May 1, 2015

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Performance Appraisals and References – some ideas on what to write

Stuck for what to write on your employee’s personal appraisal form? Short of ideas on what to write on that reference you were asked for? Here’s a few ideas (with apologies if you happen to have been the recipient of one of these comments!). “Since my last report, this employee has reached rock bottom and […]

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February 17, 2015

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Quotes Taken From Performance Appraisals

Some ideas for your next employee performance appraisal: “Since my last report, this employee has reached rock bottom and has started to dig.” “I would not allow this employee to breed.” “This employee is really not much of a has-been, but more of a definite won’t be.” “Works well when under constant supervision and cornered […]

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February 5, 2015

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Misleading Notices

I guess we’ve all seen them – notices that have used some form of strangled English to convey their message. Some funny, some weird, and some that defy logic. Here’s a selection: In a Bangkok temple: “IT IS FORBIDDEN TO ENTER A WOMAN, EVEN A FOREIGNER, IF DRESSED AS A MAN.” Cocktail lounge, Norway: “LADIES […]

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January 29, 2015

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A Teacher’s Nightmare

This is  true story! A class of primary children started a class project to make a plant pot to take home. The teacher wanted to have a plant in it that was easy to take care of, so it was decided to use cactus plants. The children were given greenware pottery in the style of […]

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January 25, 2015

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Caribbean Cruise Jan-Feb 2015

Yes, we’re off on our travels again, mainly in the hope of missing the worst of the UK winter, but I know that’s not guaranteed, given we’ve had snow as late as April these past couple of years. This time it’s the Caribbean, and though we’ve been there a few times before, it never loses […]

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November 12, 2014

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Far East Cruise Nov-Dec 2014

So, we’re off on our travels again, this time a mix of cruise and fly. This is also a first for us in that we have temporarily abandoned the Cruise & Maritime small cruise ships (720 passengers or less) and have booked on the Sapphire Princess, part of the Princess Cruise line, with a complement […]

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October 27, 2014

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The Ship: A Eulogy

My mother-in-law (Jean Mary Ramadhar) sadly passed away on August 15th 2104. It wasn’t entirely unexpected since her health had been gradually deteriorating as a result of a fall two years ago, where she broke her hip. This seemed to exacerbate long-running degenerative problems with her heart, and her final weeks were spent in and […]

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October 7, 2014

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Letter to Mr Cameron

I received the following via one of those viral/chain emails, that encourage you to forward to several people at the risk of having the Wrath of Kane (or some other curse) upon you if you break the chain. I’m not one for propagating viral emails, so I guess I’m due to reap the consequences! However, […]

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August 23, 2014

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Could we live without polices, rules and regulations?

We live in an increasingly complex world, where our every thought and decision is in some way bounded by protocols, policies, rules and regulations. After all, these have been developed by knowledgable committees and elected representatives, who have the benefit of experience and precedent, lessons learnt and best practice applied, to ensure that the rest […]

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May 7, 2014

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Broome, 28th February 2014

Day 32 of our cruise and we’ve arrived at Broome. This is our last stop before we arrive back at our starting point – Fremantle, and a journey of 9,040 nautical miles. We arrived at Broome at 10am, after an overnight sail from Komodo. Broome is a pearling and tourist town in the Kimberley region […]

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