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Skills for Life

Skills for Life! I am used to that phrase in the context of  personal development and employability skills.  Today though I had a taster in the skills needed to save someone's life. Truly skills for life!
We went up to Chorley to meet up with Gold Wing friends for the monthly meeting which today, was given over to a first-aid course run by a paramedic - Steve - from the North West Ambulance Service. He was joined by two Community Responders who are sometimes able to be the first on the scene and do something before the ambulance can get through traffic etc.
Steve used a DVD made by the British Heart Foundation to explain about how to respond, CPR, heart attacks, serious bleeding etc. There was lots of laughter as there was a lot of interaction. Especially when some of us couldn't get down on the floor -or get up again once down! It was really serious stuff though and well worth a morning spent 'in class'.
Of course 'Annie' was there for practising on. The reall…

Another eventful week.

After the excitement and preparations for the Spring Synergy the previous week, last week kicked off in usual frantic fashion (amidst all the calm which surrounds our humble abode).
Monday was WiRE North Wales networking meeting (Women in Rural Enterprise) at the wonderful Gladstone Library in Hawarden. It is important to get out of the confines of home and connect when you are a lone worker.
Tuesday was P.O. Day. That is - Power Off Day as there was planned maintenance shut-down by electricity board.
 'A day out,' announced hubby. So off we went to our favourite Betws-y-Coed in the Snowdonia National Park, nestling in the shadow of mountains on either side with the river running down the middle. Well actually two rivers - I never knew that until Tuesday when I looked at the information board. Usually when we had stopped there with the Gold Wing we had just strolled around the craft shops area and grabbed a cuppa before drooling over bikes and Winging off again. This time we were…

Reflections on the Spring Synergy Event at Crewe Hall.

The rain held off; the drawing room with its intricate plastered and moulded ceiling, carvings, and wonderful views from the second floor, was filled to bursting with an eclectic mix of exhibitors.
In the centre we had a flower arranging demonstration. Chrisoula had Jacqui make individual buttonholes for us all from yellow roses - my favourite colour. Talks  and workshops were held in three different rooms on the first floor.  To round off the day we had a sneak-peek at the fantastic and elaborate table settings and flower arrangements for the wedding reception in the Long Gallery. The bride was, as always, beautiful and guests were treated to a display of Irish Dancing in the Hall of Pillars on the ground floor. (We saw that as we left.) We met some wonderful people and made new friends and connections. They say that a picture speaks a thousand words so I will let them do just that! Photos courtesy ofChrisoula Sirigou -  ExploramaEU

And finally . . . Just Us Two:Ned and Rosie's Gold W…
Some time ago, I contributed to a debate - Writing in the Digital Age - on how embracing the digital age and reaching a wide readership has involved mastering lots of new tools and techniques.
"Technology and the use of Information & Communication Technology (ICT) in learning have come a long way since my research in 1999. Twelve years on and I am writing and publishing books and yes, I am negotiating the exciting avenues of resources available in this digital age in which we live, while many are nervous of even Twitter or Facebook. So, where do I stand? How have I embraced the use of these exciting platforms to reach a wide readership? Writing is hard. Making your voice heard is harder still, requiring an enthusiasm to explore any avenue open to you. Progressing from handwritten manuals in 1981 to typing on a simple Casio Writer in 1993 while working in a sales environment, I became the proud and excited owner of a computer in 1996. The world was now my oyster with the tools a…