Well its good to be back, thanks for all your greetings, it warms the cockles of my heart.
How is everybody weathering the recession?. After a relatively large contract came to an end in Germany last October i have barely stepped foot outside of Ireland, with the exception of a Christmas chilling out in India. I ACTUALLY NOW HAVE A LIFE! I even do things like go to the gym three times a week. So if you are ever in Donegal Town and you meet a tall good looking blonde haired guy...its not me.
I have also nearly finished restoring my house and i am in the middle of planning a new building. Its great ot be able to pop down to the pub mid week or after work, and actually start to get to know people and share in their life. Even sitting in front of the fire midweek reading a newspaper is a luxury.
I am also trying to switch the focus of my Consulting company towards training, reasoning that there are more funds available for training than there are consulting in this part of the world. I am really and truly sick to the back teeth with excessive travelling. However, Ireland being Ireland, its an awful lot about who you know and it takes time...Much of my work is likely to be semi-state related, and i dont know if you have ever worked with small parochial government bodies but they are a bit of a challenge.
Although this is truly a small island (population 4 Million) there are some amazing opportunities for government funding, there is an absolute myriad group of funding bodies with budgets approved until 2006, but the down turn has left them without to many companies to invest in. I am currently making a funding application that would allow me to take a group of companies through some form of business development process. We will have to see how this pans out.
To be fair i have only really been making an effort for the last 3-4 months. Having said that, at the end of the year i might just have to get on a plane again....after all, the novelty of dosing sheep every Sunday can start to wear a bit thin.
So to summarise, Quality of Life up, Quality of Bank Account down
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