School Trips Abroad

Oh right. So a nervous breakdown is imminent then? That ‘invisible umbilical’ doesn’t stretch far before the pain kicks in does it? 😉
Graham Wendes

Last week, I wasn’t batting an eyelid at the impending trip but, the night before, all my maternal instincts are starting to kick in.

Have I helped him to pack enough underpants/shorts/plasters? Did I emphasise not going off on his own enough? Will he be able to keep his traveller’s cheques safe? Have I forgotten to put something vital in his suitcase?

It’s not the first time my son has gone away on a trip abroad and you’d think I’d be used to it by now.

As a Mum, I don’t think you ever stop worrying about your sproglets, particularly when they are travelling to foreign climes and could be at the mercy of every pickpocket and swindler.

Perhaps I didn’t worry quite so much when he went to Australia because he was younger and, therefore, had to stay in a group with an adult. Once they’re over 14, they’re allowed to go off in their own small groups and, being full of testosterone, high jinks will ensue at some point.

I keep having to remind myself that I, too, was once young and irresponsible… and I survived.

Fingers crossed, my own offspring will make it too.

Have a great time! x

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Southend Choir

It’s been a frantic couple of days getting my son ready for his big trip to California.

He’s been with Southend Boys Choir for a few years now. In addition to performing both vocally and on his instruments at some fabulous venues like the Royal Albert Hall and St Martin’s In The Fields, every year Roger Humphrey and Rosemary Pennington take both the Boys and Girls Choirs overseas for a series of concerts, combined with sightseeing.

His first visit was to Germany and, since then, he has been to Australia – getting the opportunity to play a violin solo at Sydney Opera House – and Paris.

This year, the Choirs will be visiting Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco, performing concerts with local choirs and taking in Alcatraz and everything else that the West Coast has to offer.

If you would like your child to benefit from some amazing experiences, both musical and cultural, visit Southend Choirs

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Social Media is not a fad, it’s a fundamental shift in the way we communicate.

Social Media has overtaken PORNOGRAPHY as the No1 activity on the Web.

I hope this video explains the power of this new method of personal business interaction.

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Tai Chi World Record in Essex and Kent

Really looking forward to this Sunday.

I’ve been studying Tai Chi for about nine months now and have just got to grips with the basic form for Yang Family’s Grasped Sparrow’s Tail.

Now I have to add in all the extra layers.

As a long-term student of martial arts, more specifically, Karate, I have found Tai Chi to be extremely educational. Somehow my teacher, David Puncher, managed to encapsulate everything that my Karate instructors had been saying for the past few years into language that I could understand.

I’m not saying that I’m any good at it (I’m not!) but, with all my injuries, I am still able to do some training and, at the same time, get to grips with so many theories which had eluded me in the past.

It definitely helps that my whole posture has changed in the year since I began doing yoga every day and I think one of the reasons I couldn’t understand so much of my Karate training was because my body was misaligned and there were several crucial neural connections missing.

Anyway, when I heard that Gavin and Steve at Shikon were putting together a morning of Tai Chi to run simultaneously in both Essex and Kent on the morning of Sunday 25th July, I jumped at the chance to participate. The idea is to hold the world’s largest tai chi class. The event is open to everyone, whether you’re a beginner or have been studying for years and the proceeds will go towards the cancer charity, Breakthrough.

I would love to see some of you there 🙂

"tai chi Essex"

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What Does Google Like?

Content, Content, Content!!!!

If you want your site to rank well with Google, unique, well-written, keyword-rich content is King.

This is your on-site search engine optimisation.  Looking at all your pages and ensuring that you have done everything to attract Google’s attention.

However, too much information in an unstructured environment is going to confuse your readers.  So, you have to find a template for your website that will please your readers and still appeal to Google.

These days, the concensus is that Google loves unique content on a WordPress site.

But the Big G also likes links… but not too many too quickly.  Which means that you have to take things slowly and work with appropriate sites.  You need to make it look as if your site is building relationships like a human would.  There are all sorts of automated tools out there which will give you hundreds of links within a couple of hours.  And it may work for ranking in the short term but this will flag up your site pretty quickly as being ‘not quite right’.  So, you need to strike the right balance.

In the past, SEO experts have relied solely on these two.  However, in June 2010 Google changed its algorithm and, in the last week or so, the buzz has been all about Caffeine, its new web indexing system which provides  results for web searches that are 50 percent fresher than their previous index.

And a third requirement has been added in to the equation when you try to work out the answer to what does Google like.

So many of the super-duper, whistles and bells, singing and dancing websites that you see are static.  I know what you’re thinking:  Yes, they do move.  All those flashing elements, designed to get your attention are for your benefit, they do nothing for Google.

What Google wants to see is activity.  A site that is continually changing with fresh, new content and useful information. But it also wants human visitors.  Physical manifestations of interested traffic.

You can have the most beautiful, expensive and sophisticated website but, if no one knows that it’s there, was it really worth the money?

These are the Holy Trinity of Ranking – Content, Links and Activity.

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