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About Talisman

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  • Birthday 06/21/1965

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    Before Night Falls: Reinaldo Arenas
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    leafy Surrey
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    Reading, writing, walking, photography and eating Icelandic chocolate.

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  1. What's Up In April? - 2018

    I love it when things like that happen. We are sitting at home waiting for a new tumble dryer to arrive. Our cooker packed up last night as well so we have to order one of them too, which is coming on Monday.
  2. What's the weather like?

    Hope those affected by the tornado are all okay. We have had beautiful weather today - it was definitely shorts weather and I wore mine with pride at work today. I love my job on days like this as there are so few places that allow you to wear shorts like we all do, and not that many either where you have a lovely garden to spend time in.
  3. What's the weather like?

    It's been a lovely day here, just the sort I like, with temperatures in the mid teens and a nice fresh breeze. Just perfect for sitting out for lunch with my Kindle.
  4. What's Up In April? - 2018

    I walk an average of 3-4 miles each day at work, sometimes more than that if one of us is on holiday or we otherwise have extra work on. It saves me a fortune in not having to go to a gym and outdoor exercise is more fun anyway. That's not a lot of loos for a building that size. I am glad I'm not cleaner there as they would never be able to get in there to clean them in the first place - and by the sound of it they would need it! We have 8 toilets in the building I am based in (4 on each of the 2 floors) for maybe 40 staff and 100 or so clients each day, plus visitors - drivers for the clients (it's a centre for disabled adults), contractors and so on and even that's not always enough.
  5. What's Up In April? - 2018

    I am lucky in that we have really beautiful gardens where I work and because of the nature of my job and the site which is quite spread out, I get to spend a lot of time walking around to the different departments outdoors. I have to walk across the garden every time someone asks me for something (which is multiple times each day) as our housekeeping storage shed is also located in the garden. It's not so good in the winter of course or when it's raining, but when the warmer weather comes it means I can enjoy it even when I am at work. I expect we will be sitting outside for lunch as well by the middle of the week.
  6. What's Up In April? - 2018

    I put my shorts on for the first time this afternoon - Coran went to see a friend so I went out for my own coffee to one of the local garden centres. It really was gorgeous out there and really warm. After I got home I sat out on the doorstep reading for a couple of hours. Tomorrow it's supposed to be chucking down with rain, but temperatures are meant to be as high as 24 or even 25 degrees towards the end the week. I do hope so! When I read that earlier in the week I told all the guys at work I would have to shave my legs which made them all chuckle.
  7. June's Around the World Book Challenge

    I have read some more great books in recent months and managed to get through even more countries. A lot of these had been on my wish list for a while. The Opposite of Hate by Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar for Laos Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry for French Polynesia The Cypriot by Andreas Koumi for Cyprus (a really good read) The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid for Pakistan (very thought provoking) A Question of Power by Bessie Head for Botswana Weep Not, Child by Ngugi wa Thiong'o for Kenya
  8. What's Up In April? - 2018

    I didn't know you had even got that new job Echo - that's brilliant. It's a pain waiting around for news though. Our new CEO who started a month or so ago has been ruffling a few feathers as she is very business like and straight talking - which I personally like. It is definitely what we need, as there are a lot of people where I work who are stuck in their ways and need a hefty kick up the backside. One of the things she wants to address is the lack of recycling (something I actually suggested to her) and to this end I have been charged with sourcing some proper recycling bins for all the offices. I made a few calls today and think I have managed to find what we need so all I have to do now is get it approved and then order them - I have such an exciting life! Its the weekend though - Coran has just gone to get us some fish and chips, so I had better go and wash the plates ....
  9. How many books have you read this year?

    I am currently on book no. 29.
  10. What's Up In April? - 2018

    Yes, good to hear that Penny is getting better. I had a very productive appraisal today and got some good pointers from my own Manager on how to conduct them so am feeling a lot more confident. We have seta few goals for the next few months which are more than achievable. I went to see the dentist on the way home and she was so impressed with how I am looking after my teeth that I don't have to go back until next year. I have also been thinking about where to go for another holiday in October - I find you need to book well ahead to get the best deals, and with such a small team at work as well you have to get your dates booked before anyone else does. I was thinking about 3 different places - Morocco, Crete or Budapest, all very different but have settled on Budapest. Most of the flights to the parts of Morocco and Crete that I was interested in cease at the end of October and because of that the prices are sky high, but I can get a flight to Budapest with BA for £60 as I have loads of Avios saved up, so I have gone ahead and booked a lovely apartment for 5 nights. I will book the flights later on tonight I expect.
  11. What's the weather like?

    Warm (for the time of year), dull and grey. The sun is supposed to be out tomorrow though.
  12. What's Up In April? - 2018

    Yes - maybe. I think the key is just to take time to do it properly and talk to my own Manager on Wednesday when I have my own one. I am sure it isn't as scary as it seems anyway - most things aren't and it isn't as if I don't know the people concerned. I know them all very well in fact and speak to two of them at least every day at work (the other one isn't there every day). I am glad as always though to finish for the weekend. I spent most of the day waiting for a large delivery which still hadn't turned up by the time I left, so I said to the maintenance men who finish an hour later than I do that if it did turn up after I went to chuck it all in the housekeeping shed and let me sort it out on Monday - god knows what I will find then on Monday morning!
  13. What's Up In April? - 2018

    Good luck with the jobs to both of you - and good news re Penny. I am nervous for a different reason - I have my own appraisal next week, and have to do them for all 3 of my own staff as well by the end of the month. I am not nervous about mine, as I know I do a great job, but I am nervous about conducting them as I haven't done them before and haven't had any training. I have printed out all the guidelines to help me so will have to try and have a read in the next few days.
  14. When I look back on my own reading over the last 5 years or so, almost a quarter of the books I read are non fiction. Everyone reads non fiction in some form or another and at some time - who hasn't read at least parts of The Bible, and who never picks up a newspaper? Okay a newspaper is not a book, but it is still non fiction. I have to be honest here and say that to me as a non fiction writer the assertion that what I have written and published is not a book is a tad insulting. I am sure it wasn't meant that way, and it's no doubt for me to look at why I feel that way, but still it's there. Its true that most of the people on here do read and discuss predominantly fiction, and yes these types of books are stories, but non fiction can be too. I have read some great books based on true stories of peoples lives, particularly in war zones and so on that are told as stories and read very much like fiction - Dave Eggers What is the What and Tracey Kidder's Strength in What Remains both spring to mind. These are both brilliant books.
  15. Think and Grow Rich

    Have you looked to see if the author has a website you can download at least a sample from? I don't know how old this book is but I doubt whether it is out of copyright which means that unless it comes direct from the author or publisher (which may be the same thing anyway) any free copy that you do get is likely to be in breach of copyright anyway.