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  • I have been travelling extensively in the UK and US since 17 July, hence no updates since the beginning of July, and nothing to add now, other than to say I had a wonderful time:)
    Posted: Monday 1 September 2014
  • I have been having discussions with various colleagues about the risk assessment I offer, and all agree the methodology is probably unique to New Zealand. When I return from my UK and USA visit I plan to revamp the advertising for the service to emphasise this.
    Posted: Wednesday 2 July 2014
  • Despite targeting what we thought would be our most likely audience (the over 60s) sales have been poor, and it is unlikely the 2015 tour will now go ahead, unless bookings pick up dramatically. MAybe everyone is going to the UK later next year for the World Cup?!
    Posted: Monday 2 June 2014
  • This week saw the launch of the project and it is good to get "back to my roots" ie troubleshooting and assessing the way forward.
    I have also been approached about risk assessment, and plan to put together more information on how I do such assessments, so watch this space.
    Posted: Sunday 4 May 2014
  • I have recently been awarded a contract to undertake a review of a public sector body which will probably be full time for the next few months, so I am unlikely to be able to take on any other work until September.However, please still contact me if you would like me to help you and we can work something out,provided your need is not too urgent.
    Posted: Wednesday 2 April 2014
  • This past month has seen me grabbing as many networking opportunities as possible. This has brought some interest in risk assessment and proofreading
    assignments.
    Posted: Monday 3 March 2014
  • I have recently been accepted by the Insolvency and Trustee Service as a supervisor for people filing an SIO (Summary Instalment Order.) I have my first client and am finding it challenging but stimulating.

    Proofreading work is still hard to come by - everyone needs it but no-one wants to pay for it:)
    Posted: Tuesday 4 February 2014
  • I have just been enjoying the lovely weather this month, getting nice and brown while getting the vege garden in order.

    Work has mainly been financially based.

    Silly season over now and so I am hoping to get back into the swing of things doing more proofreading and writing. But work proofreading is thin on the ground at the moment:(
    Posted: Monday 6 January 2014
  • Actually I've done a lot of travelling since the last news. Had a week in Melaka, Malaysia; my first visit to the country, hopefully won't be the last. Then over to Melbourne for the Ring Cycle. Out of this world.

    But I am now doing more writing too. Am now doing a monthly blog for Eldernet, plus a monthly blurb for Alzheimers Kapiti Blokes Group.

    Am also starting to get my head round the changes coming in for accounting for not-for-profit entities. So lots of variety still:)
    Posted: Monday 9 December 2013
  • This month I have been writing articles for a variety of Websites, as well as posting answers to a wide range of questions, such as "how do I do a screen save?" and " Is Kate Moss pregnant?"

    When not doing that I have been producing a PowerPoint presentation of the UK tour and am now looking for groups who would like to hear it:)
    Posted: Monday 4 November 2013
  • I spent the day on a stall at the above with the Managing Director of tourwithusnow and a previous client on the "Leisurely Tour of the UK." There was much interest in the upcoming tours, plus some requests to start doing tours in New Zealand too, so watch this space. ElderNet is going to put a link on its page to www.tourwithusnow.co.nz and also invited me to do a semi-regular blog for its own Website.
    Posted: Tuesday 1 October 2013
  • 18 months since last post - memo to self - must do better:(
    Have been busy surviving earthquakes and a move to North Island, plus trips to the UK and China, amongst others.
    Workload was quite heavy, mainly doing policy reviews and writing operational manuals.
    Have had a quiet few weeks letting myself settle in - now onwards and upwards:)
    Posted: Monday 9 September 2013
  • Can't believe I have posted no news since July.
    Anyway, my email was hacked, so I have reduced the information on the "Contact us" page just in case the lowlife tries to steal my identity. Information is with the police who are hopeful - we know one of the gang is in Madrid - fingers crossed we nail them and spare others from the wasted time I have suffered.
    Posted: Friday 20 January 2012
  • Christchurch Red Zone 17 July 2011
    Today I took a helicopter flight over the CBD. Whilst surprised so many tall buildings are still standing I was deeply saddened by the empty spaces, the piles of rubble, the lack of people and vehicles. Kia kaha Christchurch.
    More photos on Paris/Rome page
    Posted: Sunday 17 July 2011
  • Saturday and Sunday spent soaking up more Rome culture. On Saturday all went to go round the Vatican, except me. Lots of police and helicopters near the hotel - went to see why and found Pope conducting mass at local Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore!! Forgot my camera:((
    Posted: Monday 13 June 2011
  • Easy flight on Thursday to Rome which was hot and busy. Friday we did the bus tour and marvelled at the number and variety of really old stuff. Having fun crossing the roads-only on a crossing and no hesitation allowed- and the vehicles keep coming even when you are half way across!!
    Posted: Saturday 11 June 2011
  • Did the other two "Hop on Hop off" routes, plus visited Notre Dame. So Paris well and truly visited. lovely meal on night, including tarte tatin to die for.
    A and B to Frankfurt
    Posted: Thursday 9 June 2011
  • We used the "Hop on Hop off bus" all day, starting on the yellow route in Montmartre, getting off at Eglise Madeleine for lunch, then joining the green route to the Eiffel Tower, where we got off and did a boat cruise down the Seine under 22 bridges. Then completed the green and yellow routes to eventually get to the hotel for 6, having been in the Champs Elysee at rush hour:)Alan and Barbara are in Amsterdam.
    Posted: Wednesday 8 June 2011
  • Early start to fly to Paris. Very wet in London, just dull in Paris. Traffic horrendous, journey to hotel interesting:)) Saw Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. In evening joined Paris cafe society plus visited Sacre Couer - mind blowing. Plus the view of Paris was unbeatable.
    Posted: Tuesday 7 June 2011
  • But it was a good one, driving through the Sussex and Hampshire countryside, visiting Chichester and Winchester on the way to our hotel near Heathrow. Tomorrow we split into two parties, all heading to Europe - so keep watching this space:)
    Posted: Monday 6 June 2011
  • Portsmouth has much to offer everyone. Up the Spinnaker Tower. Hovercraft to Isle of Wight. Ferry to Gosport. History. Boats. Shops. Then farewell meal in Brasserie Blanc. Yet another good day.
    Posted: Sunday 5 June 2011

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