Introducing your Canadian correspondent…

…i.e. ME! Today (July 30th) I disappear into the clouds for a few hours whilst making my way home to Ontario. But if you thought I would shut up and leave you in peace until early September when I return to the UK, uh, uh. Wrong.Introducing your Canadian correspondent...

Armed with my trusty laptop I will be keeping in touch with everyone and everything, and although I’m supposed to be relaxing and unwinding and all that stuff, you know what I’m like … I’ll be back in here posting and (I hope) sharing useful information about writing as I find it in North America. [Continue reading]

Poetry in (pro)motion – Business Speak immortalised in verse

Here in leafy Milton Keynes, England, we not only have our own Poet Laureate, but also another hugely popular performance poet by the name of Steve Crawford. Steve makes my idea of multi-tasking look like a quiet nap in the sunshine…

To quote his Amazon page he has been a … ” Photographer, Door-to-Door Vacuum Cleaner Salesman, Retail Manager, Computer Programmer, Systems Analyst, Shop Owner, IT Consultant, TV Director, Song Writer, Project Manager, Games Designer, Lead Creative Designer, Wedding Videographer, Project Leader, TV Cameraman, Film Director, Producer, Writer, Musician, Antique Dealer, Craftsman, Businessman… and now Poet.”

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Steve Crawford, performance poet and multi-careerist extraordinaire

What all those amazing activities have done for Steve, apart from earning him a varied and colourful living, is to give him insight into a vast range of business and social environments which have provided him with inspiration for insightful, shrewd, clever and often very funny poems which he performs around the UK at arts festivals and other creative events.

Here is one of them, on the ridiculousness of business jargon … Business Speak, or lovingly nicknamed “BS.” Of course.  [Continue reading]

Travellers’ tips for visiting Australia …

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More funny jokes for travellers ... this time some tips if you're visiting sunny (but possibly chilly this time of year) Australia. Translations in italics and links to full explanations. G'day and enjoy, cobber. 1.The shorter the nickname, the … [Continue reading]

18 business writing tipoffs to keep tucked under your hat

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Here are some business writing tipoffs developed on the basis of professional business writers' skill and experience. Keep them tucked under your hat ready to use the next time you need to write for your business or other organization... … [Continue reading]

Last chance to squeeze into the Referability Boot Camp in Milton Keynes tomorrow

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It's now or never. Today is your last chance to put on your reinforced thinking gear and sign up for our #Referability Boot Camp in Milton Keynes, England, tomorrow morning - July 23rd 2015. LATEST: It was great! We had an excellent, if rather … [Continue reading]

It’s nearly Referability Boot Camp Day in Milton Keynes…

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If you're in the Milton Keynes, England area and can spare a few hard-working hours this Thursday morning, you'll appreciate what you learn at this butt-kicking #Referability Boot Camp at Abbey Hill Golf Centre in MK. … [Continue reading]