The Thrill of a Christmas Lunch!

Posted on December 20, 2012

I have been doing quite a lot of work for one particular client this year, assisting them with not only their recruitment process but also with sales, marketing and sending apology letters to clients who have just paid £1.19 to receive a Christmas card. It has been an enjoyable six months, as the thrill of working somewhere that isn't my kitchen table, is one that only a person who has ran their own business for fifteen years can experience. ...

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Christmas Cards & the Joy Of Not Seeing a Nativity Play

Posted on December 12, 2012

This week has not really been a great one so far, it has featured a seized up knee, another defeat for hapless Reading FC (currently sinking faster than an Italian cruise ship) and a youngest son going through a teenage menopause that is giving him the temperament of a rattlesnake. Just when I didn't think it could get any worse I got a phone call from my eldest sister, Lorna, asking for an unwritten but verbally binding contract stating ...

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It’s Never Too Cold to Snow!

Posted on December 5, 2012

Us Brits have a real fascination with the white stuff that graces our temperate shores for a couple of days a year each winter; Facebook was full of comments this morning saying things like "Snow", "OMG it's Snowing" and "Snowing outside!!!" It appeared to be that everyone temporarily forgot how inane these comments were as the excitement of a pitiful flurry of the white stuff got the better of all rational thinking. It's understandable ...

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Who Wants to be a Sir?

Posted on October 26, 2012

Is it just me imagining things or is the main criterion to become knighted to be a child molester, a police inspector who oversees the death of 96 people, a banker who brings the country to its knees or a businessman who pays his wife a three billion pounds dividend into an account in Monaco? According to Wikipedia “A knight is a person granted an honorary title of knighthood by a monarch or other political leader for service to the ...

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A Roman in East Stratton!

Posted on October 13, 2012

In a bid to break up the tedium of midweek without going to the pub, the other night I meandered down to the East Stratton village hall to listen to a talk on the history of Britain's canals and in particular the Basingstoke canal. Unfortunately the speaker had a heart attack and rather selfishly had to pull out, opting to have a quadruple heart bypass instead; it is extraordinary the lengths people will go to avoid fulfilling their commitments ...

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