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Sun 30-Mar-14
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Danny
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Thanks, Simon. She will be pleased to know that you asked after her.

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Sun 30-Mar-14
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Please give Fiona my best wishes.  Good to hear your news too.

Sun 30-Mar-14
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Hi Danny, good to hear from you, and also for giving us an update on both of you.

Best wishes to you ....  big_hug  ok

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Sun 30-Mar-14
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Thanks for the update on both of you, Danny, pass our best wishes on to Fiona, please.  And don't be such a stranger on here!

learning to love veg…..except celery :-O

Sun 30-Mar-14
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Nice to hear from you again Danny, sorry to hear about the jobs falling through, after all the efforts you put in on them. Give Fiona my best wishes when you next speak.

 Are we having fun yet? I am!

Sun 30-Mar-14
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wave Hi Danny.  So good to hear from you and to hear that Fiona is well.  Please give her my love and I am so glad she got the dogs.  I bet they are just such good company!  Hugs to you both!  big_hug

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What everyone else says! big_hug

I'll try that again!

Mon 31-Mar-14
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Yes, lovely to hear from you, hope something turns up soon, love to Fiona big_hug

Sun 27-Apr-14
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Crikey, it’s hard to believe that a month has almost gone by since I posted an update. It’s scary how fast time zips by isn’t it?

Fiona is doing well and is finally selling off her classic clothes of 30 years ago! It will free up space and augment her toys income. Dogs have settled in. I was in London recently and stayed over with her for a night and met them.

My freelance writing is building up nicely and also bringing in some potentially useful contacts. My current task is writing copy for a website for a company that supply crowdtesting. I had never heard of that before now. It’s where a big company like, say, eBay, release an app for smartphones and tablets and the like. Nowadays there is such a multitude of devices out there onto which the app might be downloaded that it’s nigh on impossible for eBay to test the app on every single one.

So a crowdtesting company recruits people like you and me all over the world, with varying degrees of technical knowledge, lets them loose to download the app and pound it as much as possible to identify the defects before it is released to the public. Testers are mainly paid for each bug they find, which ranges for $2 to $25 depending on the project and the severity of the bug.

There may be an opening for a manager for these testers, which I could do with my eyes shut. One step at a time. So far, I have made new acquaintances and some friends in Delhi, Lahore, Croatia, Romania, Washington DC as well as London. One lady in London for whom I do some back office admin stuff is launching a business online and wants me to pitch in with my experience and expertise. That is quite exciting.

The jobs scene has dried up on me. Being a year out of work plus ageism all works against me. So I am on the point of making a conscious decision to more or less do a career change and forget about a conventional job in my old field. I will probably wait until the end of May and see how my freelance writing work holds up.

I have cut back completely on my voluntary hours at CRUK. Now I am just on standby when they need cover. It suits both parties well. My health regime kicks in tomorrow (again) haha.

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Sun 27-Apr-14
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Good to here from you Danny, looks like you have already made the career change with the creative writing etc. so good luck with that.

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Ooh, well done Danny......freelance writing, that always used to appeal to me.  I did a creative writing correspondence course some years back with the hopeful idea of becoming a famous author big_laugh.  But then reality kicked in and i had to stay with my boring job as a secretary at the building society.....necessary as i had a staff cheap rate mortgage with them ponder

I hope it all pans out for you.....it's so not fair that ageism still exists, what about all that experience gained?  And the fact that older people are generally more reliable than young ones?

learning to love veg…..except celery :-O

Sun 27-Apr-14
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wave  I totally agree with you Sue, but in this modern society it does not seem to count any more!!         Glad you are enjoying the writing and the freelance work Danny.  It seems it may be your future and perhaps the online work and being a tester ( even manager!! ) will develop further. You never know what jobs are out there till you have to really find them, but they seem to be there!!   Great to hear that Fiona is well and the dogs have settled too.  

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Sun 27-Apr-14
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Thanks, Hannah, Sue and Danuta. You guys are always so supportive and encouraging. Maybe we should market this forum as Crowdsupport and reach out to desperate souls across the globe. O r maybe not. The Samaritans have cornered that market already big_laugh

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Lovely to hear from you Danny, and to hear how your life is going,you will never weary, as they say, you always have something on the go.  Hope you get a lucrative job soon. Some Firms do prefer older people, they are more reliable, and consciencious.  I knew I could not spell that word, but went ahead, anyway! Good Luck!.wave

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Good to hear from you and to know Fiona is doing well.  Can only reiterate what has been said above.  Good luck!

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