate to spatial fixity of housing, its dual role as a consumption and investment good, and as the wobbly pillar of the welfare state, which is delivered using a complex mix of government and market supports. This volume reflects on the significant methodological strides made in the comparative housing research field during this period. The book also considers the considerable challenges that remain if comparative housing research is to match the methodological and theoretical sophistication evident in other comparative social science fields and maps a route for this journey. This book was published as a special issue of the International Journal of Housing Policy.
Social rented housing in Britain is undergoing radical reform - often inspired by European experiences. This timely report provides a comparative analysis of the social rented sector in seven European countries. Combined with analysis of labour market and social security systems, it challenges the assumptions behind the British reform agenda. Social market or safety net?: analyses the ownership, allocation, pricing and financing of the social rented sector in seven European countries; presents the first comparative data on the social composition of the main tenures; highlights the comparative poverty of tenants of social rented housing in the UK compared with their European counterparts; links housing to social security systems; provides a critique of the current reform agenda in the UK