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Friday 15 September 2006

One door closes.....

Today is my final day at VATease, although it still doesn't feel like it. I'm sat at my desk and it just doesn't feel like I'm not going to be sat here again. I'm sad to be leaving. It's been...

Monday 28 August 2006


The last month or so has been a difficult one for me. Following a whirlwind interview process but a protracted wait for a formal job offer, I've been offered and accepted a new job as VAT Manager with Dains, an...

Tuesday 13 September 2005

Email Newsletters and Copyright

The company I work for, VATease, distributes a monthly newsletter about VAT issues and developments. We use it as a marketing tool to keep our name and services in the minds of potential clients who may not need to use...

Tuesday 19 April 2005

How to make money at home

It's everybody's dream to be able to make decent money by working from home. There's a thousand websites out there that will tell you they can change your life by showing you how to make money from home. And you...

Wednesday 17 March 2004

VAT changes in Budget 2004

This evening I shall be mostly analysing the VAT implications of changes in Budget 2004 for work and writing a newsletter thereon. Don't expect much else from me today....

Wednesday 25 February 2004

Top Secret

Sometimes, there's stuff I do at work that I'd love to talk about. Things you learn, items of interest. But I cna't 'cus of client confidentiality. Don't you hate it when that happens?...

Sunday 22 February 2004

The scores on the doors

This weekend I've been working on the new version of the VATease website. So far I've only got the front page done. Let me know what you think. I know there are problems with how it looks in non-IE browsers,...

Friday 16 January 2004

How much does a good DJ / disco cost?

Just lately I've had a few hits from search terms such as how much does a "DJ" cost for a disco. Strange, seeing as how I've never written on the subject, until today. So, the answer really is "How long...

Saturday 10 January 2004

Statistically Speaking

I spent most of yesterday learning about statistics, specifically Margins of Error and Confidence Levels, in preparation for representing a client in Tribunal on Tuesday. I needed to produce a document that explained these concepts to someone with no former...

Friday 28 November 2003

Plagiarism is the sincerest flattery

I've been plagiarised! Not just quoted or used as a source of information but outright ripped off, word for word. Checkout the newsletter I wrote for our client's at the beginning of October, particularly these 3 articles. Now check out...

Wednesday 8 October 2003

Big Brother

Work has introduced an "Internet and Email" policy recently, banning personal use except for occasional use during lunchtime. As the biggest user of the internet in our office, I have to wonder whether this is aimed specifically at me. This...

Tuesday 26 August 2003

Big Step

I attended my first VAT Tribunal as a client's representative today. Not a full hearing, just a preliminary one, so no technical arguments. It was quite a big step for me. I also stayed on to observe the full hearing...

Wednesday 13 August 2003

Search Engine Optimisation

Yay me! I'm not quite sure how I acheived it but I've managed to get my employers website to rank #2 on Google for the search term we decided on. The only one that ranks higher is HM Customs &...

Wednesday 9 April 2003

Budget Day

It's Budget Day today. The day that the British Chancellor of the Exchequer announces all the major changes to the countries financial system and makes wildly inaccurate forecasts about how much tax will be raised and spent over the next...

Wednesday 8 January 2003

Day 3

Don't worry, I won't keep this up for long. Yesterday at work was better, if only because my cold is receding. However, I still spent most of the day feeling tired and drained of energy.I hope that this is only...

Tuesday 7 January 2003

Day 2

Already I'm hating getting up in the mornings. But I guess that comes with any job. Day 1 was not the disaster it could have been. The people there are a very nice bunch. Friendly and open they helped me...

Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye!

Yesterday morning, at about this time (06:45) I would have posted the following. Unfortunately Blogger was having a hissy fit and refused to let me post. OK, so I'm not exactly off to war (the title is a quote from...

Tuesday 3 September 2002


”To be successful and happy in your career, it's not enough to be doing the right kind of work in the right sort of industry. You also need to be in the right organizational culture. That's why we developed CultureMatch”....

Out of shape.

This Career Fitness Test is supposed to ”help you assess how good you are at managing your career in a changing world.”. It tells me ”You’re obviously good in certain areas. Think carefully about how you can be more proactive,...

What do I want?

What do I want? As time ticks by and I seem to get no closer to finding a job in my current career (VAT consultant / manager) I have to consider the possibility that I need to pursue a different...

Sunday 14 July 2002

Wish me luck

Got my second interview at the University tomorrow for the VAT Manager job. So I'm off to bed. 11.30pm - Early night for me on recent form. G'night....

Thursday 20 June 2002

Look like shite

Well, the course was pretty depressing, in a trivial "doesn't really matter" type of way. Apparently I'm wearing the wrong colours. Because I'm light skinned and fair haired I should be wearing muted, warm, light colours instead of the strong,...

Tuesday 18 June 2002

Tomorrow I'm off work

Tomorrow I'm off work. I'm going on a course that's supposed to help me find a job. Its about presentation and appearance. Should be good for a laugh. I've gotta go "dressed for an interview" so I've dug out my...

Late again

Ok. The first time in ages that I leave the house on time (7.30) and I get stuck in traffic at some roadworks. Sometimes I wonder if anyone would notice if I just hid under the duvet for an entire...

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