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Can an External Director Assist Small Technology Business

There is a vast difference between an SME and a large company in terms of necessary resource structure and the skills of an external director need to match the needs of the company. An SME has a shallow management structure, normally involving family members and particularly founders or their subsequent…

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What gives happiness?

I am sitting quietly in the garden searching for happiness after the late afternoon exercise with the three dogs that have somehow attached themselves to my irrelevance. I have placed a chair on the stone path from the house to the dog kennel, drawn a 5 litre bottle of cheap…

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Mendelevium and a crater, memorials to Mendeleev

Mendelevium is an unstable element, number 101 on the periodic table. It is named after the Russian scientist Dmitri Mendeleev who is credited with the formulation of the periodic table of elements. February 8 is not just Mardi Gras, it is Mendeleev’s 182nd birthday. The periodic table of Mendeleev was…

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Baron Hutchinson, Truly British to the Core

Jeremy Nicolas Hutchinson, Baron Hutchinson of Lullington, will celebrate completion of 101 years on this planet in about 40 days, God willing. Given his life and causes followed, probably God won’t interfere. In any case, if the life of Jeremy Hutchinson were to be celebrated in his seat of life…

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Herman Branover and LMMHD

It was in Australia, some time in 1987, during the period that I was providing technical consultancy in the energy field to the business interests of Joseph Gutnick, that I met Peter Kalms and was introduced through him to Professor Herman Branover. For those who follow the Chabad Hasidic movement,…

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Placido Domingo - a grand voice in a great man

In Australia, we did not often have the opportunity to listen live to the heroes of the operatic stage. Yes we were blessed with the return of Joan Sutherland later in her career. But, only once did I have the opportunity to hear Placido Domingo live in Australia. It was…

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Winter comes to Lazio for Benediction of Animals

It is already one month into the northern winter and today is the first time we have felt the arctic breeze, yet it is still above freezing and as I gaze out from home below Paliano to Colleferro, Segni and the high hills behind, the colour is still various shades…

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One of our 42 favourite books: “A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams

“42” has become the answer to every question since Adam’s great book of highways, whales and journalists was granted to us. Whether you listened to Adams denials of any logic to his selection, or subscribe to the mathematical improbabilities of base 13 or the computational beauty of binary numbers, most…

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Moiseikin Jewellery – Journey Beyond Luxury

I was introduced to Viktor Moiseikin at his stand at the Dubai International Jewellery Exhibition. I firstly met his Director International Development, Teruko Okamoto, a charming and expert Japanese lady, whom I asked where Moiseikin was from – Ekaterinburg – ‘Yekaterinburg!’ I expressed surprise: ‘In the middle of Russia!’ (actually…

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Sirin: From Mythological Beauty to Bejewelled Magnificence

Those of us who love elegant luxury and who seek the ultimate in artistic creations, live in a world filled with the creatures of mythology, a world where ultimate beauty combines the best of the elements of nature to create magical powers. Our lives include the search for these unique…

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