Identity Fraud – Part 2

Internet security

Always vigilant in securely disposing of paperwork displaying personal information and with two security software systems on my computer, having my identity stolen and my emails hacked wasn’t something I was unduly concerned about but I should have been. In Part 1, I wrote about the iPhone scam.  All Orange users, take comfort in being more secure than most.  Their Fraud Dept wrote asking me to contact them.  They’re on the ball, their systems being triggered by multiple applications from my address that an ‘impersonator’ might be at […] Read more »

Identity Fraud – Part 1

Yellow ID theft

Who’s playing you today?  Ever wondered? Identity theft – words bandied about all the time and probably filed in the mental folder, “It Won’t Happen To Me”.   But it did and many months later I’m still living with its piercing impact on my life.  And it’s affecting the whole family, even minors. The following facts may surprise you:     In the UK, identity fraud in itself is not a crime, although profiting from it is. An annual figure of £1.3 billion pa is the minimum quantifiable cost to […] Read more »

Consternation At Crufts


It’s all happening around here at the moment.  The Cheltenham Racing Festival’s on just seven miles down the road and, last weekend, it was Crufts at the NEC, a short drive up the M5.   Much as I adore the dogs, it’s an amazing event for we ‘people watching’ enthusiasts.  They say owners become like their dogs and we shared many a titter as the theory was proven over and over again. As interested observers rather than breed specific contestants, watching the judging was highly entertaining.  Happening upon […] Read more »

Spiritual Unfoldment

This afternoon I was standing in the kitchen preparing a lasagne as many thoughts came tumbling into my mind, and I suddenly remembered some words I was compelled to write down one afternoon in 1996.  It was a free afternoon, the first for some time, as Daughter was at school and Son was having his first session at nursery.   Why this should come to mind as I grated cheese, enjoying the odd morsel myself and passing titbits to Alf (pleased […] Read more »

Chicken Curry In Snowdonia


It’s been a revolving door sort of weekend, starting very early on Friday morning when Son departed for school geology field trip to Snowdonia.  Cakes to “augment lunches” were required, the instructions stated.  Thinking my butterfly cupcakes wouldn’t do for a mini-bus load of 18-yr old boys, I suggest tray bakes.  Once I would have baked them myself but no more; there’s been a mutiny in the kitchen.  S dropped into supermarket on way home from Muay Thai on Thursday evening to buy some, along with ‘necessities’.  Alf (dog) […] Read more »

The 5 Best Things About Working for Myself


Judith Morgan and Marion Ryan have been extremely creative and industrious during February, simultaneously launching and facilitating their Better Bloggers Pilot Scheme and a cracking new superblog, Entrepreneur Soul.  It’s been a virtual pleasure meeting my fellow bloggers in the Pilot,  enjoying their humour and learning from their writing styles and expertise.  As our swan song in February’s finale, we’re invited to share our 5 best things about being self-employed which, in and of itself, has been illuminating for me […] Read more »

NatWest Nonsense Continues…


Yesterday, I felt rather concussed, having had two more sessions with NatWest in the morning, following on from Wednesday’s when I actually felt I was making progress.  If you’re feeling strong enough, allow me a little therapy as I share the continuing saga with you.  As a recap, I’m selling my business and wish for two partners to retire and two new partners to be substituted – rocket science, it isn’t. Further to Tuesday’s saga, John reported a complaint on my behalf which, in […] Read more »