These posts got nice traffic and even some comments (more on Facebook and Twitter than here). It seemed like people liked and could relate to a lot of what I was saying.
Given my new life a a parent (sweet fancy Moses), these seem relevant again, so I thought I'd share.
There's an unpublished ninth part which I imagine I'll update and post at some point. Let's face facts, my view of what's important has changed considerably in a year's time!