Saturday, 17 March 2007

Gloucester Rugby

Last weekend we sent to stay with family in Gloucester. The main reason for going was that I had a ticket to go and see Gloucester V Leicester at Kingsholm with a group of old friends.
We met up on Saturday night for a few drinks and to catch up. We also managed to visit one of the old haunts that used to serve us when we were still under-age drinkers. It hasn't changed much!!
We met up again late Sunday morning for a Giant Star with cheese and bacon from Burger Star - one of the things I do miss about Gloucester. It is so much better than a McDonalds or Burger King. We then went on to the game. It was a great game.
Gloucester started slowly and had a poor first half with Leicester showing too much power for them. The second half was a completely different story though. Gloucester came out fighting and quickly turned a deficit into a lead. They never looked back. It wasn't easy and Leicester pushed hard, especially at the end, but Gloucester did enough to hold on.
It is a great result for Gloucester and should really see us get into the play offs and challenging for the title. We're all waiting in anticipation for the chance to go to Twickenham to watch the play off final and hopefully see Gloucester lift the trophy.
The shed was at its usual impartial best with some sound advice for both the referee and touchline assistants. I thought it was particularly helpful of someone to suggest the referee put on a white shirt to make it more obvious which team he was playing for!!

Having witnessed a great game with our team victorious we went on to watch the England V France game in a pub near the ground. We were certainly not expecting the same kind of result with France clear favourites to win. I even left at half-time as there was not much going on and I decided I may as well get back to the family and start getting ready for the trip home. I made the sensible (in hindsight) decision to watch the 2nd half at my parent's home before leaving. Another great turnaround. Even more unexpcted in this case.
France were disappointing, but in every sport you can only deal with the competitor you are faced with. England were not great, but they did enough to win reasonably comfortably and give themselves an outside chance of winning the competition overall.

All-in -all a great weekend of rugby and I'm looking forward to seeing how things turn out today. You never know England may just turn it around and walk away with the championship.

Fingers crossed!!


Wednesday, 7 March 2007

MBC Men Go-Karting

The Moordown Baptist Church Men's Group recently had an outing to Matchams G-Karting Centre.
We had a great time.
We had some issues in the build up: price, numbers, safety, etc. Everything went really well though.
Follow the link to read the report (click on title).



Friday, 26 January 2007

Dorset Christian Business Fellowship

Are you based in the Dorset area?
A new group has started for christian business people to meet up.

I was unable to make the first meeting, but i am told it was very well attended and went well. I will make sure I am at the next one.

If this is of interest the contact details are;
Alan Morgan 01202 602495
Julie Leigh

Their information described the group in this way;
Discover what Christianity, the Bible and God have to say about the issues that affect our businesses.
Fellowship with other Chsitian Business Owners or Managers
Discuss how you can run your business in line with your Christian faith

They are planning to hold meetings on the 4th Monday of every month - maybe see you at a future event.



Friday, 19 January 2007

Using the Internet to promote your business, products, services and self

I have put together an e-book introducing this topic for a local networking group I am part of.
It is only an introduction and meant to be a starting point to inspire you to go and find out more and make the most of the resources available - many are free - to promote what you do.

Please let me know how you get on if you decide to go ahead and use any ideas in the e-book.



Friday, 12 January 2007

New Year

It has been a while - Christams and New Year being a time when I tried not to do any work or technology related things. Having 2 children around requiring attention/entertainment/etc made this easier than I expected.
Back at work now. It seems that I am not the only one finding it difficult to get 'back up to speed'. 2nd week back and I am just about working normally again.

It also seems January is a time for many people to look ahead and make plans:
I have been hard at work putting together the marketing plan for Saratoga. If you are interested in technology keep in touch through the Saratoga blog. we have loads of exciting things coming up this year.
I am also taking time to make personal plans. I will endeavour to keep this blog up to date with news and add as many things as possible that may be of interest to you. I am confident the Moordown Baptist Church Mens Group will flourish this year and I am proud to be part of that work. There are other things I want to achieve as well. Watch this space to see how I get on.

I hope you achieve your goals this year.


Electronic business communication - new laws

New rules regarding electronic communications for all Limited companies
Limited companies in the UK must include certain regulatory information on their websites and in their e-mails from 1 January this year or risk breaching the Companies Act 1985. Every company now has to list its registration number, place of registration and registered office address in legible characters on its website. The information must also appear in e-mails and online order forms. This data is already required on business letters but the duty has been extended to websites, order forms and electronic documents by an amendment to the law. Legal news service Out-Law has published a brief guide to the new rules at:
To avoid being caught out, why not create a signature for your outgoing e-mails? This will add the required information to every e-mail without any need for you to remember or do anything.
See my entry on the Saratoga Blog for instructions on how to create an e-mail signature.



Friday, 22 December 2006

Remembering why I am in business

The end of the year is always a time for reflection. I think it is worth remembering why I am in business at this time of year:

God has given each of us gifts to use to the best of our ability – by doing so I glorify His name.
God expects us to work and support ourselves and our families – this is part of His purpose for me.
We need to generate wealth to be able to contribute to the work of the church and charities – to support God’s work on earth.
To provide prosperity and jobs in our community – to share God’s blessings to me.
To conduct business in accordance with God’s will and Word – by doing so I act as a light in the business community and point my contemporaries to God.
To serve God, my colleagues, our customers and our community – we are all called to serve in some way. This is my calling.
To generate value for the shareholders that have invested in the company to allow me to do all of the above.

I hope you are able to have a good rest and may this Christmas be a blessing for you and your families as we remember and celebrate Jesus coming to earth and the purpose of His coming.

Merry Christmas