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  • Web Consultancy | Writing, life and other animals
    business related missives there rather than here from now on This will remain as always a personal blog that I ll use to post all sorts of whimsical bits and pieces that cross my mind and of course the occasional bout of spleen venting when the Irish system gets even more frustrating than usual The business blog will have a much more practical focus with hints tips and suggestions on how to make your web content work harder for your business I m also experimenting with a pre pay Web Content Audit service and pre pay Web Content Consultancy packages The idea is to help small to medium businesses to fine tune their web content and keep control of their costs by pre purchasing the advice and help they need eliminating the spectre of looming invoices when cash flow is tight Of course it also means I get to spend more of my time helping my clients rather than chasing payments I think it s a system that could work well for all concerned I guess time will tell whether it will catch on or not Posted by Calvin at 12 14 Tagged with seo copywriting web consultancy web content

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  • Working from home with kids – Career Moves | Writing, life and other animals
    new Career Moves blog where you ll find lots of other great career jobs and recruitment related content from the Evening Echo Career Moves section and also stuff written exclusively for the blog Check it out share it with your friends and don t forget to let me know what you think via the comments Be Sociable Share Tweet Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Related Posted by Calvin at 15 37 Tagged with career moves Careers evening echo Parenting working from home Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your Comment You may use these HTML tags and attributes a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em i q cite s strike strong Name required E mail required URI Notify me of follow up comments by email Notify me of new posts by email It s got to be the Toyota IQ maybe Hey Minister leave our kids alone Subscribe to feed Get posts in your favourite feed reader Now blogging about Ireland s Wildlife and Nature Read Calvin s writing on Ireland

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  • Economy | Writing, life and other animals
    but for my money if you ll pardon the pun such funds should surely go towards equipment facilities and resources over and above those demanded by the standard national curriculum Schools should be adequately funded by Government to cover all of the basics When parents have to raise money to subsidise things like the school s heating bill there s something seriously wrong with the system Nobody questions the need to cut Government spending in the wake of the economic downturn but the approach the Government has taken speaks volumes about the character of those we choose to lead us When the going got tough they chose to target the most vulnerable in society the very old and the very young or to put it another way those least likely to fight back Of course they underestimated the backlash they seem to underestimate most things with the notable exception of their own competence to govern The irony here is that health and education are probably two of the last places a Government should look to reduce funding the first is vital to maintaining a healthy and productive workforce today a workforce that will help our beleaguered economy push through the recession the second is the foundation stone on which all future prosperity will be built Now Mr O Keefe perhaps you can explain to parents teachers and most of all to children how undermining the stability of that foundation could possibly be considered a good idea Posted by Calvin at 4 22 Tagged with Batt O Keeffe Education Politics recession School Recession recession recession Economy Evening Echo Column Politics Rant Writing 1 Response Oct 08 2008 Image via Wikipedia Image via Wikipedia I m already sick of hearing about Ireland s headlong nose dive into recession Between that and calamity in the world s financial markets the doom mongers out there are having a field day Life as we know it is about to end apparently Except of course that it probably isn t Nowhere near it in fact I ll stick my neck out here and make a shocking prediction life for the vast majority of people in Ireland will carry on pretty much the same as before through this recession and out the other side Macro economic cycles come and go and on one level yes they can change things pretty dramatically But the fundamentals of life tend to stay pretty constant The challenges we face as a family with young children in Ireland today are strangely enough much the same challenges as we faced when the Celtic Tiger was in full roar Recession or boom families still have to juggle children manage a household cope with demanding jobs make the mortgage payments put three square meals a day on the table cover childcare costs that are the most exorbitant in Europe and a lot more besides There s always too much to do and too little time What s changed Okay if you re a person who

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  • Career Moves | Writing, life and other animals
    written exclusively for the blog Check it out share it with your friends and don t forget to let me know what you think via the comments Posted by Calvin at 15 37 Tagged with career moves Careers evening echo Parenting working from home Get your career moving Blog Career Moves Column Careers Writing 1 Response Jun 17 2009 A while back I agreed to write four weeks worth of content for a new Evening Echo section on careers and recruitment Dubbed Career Moves this new section would run on a Monday and would focus on jobs employment education training and career development Two and a half years later and Career Moves is still going strong and I m still penning the content A while back I figured that it would probably be a good idea to take all of the careers related content I ve amassed for Career Moves and publish it online making it accessible and searchable for a much wider audience But I ve been busy with other things haven t we all so it s taken me a while to get around to it Finally I ve started to populate the all new Career Moves blog with content I ll be augmenting the stuff I ve written for the paper with other bits and pieces too so be sure to subscribe to the Career Moves RSS feed or visit the site and sign up for e mail updates in the sidebar The Career Moves blog is very much in its infancy and is a work in progress that I ll be developing and evolving as time allows so by all means let me have your feedback via the comments system on the site Posted by Calvin at 17 44 Tagged with Blog career moves Careers evening

    Original URL path: http://blog.cjwriting.com/tag/career-moves/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Careers | Writing, life and other animals
    written exclusively for the blog Check it out share it with your friends and don t forget to let me know what you think via the comments Posted by Calvin at 15 37 Tagged with career moves Careers evening echo Parenting working from home Get your career moving Blog Career Moves Column Careers Writing 1 Response Jun 17 2009 A while back I agreed to write four weeks worth of content for a new Evening Echo section on careers and recruitment Dubbed Career Moves this new section would run on a Monday and would focus on jobs employment education training and career development Two and a half years later and Career Moves is still going strong and I m still penning the content A while back I figured that it would probably be a good idea to take all of the careers related content I ve amassed for Career Moves and publish it online making it accessible and searchable for a much wider audience But I ve been busy with other things haven t we all so it s taken me a while to get around to it Finally I ve started to populate the all new Career Moves blog with content I ll be augmenting the stuff I ve written for the paper with other bits and pieces too so be sure to subscribe to the Career Moves RSS feed or visit the site and sign up for e mail updates in the sidebar The Career Moves blog is very much in its infancy and is a work in progress that I ll be developing and evolving as time allows so by all means let me have your feedback via the comments system on the site Posted by Calvin at 17 44 Tagged with Blog career moves Careers evening

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  • Evening Echo | Writing, life and other animals
    everyone this year It s hard to justify buying local when you can get stocking fillers like books CDs and the like delivered to your door sometimes for less than half the price of buying them in your local shop and without any of the hassle Where local shops can compete in terms of value or even come close then I ll certainly choose to support them but when there are massive savings to be made online I m sorry but charity very definitely begins at home One thing we ll certainly be shopping for locally this Christmas is food You simply can t beat seasonal locally produced locally sold produce While it may be a bit more expensive in terms of freshness quality and value it s generally much better bet than mass produced supermarket fare and at the end of the day it tastes much better While CDs and books gadgets and gizmos are the same wherever you buy them from food is always better when bought as close as possible to the source Buying local simply makes sense But I m digressing back to that bad habit Christmas has of creeping up on you Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 23 24 Tagged with Christmas evening echo Ice skating fingers blades and other worries Children Evening Echo Column Events family Parenting Reviews No Responses Dec 09 2009 It s official I still have all of my extremities I know this because I ve counted them Two arms two legs eight fingers two thumbs and ten toes Three weeks ago it had seemed like such a good idea My wife was browsing the Cork on Ice website and asked if I d be up for going ice skating with the gang Sitting at home in a warm living room saying yes had been easy Now the day had arrived though I was feeling a bit less assertive Me blades and a large expanse of cold wet slippery stuff not a good combination I ve been ice skating maybe three times in my life The first was as a child when we were taken to a huge Ice rink in North Wales on a school trip As with most unpleasant experiences my mind has obscured most of the details All I remember is clinging white knuckled to the edge of the rink making my way inch by painful inch around the perimeter In my mind s eye all I could see was images of bloody skate blades and severed fingers From the moment I stepped onto the ice I remember praying for the experience to end The next time was a friend s birthday party When I found out we were going ice skating it was all that my parents could do to convince me to go This time I was a little braver and actually let go of the side Big mistake I spent more time spread eagled on the ice than I did actually skating Cold wet and miserable I vowed never to set foot on an ice rink again Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 11 37 Tagged with 2009 Christmas Cork evening echo family ice skating Parenting Halloween in West Cork a real scary goat story Animals Children Evening Echo Column family Weird West Cork Writing No Responses Nov 10 2009 Image by turtlemom4bacon via Flickr Halloween is supposed to be scary Goblins ghouls and horrible little monsters looking for trick or treat goodies come with the territory Goats not so much But let s rewind a little We d been out to tackle the spooky Halloween Trail at Lisselan Estate just outside Clonakilty The girls had a great time tearing around the gardens solving solving the riddles on their age tailored clue sheets It was a fiver each for the children to take part in the Halloween Trail which included a lucky dip prize and a trick or treat goody bag each on completion For once things were as they should be refreshingly Lisselan had opted not to charge anything for the accompanying adults Why is it that so many places insist on charging top whack for parents to get in to what are patently child orientated attractions The attractions usually have zero appeal for adults and if all you re there for is to keep an eye on the kids who have paid for their tickets then I don t really see why you should have to pay for the privilege Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 13 26 Tagged with evening echo goat halloween Lisselan Estate West Cork Innovative but not all innocent Children Digital Marketing Evening Echo Column family Internet Marketing Parenting 2 Responses Nov 02 2009 The girls love making up stories and writing them down They re forever scribbling in notebooks on bits of paper on the backs of envelopes anywhere they can really There are poems short stories even full length children s picture books complete with accompanying illustrations scattered all over the house One of the twins has even set a career goal to become a writer and illustrator of children s books when she grows up While it might be a bit early for that I have to admit that some of the stories they come up with are surprisingly good as long as you re prepared to gloss over the spelling and grammar errors endemic to an eight year old s writing They re entertaining have a good balance of dialogue and narrative compelling characters and even a workable plot It s fantastic to see the girls ready to engage with and explore written language at this age but I guess making up stories is an intrinsic part of childhood and writing those stories down is simply a natural progression of that For the last week or so they ve been putting their love of stories to good use on the web in an online competition being run by smoothie maker Innocent The company has

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  • Parenting | Writing, life and other animals
    that some of the stories they come up with are surprisingly good as long as you re prepared to gloss over the spelling and grammar errors endemic to an eight year old s writing They re entertaining have a good balance of dialogue and narrative compelling characters and even a workable plot It s fantastic to see the girls ready to engage with and explore written language at this age but I guess making up stories is an intrinsic part of childhood and writing those stories down is simply a natural progression of that For the last week or so they ve been putting their love of stories to good use on the web in an online competition being run by smoothie maker Innocent The company has taken the classic paper and pencil game consequences and adapted it for kids to play online Traditionally the game involves writing a sentence on a piece of paper and passing it on to the next person They then read it and fold the paper over hiding the original sentence before writing their own and so on until the conclusion of the story The web version Innocent has come up with is much simpler and all the more ingenious for that Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 18 40 Tagged with Children evening echo Marketing online marketing Parenting Writing Guster s last stand Animals Children Evening Echo Column Food Parenting West Cork Wildlife Writing No Responses Sep 24 2009 Guster the wood pigeon was dead There were no two ways about it this was an ex pigeon a pigeon that had ceased to be The girls were sad especially the little one In the twenty minutes or so since they d met and named Guster they d grown quite attached to him When we found him Guster was in pretty bad shape He was flapping about in the shallows of an inlet just off the path at Rineen Woods near Unionhall He d been attacked by a predator probably a fox and had feathers missing from his back and shoulders to reveal bare skin and some nasty looking puncture wounds Floundering helplessly in the water struggling to keep his head above the surface he was a forlorn sight I sized up the situation as the girls pleaded with me to save him Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 13 32 Tagged with Animals Parenting West Cork Wildlife wildlife rescue woodpigeon Back to school back to normality sort of Children Evening Echo Column family Parenting School 2 Responses Sep 07 2009 Image via Wikipedia Column for 02 09 09 I woke up early Outside the rain which has been such a prominent part of this summer pounded on the window and I decided that another five minutes under the duvet wouldn t hurt When I finally surfaced the weather hadn t improved resigned to the fact I plodded down to the kitchen for my compulsory caffeine fix before putting the girls school lunches together The

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  • Working From Home | Writing, life and other animals
    from home with kids Career Moves Blog Business Career Moves Column Children Economy Evening Echo Column Internet Parenting social media No Responses Jul 16 2009 Image by gin soak via Flickr Because this week s column about working from home with children was career related I ve posted it over on the new Career Moves blog where you ll find lots of other great career jobs and recruitment related content from the Evening Echo Career Moves section and also stuff written exclusively for the blog Check it out share it with your friends and don t forget to let me know what you think via the comments Posted by Calvin at 15 37 Tagged with career moves Careers evening echo Parenting working from home Subscribe to feed Get posts in your favourite feed reader Now blogging about Ireland s Wildlife and Nature Read Calvin s writing on Ireland s leading Wildlife and Nature blog Ireland s Wildlife on Facebook Recent Posts Empire it s finally out there Ireland s Wildlife sails past 4 000 likes on Facebook Web content help limited time offer Web Content Review Here comes the rain again West Cork Summer Unlimited Professional WordPress Themes for one

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