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Quality of Life

Quality of Life

Call it the general well-being of an individual. Quality of life is a barometer of the mind How much do you enjoy each day? Do you have a reason to get up in the mornings? Do you look forward to tomorrow or do you wonder how you are going to get through these moments? My […]

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Dacorum Dragon’s Den, Talking Point Dec 2012

Dacorum Dragon’s Den, Talking Point Dec 2012

In August, Dacorum Borough Council ran a ‘Dragons’ Den’ competition where new small local companies were invited to pitch their business ideas to a panel of dragons in the hope of winning one of eight cash grants of £1,000 each. The competition attracted 31 entries. Each entry was carefully considered and 12 companies were put […]

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Sticky chicken thighs with lemon and honey

Sticky chicken thighs with lemon and honey

This is originally a Nigel Slater recipe that I have adapted I happened to find a jar of preserved lemons in a cupboard (as one does) and wanted to find to recipe so I could use a few of them. This dish is unbelievably easy to cook, but then all Nigel Slater recipes are very […]

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Video Dragon’s Den, the presentation

Video Dragon’s Den, the presentation

  The Dragons, Mike Penning MP, Chris Taylor from Dacorum Borough Council, Andy Cook from FFEI and Maree Atkinson from FSB A video was made in mid September of the Dragon’s Den contestants receiving their official notification. The MP Mike Penning presented each of the winners with a certificate. Meeting the other people who had also […]

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Video Dragon’s Den, after the pitch

Video Dragon’s Den, after the pitch

A video was made of the Dragon’s Den contestants after we had made our pitch. Yes I was a bit nervous Click here to see the video. Its only a couple of minutes long and I only get about 10 seconds. See if you can spot me? Dacorum Council invested money into website Yes I […]

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Dragons Den Competition

Dragons Den Competition

I was told that Dacorum, my county council, were going to be running a Dragon’s Den competition. The council was looking to promote small local businesses. Successful entrants  would receive a prize of £ 1,000. The closing date would be the end of August. Two people I know and respect said I would be stupid […]

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A big moan

A big moan

If you are travelling by train from London Euston to Berkhamsted you must go down about 14 steps and then walk down a steep slope to get out of the station. The line runs at roof-top height. A big moan I am disabled and must use my mobility scooter (a Travelscoot) because I cannot walk.  […]

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Pork Escalope

Pork Escalope

Fred Pork Escalope in breadcrumbs.. I always associate this dish with summer holidays in the Swiss Alps A thin piece of meat, it must be thin with no fat, dipped in egg then breadcrumbs and fried until the breadcrumbs are toasted. Serve with chips and a good wedge of lemon, it always comes with French […]

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The Meerkat Approach

The Meerkat Approach

I’m sure you know this is a picture of a meerkat,  – it’s that cheeky looking creature that lives in the South African deserts. It stands up on its hind legs and keeps a very careful eye on its surroundings. A group of meerkats is known as a clan or a mob. They are very […]

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Apricot and Pistachio Nut Stuffing

Apricot and Pistachio Nut Stuffing

On Sunday I cooked a half shoulder of lamb for four of us, this was the Sunday roast. It was a very big half so it must have been a big lamb but that is another story. Anyway the shoulder was in the oven at 180C for 3 hours. I cannot carve a shoulder of […]

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A Big Decision

A Big Decision

Its February 2012, the wife and I now realize I can no longer do any more computer consultancy work. It is full time or not at all in the work I do So that door has closed Does this mean retirement? Yes to computer consultancy, now I can put all my energy and time into […]

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