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Jake Sharman has been at 3 events

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Isabelle Fortin25,032Hello again !!Last year, some of us ladies wanted to show our support for   #movember  and as we cannot grow Moustaches, we thought maybe we can post our pictures with fake ones  The success of the event was so phenomenal it's time to do it all over again  ! thank you so much for all your photos and messages.This event will be open for the month so please stop by anytime & don't be shy to post your pics,I have created a donation page called "Ladies Of Movember" you can find it here : mosista.co/isabellefortinPlease don't be shy to post encouraging messages to those affected by cancer. thank you all so much ❤ Lastly, #fckcancer   !Ladies Of Movember ... Part 2 !2013-11-01 05:00:00261 
Artists In The Plus1,808,978+Artists In The Plus is proud to bring you a very special "Concerts In The Plus!' with Guitar Legend +Preston Reed.(Banner Photo By +Ralf Hebauf )+Preston Reed has virtually reinvented how the acoustic guitar is played. Reed practices a flamboyant self-invented style, characterized by percussive techniques and simultaneous rhythm and melody lines that dance and ricochet around each other, giving his music a level of excitement that is unparalleled among today's guitarists.Playing an array of guitars from acoustic to electric to classical Reed's vast range of explosively original music will forever change your expectation of a guitarist.First-time listeners find it impossible to believe that they're hearing just the one musician, in real time. Reed attacks the entire instrument in a never-ending search for the orchestra he knows is lurking inside. At full tilt, his fingers, thumbs, fists and hands at once suggest a drummer, keyboardist, bassist and several guitarists at work.The most impressive thing about Reed's technique, though, is that it doesn't draw attention to itself. His compositions are far from abstract virtuosic displays; even without lyrics he creates vivid, engrossing scenes. Sometimes the effect is almost onomatopoetic. Reed generates visual stimuli with every tweak of his instrument, thus augmenting his wordless compositions with an aura of the poetic. Each tune is a story in itself with a potent, cinematic atmosphere and an almost tangible thread of communication between Preston Reed and the listener.Reed's entry into this guitar odyssey was inauspicious enough, his path thereafter largely self-discovered. A few chords learned from his guitar playing father, a brief, very brief, flirtation with the ukulele, clandestine practice sessions of his favourite Beatles and Stones songs on dad's guitar .... and then a too-strict classical guitar teacher led to premature retirement.At 16, however, Reed heard Jefferson Airplane's rootsy blues offshoot, Hot Tuna. His interest was rekindled big time. Acoustic guitar heroes John Fahey and Leo Kottke were studied, their styles absorbed but not imitated, and at this point things really begin to get interesting because, at 17, Reed, by now precociously proficient, played his first live gig, supporting beat poet Allen Ginsberg at the Smithsonian Institute.Just getting on a train from his native Armonk in New York State to Washington was a cool adventure. And it was just the first of many, not least of which was the one which resulted from his signing his first deal with a major record company, MCA, through the auspices of his friend, country singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett.Determined to make the most of this opportunity, Reed pushed himself to go beyond the standard fingerpicking styles he'd perfected. The result was the beginnings of Reeds startlingly innovative style, with its percus"Concerts In The Plus!" Preston Reed2013-05-26 21:00:0071 
Trever McGhee71,662Please accept my apologies if your one of the few that got hit by a bug in their system!This is my first event and for some reason Google notified some people 20 times and for some their system was planning on doing that within their calendars for the next 5 years...every single day...20 times a day...how it did or why it would set peoples calendars up to be notified 20 times a day...I don't know.Hopefully they've got it corrected, if not please let me know.I know I wanted to help peoples wishes come true but not in that way,The goal of this event my Birthday is give you as many of my Birthday Wishes as you require...why because you deserve it.My wish is here is to connect you to the thoughts/ the energy of thousands of people around the world all making a Birthday Wish for themselves from the heart... to you.I like to Imagine the energy from all those making a wish and the energy coming from the ones that come true(the smiles..the laughter..the tears...the overflowing of pure joy) being connected to you to power your own wish to come true.Thanks to some theories about Quantum Physics there's no space between you or me or them...topped with the fact they tell us energy is never destroyed, it's gotta go somewhere as each new person joins in, so why not to you to empower your wish to come true sooner rather than later.Imagine being connected to thousands....millions of others all making wishes...all hoping that your wish comes true for it will help empower their wish.They've documented several cases of where positive thoughts have made a difference, so why not around someones birthday who can then share it with everyone whose connected to that person...so me for this event.It's never been done before, so why not now....be part of it. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain as we go day by day, year by year building this community of wish granters.Now think of an image that represents your wish and then take2seconds to think of that image at least once a day until it comes true.Have fun with it, there's no right or wrong way when you come from the heart.Please let us know as each wish comes true...yes each wish...there's no law that says you're only granted one wish...you deserve everyone of them when they come from the heart..when that wish fills you with the passion for life...*****UPDATE at first I was focused on getting as many people as possible for this so that everyone had more energy but now after reading your comments..hearing your passion for life...the numbers have gone completely out the window for each one of you have brought your own unique energy to the equation that's priceless....THANK YOUIn my world Birthday wishes can be made everyday of the year because it's a celebration everyday that your here to share this with.So today I Celebrate being 44 aUpdate to fix Google Bug for "It's My Birthday and my wish is for your wishes to come true!!"2012-08-17 12:00:00205 

Jake Sharman has been shared in 168 public circles

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Allan watson7,797Grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done. If you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#News #BusinessNews #TechNews #Aviation #Flight #Flights #Passengers #Airport #Travel #KLM #Aircraft #AirTravel #Airbus #Flying #AvGeek #Boeing #Chicago #Safety #AmericanAirlines #Canceled #SharedCircles   #weeklyreview #sharedcircle     #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle2014-09-27 12:27:02303273140
Becky Collins15,950Dance Related Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-09-02 05:00:4347130935
Greg Strandberg942Sci-Fi and Fantasy Readers CircleWant to connect with #fantasyauthor  and #scifiauthor  ?This #circleshare  has those folks and chances are you'll get some interesting things in your feed. #circlesharing   #googleshare   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #fantasywriters   #sciencefictionfantasy   #scifi  2014-07-10 23:13:52173000
Lư Thăng15,488Chia sẻ vòng kết nối chất lượng cho mọi người <3 #sharedcircles  2014-04-23 16:24:5447717223
Adam Black6,745The Doc Whobies/Fandom CircleBy popular Demand, my Circle Sharing Continues...This was Originally a #DoctorWho Fans Circle  with added Added #Browncoats and #ScienceFiction #Fandom  ( started out from Peter Edenist, but I  weeded it & doubled it )If you are tagged,  you are in it.This was my First Great GooglePlus Circle, and its filled with Interesting People that will give an all-over shot of awesome to your stream.Weblink for Mobile Users:https://plus.google.com/u/0/108177944448520252638/posts/bmyr4RtwQVfRecent SciFi Posts:Red Dwarf Is back :https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AdamBlack/posts/MhaycJuj3aHNew Mind-Blowing Ambient Film score to Metropolis( free Download. Trust me, You want this  )https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AdamBlack/posts/MsMJkKkyYJ4Other Upcoming Coming Circle Shares include:Cognitive/PhilosophyOfMind ( started from Peter Wells and Iv added lot of new relevant people )The Geekerati:You can recommend People to this one.  Authors, Scientists, Actors... They are famous or talented...PoliticalReform( started out with the AntiSopa movement and turned Hard Left at Romney, and more  center after #Justice4Aaron Aaron Swartz death  and Snowden.  If you are progressive you may love it, if Libertarian its probably  a mix Love/hate  )If you want to be added to those circles,  before I share them, let me know#GeekCulture   #CircleShare #DrWho   #scififans   #DoctorWhoCircle  2014-04-14 13:16:4124619016
Jack C Crawford86,096Another cool circle.2014-03-22 17:03:555000517
Bob Mulholland20,590Haven't done a  #FollowFriday  in a while. Beam these mofos into your Circles , Scotty!Nothin' but a buncha  #StarTrek  nerds in here.... #SharedCircles  2014-03-07 20:06:14486519
Dan Thompson2,147Here is my circle of writers.  My suggestion to you new G+ folks is to add the entire circle as its own circle, i.e. "Dan's Writing Circle".  Over time, move your favorites over into your own growing array of circles.In particular, though, I'd say pay attention to John Ward, Evo Terra, Nathan Lowell, Brook Johnson, and Jefferson Smith.2014-02-22 19:51:53249212
Scott Dawson4,241It's the weekend! Here's my Circle of New People on Google+  to share with all of you. This Circle is made up of new people I've circled in the past few weeks on Google+.To help build some engagement on Google+ & this Circle I ask that everyone who is in this circle share a recent post of their own, or one you've shared in the last week by adding a link to it in the comments.Doing so, will give us all an opportunity to connect and share with other active Google+ users.If you were notified then you are in this circle.I look forward to checking out your favorite posts that I might have missed!There's no requirement to share, +1 or Comment but it's always appreciated if you do.Have a great Saturday everyone!#sharedcircles  2014-02-08 15:06:03462231428
Scott Dawson3,845Happy Superbowl Sunday everyone!  Here's a Circle of New People I've circled recently on Google+  to share with all of you.To help build some engagement on Google+ & this Circle I ask that everyone who is in this circle share a recent post of their own by adding a link to it in the comments.Doing so, will give us all an opportunity to connect and share with other active Google+ users.If you were notified then you are in this circle.I look forward to checking out some of your favorite posts that I might have missed!Enjoy your Sunday!#sharedcircles  2014-02-02 14:35:09476281732
Corlis Gray97+Scott Dawson shared this circle of new people.Add them and many will follow you back. #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedpublicircles  2014-01-25 20:29:53483141121
Artur M.36,029A Very Social CircleКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+circle of people, with active life position in Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра. #forfriends  2014-01-23 12:29:58459502976
Kimberly Hurlbut29,256New to G+? Just need more entertainment in your stream? THIS is the circle for you!This shared circle includes:* Artists   * Geeks   * Comedians   * Writers   * Engagers   * Original Posters   * Awesome and Amazing Individuals   * Some Well Known and Some Little Known G+ers   * Add more positive adjectives here:                  .I'm posting this despite the recent debate and ban by some people on shared circles that is apparently going on, but I know that if I hadn't grabbed awesome shared circles at the beginning of my G+ experience I would not still be here! Please help the newbies or the G+ers that need new and GREAT content in their stream by adding this circle and sharing. If I have included you and you would like to be removed please let me know. Thank you and have a nice day. :o)2014-01-23 09:53:358714816
B.A. TruthWarrior1,260These are some verified unusual characters....in general.#circleshare  #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday  #sharedcircleday #circleshared   #variety  2014-01-16 03:45:1647527826
Artur M.34,522A Very Social CircleКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+circle of people, with active life position in Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра.#forfriends  2014-01-10 16:26:54459572479
Kimberly Hurlbut28,850My Favorite G+ersThis is the first time in a long time that I've shared this circle! Please add and don't forget to share this circle full of G+ ultra-engagers of much awesomeness! Your stream will never be the same again....and you will thank me for it. ;-)2014-01-06 05:00:57100001
Kimberly Hurlbut28,850My Favorite G+ersThis is the first time in a long time that I've shared this circle! Please add and don't forget to share this circle full of G+ ultra-engagers of much awesomeness! Your stream will never be the same again....and you will thank me for it. ;-)2014-01-06 05:00:14100001
Kimberly Hurlbut28,850My Favorite G+ersThis is the first time in a long time that I've shared this circle! Please add and don't forget to share this circle full of G+ ultra-engagers of much awesomeness! Your stream will never be the same again....and you will thank me for it. ;-)2014-01-06 04:58:2110013814
Peter Smith0#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share 2013-12-05 19:50:26488000
Robert Partridge21,157My "We Will Rock You" CircleI don't often share out my own circles - usually only about 2x a year.  I present to you my "We Will Rock You" circle ... these people make my Google+ experience really rock!  This is a very diverse crowd of really terrific folks.  My thanks to all of them for sharing great content and commenting/+1/sharing my stuff as well! #WeWillRockYou   #CircleShareSunday   2013-11-24 20:39:011801111282
Peter Smith0#share  #bestcircleshare #sharecirle#sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestofcircles 2013-11-21 15:08:10489000
Claudiu Narita3,3332013-11-20 02:26:27501817
CK Wylde1,228A Circle Share Of Crazy People - Also Known As WritersI've not really shared circles before but every time +Brian Buckley does it I end up with fantastic new people in my feed.  So I thought I would share my writer's circle with you all. In it you will find  a bunch of G+ Writers and people who have to do with writers (publishers for instance).  WarningI tried this a little earlier and had a couple of people say they couldn't see the people in the circle. If you can't please let me know, I'm trying to figure out why that might be happening. Also, if you happen to know why that happens I am all ears.If you want to be included in this circle, also plese let me know.  #writers   #circleshare   #circles  2013-11-18 20:32:284401519
Jan Havrda20,092Deep Thinkers.2013-11-15 00:06:31141216
Peter Smith0Great #sharedcircle , to be shared.2013-11-14 20:22:37492002
Richard Green39,214Engagers Showcase Circle, November 8 2013If you received a notification, it means that you are included in my Engagers Showcase Circle. “Showcase” means that you are invited to leave a comment (on the original post) with a link to one of your own posts, which ideally should be one of your best recent posts.This circle consists of people who have engaged with one of my recent posts in the form of +1s, comments and reshares. I ran out of room, so I removed about 20 people who didn't have me circled back, and the domain error problem is (as usual) preventing me from including everyone.Many of my posts this week have been reshares. This is partly because I haven't had much time to write detailed posts, with the exception of the “apple” post below. I'm very selective about what I reshare, and careful about assigning credit, so if my reshares get more +1s than the original posts, that seems like a win-win to me.Everyone mentioned below is also included in the circle.Spongiforma squarepantsii (reshared from +Jeni Ong)https://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/Cpe8bKGfV3CAutumn Reflections (reshared from +Thomas Horton)https://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/4vGLCb9gxyhMacro photograph of a cactus (reshared from +BJ Bolender)https://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/cxWwpGkVVBBWords for apple in various European languageshttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/gPLVGT2ct3cReflections and Magic Balls by Marija-Luizahttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/8NMW2f2iSy6Fermat's Last Tweet (reshared from +Harold Hausman)https://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/MDJ2byYGrsLMy kids dressed for Halloweenhttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/9W1sW5RxW2nConvergent pumpkin (reshared from +Malthus John)https://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/dVDHSozpqNvJWildfire art (reshared from +Mick Hogan)https://plus.google.com/101584889282872013-11-08 23:15:10491219130262
Silvio De Rossi3,801It's dance time! #saturdaynight  Circle! :DThis is my first #sharedcircle of #topengagers, a group of interesting people who share unique and original content.What are you waiting to add them to your circles? :)To be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1) Do +1 t the post2) Comment the post and specify your "category" (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing)3) Include the circle among your circles4) Share the circle (include yourself)5) Smile to life, sun in sunshine.Special thanks my dear #friends and #followers:+Raffaele Romeo Arena  +Tancredi Matranga +Alessandro Folghera +Christine DeGraff +Viktor Mulin +Cesare Riccardo Have a good life!#topsharedcircle   #facciamolastoria   #leonardo   #deroplus   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #sharedcircleoftheday   #myseoissocial   #besocial   #socializethesocial  #trust #circles  #circleshare  #sharedcircle   2013-10-26 19:28:02457531239
Raffaele Romeo Arena5,311Welcome my dear #friends and #follower this is #thursdaycircle #topengagers  This circle is very important because it's composed of many important peolple, that often #interact with me and our community.You remember that #social  is   #sharedlife  and #follow is #friendship  . And so:-include me in your circles-create a large network-shared the circle (include yourself)-add +1 to the post-interact will allow you to enter the great circle that soon will share-happy life and sun is sunshine.Special thanks, to my #friends  and #followers  :+Alessandro Folghera +Mario Falcetti +Cesare Riccardo +Edith Kukla +Dominique Keller +Viktor Mulin +Silvio De Rossi +Tancredi Matranga +Tazein Mirza Saad +Fashion Circles #circles   #circleshare   #sharedcircle 2013-10-24 09:20:30459623468
Raffaele Romeo Arena4,418#mondaysharedcircle in your #circle #seocircle #fashioncircle This #circle includes important followers to affirm a strong #community getting bigger. Join the community and shareTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)  Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - Include the circle among your circles4 - Share the circle (include yourself)If you come accross Google error messages, incorporating my circles, please provide me the error, I'm classifying these errors. Have a wonderful Monday and all week; and a better popularityMost important: Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104Special thaks to my friend and special follower:+Alessandro Folghera+Viktor Mulin+Fashion Circles+Scott Buehler+Sam Stormborn Ormandy+Владимир Самсонов+Ludovic Moreeuw+Dominique Keller+Tancredi Matranga+Silvio De Rossi+Edith Kukla2013-10-14 20:44:30460211238
Raffaele Romeo Arena3,803Astonishing #topengagers   Happy  #Tuesday my #friends , and you are welcome in my #tuesdaycircle A nice group of people who I found to share and comment my posts, and have as a goal to grow our #community.And so, after difficult day on #Monday we are to enjoy on Tuesday in #fashionstyle To be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)      (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing)3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)5 - Plus and share the new important #fashionprofile https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/101905178080519621345/101905178080519621345/posts5 - smile to life, sun in sunshine.Thanks to all of you who are part of my circles and those who will be part of, in particular, I thank my #friends and #followers :+Alessandro Folghera+Alfredo Torres+Dirk Talamasca+Viktor Mulin+Cesare Riccardo+Mario Falcetti+Владимир Самсонов+Dominique KellerHave a wonderful weekend and increasing your #popularity and your #circles#topsharedcircle   2013-10-08 08:07:37463571660
Richi Jennings47,761Sunday Circle Share of Awesome... :: A big HELLO to all the new Plussers I met over the past week--and a few I reconnected with. (If you see this in email or as a notification, you're in the circle.)In the main, these folks are engagers, not passive consumers, so do add them if you're looking for interesting conversations here on G+.Also, feel free to share this publicly. Spread the love! If you're using the G+ mobile app, this may not work correctly, because circle sharing doesn't seem to be implemented right :-(For last week's share: richij.com/g/ExCMCmBsQWw 2013-09-22 17:12:4311412215
Raffaele Romeo Arena2,188Welcome in my #weekendcircle .You remember that #social  is  #sharedlife  and #follow is #friendship  . And so:-include me in your circles-create a large network-shared the circle (include yourself)-add +1 to the post-happy lifeSpecial thanks, to my #friends  and #followers  :+Alessandro Folghera +Mario Falcetti +Cesare Riccardo  #circles   #circleshare  #sharedcircle #circlesharing   #follower #socialnetworking   #social   #followme   #follow4followback  2013-09-13 17:59:23468472555
Richard Green26,219Engagers Showcase Circle, September 13 2013If you received a notification, it means that you are included in my Engagers Showcase Circle. “Showcase” means that you are invited to leave a comment (on the original post) with a link to one of your own posts, which ideally should be one of your best recent posts.This circle consists of people who have engaged with one of my recent posts in the form of +1s, comments and reshares.This week, I have been mostly posting about: Ramsey theory in mathematics; oddly comprehensible sentences; the wave/particle nature of light; and the mathematics of electrical networks. I've also posted some original photography and reshared posts from +Marjolein Caniels, +AyJay Schibig and +Debashish Samaddar.As always, reshares of this circle are appreciated, and I look forward to seeing everyone's links. Thanks for reading my posts!2013-09-13 15:31:32467212117223
Jane Ellen43,979I call this one my Big Ball-0-Fun.  I started with Dede's Fundies, thank you +Dede Craig King and added smaller circles I had made, along with a science circle from +Ray Sanders ,  and some small circles from +Lynette Young and +Carter Gibson and I don't even know who else.  So I haven't organized circles in two years.  You wanna make sumpin' of it? #sharedcircles   #circleshare  #newbies 2013-09-06 17:42:0642925629
Raffaele Romeo Arena991#happycircleWelcome   in my #sharedcircles  in #wednesday and happy #sharedweek  Special thanks to +Yaiza Pozo Vara +Mario Falcetti +Alessandro Folghera You remember that #social  is #sharedlife  and #follow  is #friendship And so:-Include me in your circles-create a large network-share the circle (include yourself)-add +1 to the post-happy life#Wednesdaysharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle #trustinme  #circlesharing   #circleshare        #circles        #circleoftheday   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircles    #share  #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday        #sharewithyou        #circlefriday   #circlethursday  #followme     #followers #followback #circle #g2013-08-21 13:32:27446632681
Kai Saffron15,310THE SAFFRONSTEIN'S MONSTER CIRCLEIt's....ALIVE!!!http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lt37qhzLMh1qbhnrvo1_500.pngI started noticing a lot of the same faces in some of the publicly shared circles this week, some people being in only one or two, and some people being in as many as four.  I then had an idea for a diabolical experiment of a new shared circle.I took four popular circles and threw them together to be a G+normous circle of over 1,500 of the most interesting and engaging users according to four different circle sharers.  For added spice and seasoning, I also threw in my smaller and cuddlier   #SaffronStarterCircle , which is my personal Top 109 Most Relevant users according to G+.  I then scrolled through this beast and removed almost all of the business pages (do they really think people are interested in the posted content- if ANY- of a page devoted to a car rental business?  REALLY?), as well as most self-proclaimed social media gurus, snake oil hucksters, follower-phishers, plus-and-reshare whores, scammers, spammers, and any other examples of general annoying uselessness.  I can't vouch for everyone who survived the cut, but there was that minimum level  of quality control at least. Since G+ lists people in circles by order of relevancy, I then took my affront to God and Nature and proceeded to amputate people from the bottom of the list (least relevant) moving upwards until I had reduced this monstrous circle to 499 people.  As a cherry on top of this abominable sundae, this means if you add this circle, I have left just enough room for you to click "add yourself to this circle" when you re-share it from your own circles (not from this post).You're welcome.Happy exploring your new Saffronstein's Monster Circle stream! #SharedCircles   #GhostTown   #PublicSharedCircles   #ItsALIVE     2013-08-12 00:38:11499531749
B.A. TruthWarrior0A little on the unusual side #sharedcircles   #circleshare  2013-08-10 23:49:534811115
The Key Maker(Fan Page)0Sense of Humor #sharedcircles   #circleshare  2013-08-10 23:39:202000414
Kai Saffron14,989Saffron's Starter Circle (Top 110)According to G+, this circle is the top 109 people I most regularly interact with, plus yours truly.  I think it's a good-sized circle for newbies to add if you want to liven up your stream, but don't want to be overwhelmed (as can happen with adding circles maxed at 500 active people.).    Remember, you can always uncircle someone later if it turns out they're not your cup of tea.  Think of it as auditioning people.  Like the old saying goes, "nothing ventured, nothing gained".  If you wait for your Faceborg friends to start using their long-abandoned G+ profiles (assuming they even have one), I can tell you right now you may be waiting a very long time, if not forever.  You get what you put into G+.  This platform isn't a collection of walled cities of unchanging social cliques, a.k.a. FB.  It's a social network for the purpose of networking, in the true sense of the word.  So jump in.  Be a leader, not a lemming.  Most of these people don't bite (unless you ask them to nicely).  This concludes our G+ Public Service Announcement. #SharedCircles   #GooglePlus   #GhostTown     #SaffronStarterCircle  2013-08-08 14:51:1311015511
Kai Saffron14,954Mathematician +Richard Green's shared circle of highly engaged Plussers!  Consider adding to liven up your stream-  Remember: "nothing ventured, nothing gained". #SharedCircles   #GooglePlus   #GhostTown   2013-08-07 16:37:49446582266
Leo Walsh3,691Richard Green originally shared:Engagers Showcase Circle, August 5 2013 If you received a notification, it means that you are included in my Engagers Showcase Circle. “Showcase” means that you are invited to leave a comment (on the original post) with a link to one of your own posts, which ideally should be one of your best recent posts.This circle consists of people who have engaged with one of my recent posts in the form of +1s, comments and reshares. I may have missed some people due to limitations of the G+ interface, but as usual, everyone who reshared last week's version of the circle has been included this time.As always, reshares are appreciated. And, if you have been, thanks for reading my posts!2013-08-06 00:51:27447521360
Richard Green20,938Engagers Showcase Circle, August 5 2013 If you received a notification, it means that you are included in my Engagers Showcase Circle. “Showcase” means that you are invited to leave a comment (on the original post) with a link to one of your own posts, which ideally should be one of your best recent posts.This circle consists of people who have engaged with one of my recent posts in the form of +1s, comments and reshares. I may have missed some people due to limitations of the G+ interface, but as usual, everyone who reshared last week's version of the circle has been included this time.As always, reshares are appreciated. And, if you have been, thanks for reading my posts!2013-08-05 23:36:22446267123229
Robert Partridge15,628ALPHA TEAM CIRCLE SHAREI don't share out my own circles very often, but seeing as I've just done some fairly substantial maintenance on them recently I felt it was time to do so again.Presenting my Alpha Team circle ... yes I have circles Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, etc ...  This circle is where I spend majority of my time on Google+.  These are the people and pages I try to follow most closely.  You'll find a bit of variety among this crowd but overall this is a stellar group of people! #CircleShareSunday   #CircleShare  2013-08-04 05:22:31194723678
Vũ Đăng7322013-07-28 19:07:46485109
Richard Green19,934Engagers Showcase Circle, July 28 2013 If you received a notification, it means that you are included in my Engagers Showcase Circle. “Showcase” means that you are invited to leave a comment (on the original post) with a link to one of your own posts, which ideally should be one of your best recent posts. This circle consists of people who have engaged with one of my recent posts in the form of +1s, comments and reshares. I may have missed some people due to limitations of the G+ interface. I'm pleased to see that this week's circle contains quite a few scientists.Circle tip of the weekAre you experiencing the problem of not being able to add people to your circles, even though you haven't altered your circles within 24 hours, and you aren't near the 5000 limit? The following steps may help.1. Take one of your circles that contains close to 500 people, and share it as a private post to yourself.2. Remove the whole circle in your Google+ Circles pages.3. Wait at least 24 hours.4. See if you can now add people. If you can, you can gradually add back the circle you previously deleted, by using the privately shared post in step 1.If that worked for you, you can thank +Circloscope for the tip. And, as always, thanks for reading my posts!2013-07-28 05:43:40477300112241
Sharing Circle0Hello peoples, another circle..To be included in close, just:1 - do +1 t the post;2 - comment the post;3 - include the circle among your circles;4 - share the circle (include yourself).Thanks!-#sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #diamondcircle   #awesome   #awesomesauce   #awesomeness   #awesomepeople   #diamondclub   #circle #circles #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #public #publiccircles #publiccirclesproject #publicsharedcircles #reshare #reshared #reshareday #resharetags #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #sharing #sharingcircle #sharingmeansthankyou #topcircles 2013-07-24 21:45:40501141431
Traci Rich341Here is a great circle to advance your NETWORKING!!!All you have to do is:1) +12) Share3) Comment and..4) Add!!It's that easy! #circleshare   #SHAREthelove  2013-07-22 01:20:46501633572
Richard Green19,150Here's my latest Engagers Showcase circle. If you received a notification, that means that you are in the circle.“Showcase” means that you are invited to leave a comment (on the original post) with a link to one of your own posts, which ideally should be one of your best recent posts. This circle consists of people who have engaged with one of my recent posts in the form of +1s, comments and reshares.For reasons of space, I wasn't able to include people whose engagement was limited to +1s on circle shares, and I may have missed other people due to limitations of the G+ interface. I also had no room to include all the engagers on four of my recent non-circle share posts. Because of this, I will be sharing this circle again next week. If you reshare this version of the circle, you are guaranteed a spot in next week's circle. Thanks for reading my posts!2013-07-21 04:25:38464353147248
Lư Thăng1,723Vòng kết nối nè mấy bạn :D2013-07-19 08:53:50487371041
Kimberly Hurlbut19,731Favorite G+ersJust sharing my favorite people on G+ circle again! Please add the circle if you want awesome content in your stream and great engagement! Please reshare!2013-07-19 00:11:4910014010

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2014-10-10 18:02:18 (74 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

#UKIP   #PowerVacuum  

Most reshares: 12

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2014-09-09 13:31:58 (29 comments, 12 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

UK Immigration Gone Fruitloop

I am sharing this with the couple's blessing.

The background:

My friends David and Maria have been married since 1970. He is British born and she is Dutch. Their son is considered a British citizen. They met and lived in Canada for most of their married lives. When they married, she gave up Dutch citizenship and received a Canadian passport. It was thought at the time that she would assume the same citizenship as her husband held: British. 

So, when they moved to the UK and bought a home with the intent of moving here to take care of David's elderly mother, there seemed to be no question as to her right to remain. Things were going fine until April, when they returned from a trip to Malta, and she was detained at the border by UK Immigration. She was held and fingerprinted, and then released on a short-term, limited... more »

Most plusones: 72

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2014-10-18 02:11:29 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

I tried to post something of substance. I got attacked first comment out of the box. This seems to be becoming the norm.

Here, have a bananalien. Surely, no one can hate on such weird cuteness.

Latest 50 posts

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2014-10-24 22:13:41 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Went to Metro Centre today. Came home with Jesse Pinkman...

#breakingbad  

Went to Metro Centre today. Came home with Jesse Pinkman...

#breakingbad  ___

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2014-10-22 20:56:48 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Who would have ever thunk that I had a healthy brain... 

Rock on!

+Pat Smyth ::snerk::

___Who would have ever thunk that I had a healthy brain... 

Rock on!

+Pat Smyth ::snerk::

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2014-10-20 14:30:58 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 61 +1s)Open 

Thanks to everyone for the amazing birthday wishes!

::mwah::

Today, I've received typewriter cakes, Firefly cakes, xenomorph cakes, flowery cakes, castle cakes, cakes fit for royalty, and cakes where my age was presented in dog years.

I've had happy birthday said with the cutest selfies, Star Trek, French silk pie, Mass Effect's Garrus, cute cats, Dancing Peanuts, strawberries, champagne, Lady Gaga, and a guy stripping to belly dancing music.

I've even been presented with the most spot on Someecard ever and a poem written especially about me, especially for me! 

You guys have really made my day. So, ever thanks!


If I have not commented upon a birthday wish, it's because I've not seen it, so do not be shy about tagging me in and bringing it to my attention. I want to respond to every one, and I know... more »

Thanks to everyone for the amazing birthday wishes!

::mwah::

Today, I've received typewriter cakes, Firefly cakes, xenomorph cakes, flowery cakes, castle cakes, cakes fit for royalty, and cakes where my age was presented in dog years.

I've had happy birthday said with the cutest selfies, Star Trek, French silk pie, Mass Effect's Garrus, cute cats, Dancing Peanuts, strawberries, champagne, Lady Gaga, and a guy stripping to belly dancing music.

I've even been presented with the most spot on Someecard ever and a poem written especially about me, especially for me! 

You guys have really made my day. So, ever thanks!


If I have not commented upon a birthday wish, it's because I've not seen it, so do not be shy about tagging me in and bringing it to my attention. I want to respond to every one, and I know how funny G+ can be funny with notifications.___

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2014-10-20 00:31:06 (24 comments, 1 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

Music to have a birthday by

It was 1984, and we were in our early 20s. I never could rock the hair bow, but the rest of the outfit was totally doable—and so I wore it.


... and I looked good.

Music to have a birthday by

It was 1984, and we were in our early 20s. I never could rock the hair bow, but the rest of the outfit was totally doable—and so I wore it.


... and I looked good.___

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2014-10-19 16:03:20 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Lancashire ham and pea soup making has commenced: Marrowfat peas are soaked and ready to go. Ham hock is desalinated and cooling. Vegetables are about to be chopped, and obligatory soup-making wine is about to be poured.

Lancashire ham and pea soup making has commenced: Marrowfat peas are soaked and ready to go. Ham hock is desalinated and cooling. Vegetables are about to be chopped, and obligatory soup-making wine is about to be poured.___

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2014-10-18 02:11:29 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

I tried to post something of substance. I got attacked first comment out of the box. This seems to be becoming the norm.

Here, have a bananalien. Surely, no one can hate on such weird cuteness.

I tried to post something of substance. I got attacked first comment out of the box. This seems to be becoming the norm.

Here, have a bananalien. Surely, no one can hate on such weird cuteness.___

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2014-10-17 10:30:22 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Pass the Mudder's Milk

Inspired by +Frank Beaney's Jayne post, I did a quick Google to see if there were any recipes for mudder's milk out there (why I hadn't done this before is beyond me).

Mudder's Milk is a favoured drink found in Canton, a mud mining settlement on Higgins' Moon, an outer planet in the Rim. According to Jayne Cobb, the concoction was, "all the protein, vitamins and carbs of your grandma's best turkey dinner, plus 15 percent alcohol." So, a kind of alcoholic protein shake.

I haven't tried the linked recipe, but I might just do so. It doesn't look half bad... but then, that just may be me.

Check it out. What do you think? Shiny or da shiong la se la ch'wohn tian?

#fireflyfriday  

Pass the Mudder's Milk

Inspired by +Frank Beaney's Jayne post, I did a quick Google to see if there were any recipes for mudder's milk out there (why I hadn't done this before is beyond me).

Mudder's Milk is a favoured drink found in Canton, a mud mining settlement on Higgins' Moon, an outer planet in the Rim. According to Jayne Cobb, the concoction was, "all the protein, vitamins and carbs of your grandma's best turkey dinner, plus 15 percent alcohol." So, a kind of alcoholic protein shake.

I haven't tried the linked recipe, but I might just do so. It doesn't look half bad... but then, that just may be me.

Check it out. What do you think? Shiny or da shiong la se la ch'wohn tian?

#fireflyfriday  ___

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2014-10-14 12:06:48 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

March of the Dying

A bit of guitar music to lift your spirits on a rainy Tuesday afternoon.

This is guitarist +Matt Gibson of Crimson Symphony improvising over a backing track for one of the songs slated for the new record. It's called March of the Dying. Have a listen and, if you like what you hear, you can circle him here and/or subscribe to his YouTube channel.

h/t Matt via LinkedIn

March of the Dying

A bit of guitar music to lift your spirits on a rainy Tuesday afternoon.

This is guitarist +Matt Gibson of Crimson Symphony improvising over a backing track for one of the songs slated for the new record. It's called March of the Dying. Have a listen and, if you like what you hear, you can circle him here and/or subscribe to his YouTube channel.

h/t Matt via LinkedIn___

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2014-10-12 22:52:32 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

No words:

No words:___

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2014-10-12 22:33:01 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

No words:

No words:___

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2014-10-12 21:38:55 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

No words.

Daughters of a Lesser God, a 13-minute documentary of the bangle-makers of Hyperabad, Pakistan.  Required viewing.

Daughters of a lesser God final___No words.

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2014-10-11 10:51:19 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Foreign Names for Popular Films

A list of highly amusing foreign names given to some of the West's popular films.

It's a tough decision, but I think my favourite is: I Will Marry a Prostitute To Save Money. Can you guess before you look) what film that one is?!! Hint: It's a chick flick favourite from 1990.

Foreign Names for Popular Films

A list of highly amusing foreign names given to some of the West's popular films.

It's a tough decision, but I think my favourite is: I Will Marry a Prostitute To Save Money. Can you guess before you look) what film that one is?!! Hint: It's a chick flick favourite from 1990.___

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2014-10-10 21:24:54 (17 comments, 2 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

I've heard the "everything happens for a reason" thing for most of my life. When looking back on certain life-changing events, I've reached this conclusion.

It makes the most sense. 

Stupid is as stupid does.

Haha  :-)___I've heard the "everything happens for a reason" thing for most of my life. When looking back on certain life-changing events, I've reached this conclusion.

It makes the most sense. 

Stupid is as stupid does.

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2014-10-10 19:59:09 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

Early birthday present.

Early birthday present.___

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2014-10-10 18:02:18 (74 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

This cracked me up.

My husband has been ranting about the new vacuum cleaner wattage since he found out about it. Our vacuum—which needs to be replaced—runs at 2,300 watts. The new cap means that we can't buy one that runs over 1,600 watts. By 2017, that number will be reduced to 900 watts.

As he points out, this will most-likely make for a less efficient machine, and that will result in it taking longer to vacuum, which will effectively negating the reason for lowering the wattage in the first place.

He also says that they'll be coming for the hair dryers and kettles next.

What do you guys think about the wattage restriction?


h/t +Neil Connolly 

#UKIP   #PowerVacuum  ___This cracked me up.

My husband has been ranting about the new vacuum cleaner wattage since he found out about it. Our vacuum—which needs to be replaced—runs at 2,300 watts. The new cap means that we can't buy one that runs over 1,600 watts. By 2017, that number will be reduced to 900 watts.

As he points out, this will most-likely make for a less efficient machine, and that will result in it taking longer to vacuum, which will effectively negating the reason for lowering the wattage in the first place.

He also says that they'll be coming for the hair dryers and kettles next.

What do you guys think about the wattage restriction?


h/t +Neil Connolly 

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2014-10-09 21:35:10 (51 comments, 2 reshares, 55 +1s)Open 

So, Transcendence

Let's talk a wee little bit about casting.

Don't get me wrong, I liked the film. It was a thinking man's Terminator, and I think the actors did their parts justice, including Rebecca Hall as Evelyn Caster. So what I am about to say next is in no way a reflection on her—an actress young enough to be my daughter... and/or Johnny Depp's daughter... which is the point.

From beginning to end, I was struck by the age discrepancy.

This is, at the core, an amazing love story. Yet, the eccentric middle-aged dude is paired with a woman 19 years his junior. What? Are there no beautiful, intelligent actresses born pre 1980 that would suit? Johnny Depp was born in 1963. Do the maths. Most eccentric scientist types born in the early 1960s don't pull chicks born in 1985. Those that do are just creepy.

I am not reallyvoc... more »

So, Transcendence

Let's talk a wee little bit about casting.

Don't get me wrong, I liked the film. It was a thinking man's Terminator, and I think the actors did their parts justice, including Rebecca Hall as Evelyn Caster. So what I am about to say next is in no way a reflection on her—an actress young enough to be my daughter... and/or Johnny Depp's daughter... which is the point.

From beginning to end, I was struck by the age discrepancy.

This is, at the core, an amazing love story. Yet, the eccentric middle-aged dude is paired with a woman 19 years his junior. What? Are there no beautiful, intelligent actresses born pre 1980 that would suit? Johnny Depp was born in 1963. Do the maths. Most eccentric scientist types born in the early 1960s don't pull chicks born in 1985. Those that do are just creepy.

I am not really vocal on this sort of thing; my husband is eight years my junior so I appreciate the whole younger partner thing. That being said, I am kind of bored with the ageing Hollywood male heartthrob paired with a female young enough to be his daughter motif. In this film, Johnny pulls it off. But at some point—just like with Clint Eastwood—it is just going to get creepy gross eww.

Grow up Hollywood. Old chicks are not only intelligent, they are desirable and they are hot. This would have been a better film if the wife had been his age.___

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2014-10-09 14:59:40 (27 comments, 8 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

Dragon Age: Origins
free on Origin for a limited time

This is an excellent game, and right now Origin is giving it away free. 

If you're not familiar with the game, you can read a bit more about it here: http://www.cnet.com/news/eas-dragon-age-origins-is-on-the-house/

If you want to download it, you can do so here: http://www.cnet.com/news/eas-dragon-age-origins-is-on-the-house/

You will need to create an Origin account and download their client, of course. 

Origin often offers freebies, but this is by far the best one they've offered so far. It's an excellent game!


#dragonageorigins   #gaming   #pcgames  



h/t +Luis Carvalho for the info!

Dragon Age: Origins
free on Origin for a limited time

This is an excellent game, and right now Origin is giving it away free. 

If you're not familiar with the game, you can read a bit more about it here: http://www.cnet.com/news/eas-dragon-age-origins-is-on-the-house/

If you want to download it, you can do so here: http://www.cnet.com/news/eas-dragon-age-origins-is-on-the-house/

You will need to create an Origin account and download their client, of course. 

Origin often offers freebies, but this is by far the best one they've offered so far. It's an excellent game!


#dragonageorigins   #gaming   #pcgames  



h/t +Luis Carvalho for the info!___

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2014-10-08 17:24:29 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

RIP sweetness and light. I am so glad that your last days were full of love and joy and demolishing toys... You certainly earned it.

#vicktory   #Hector  

Good-bye sweet #Hector Yes, you did win. Rest easy and we'll see you again soon. #Vicktory We love you and you did good. xoxo

As I prepare to pass and say good-bye, I want to thank all the people that were responsible for giving me the chance I deserved, and all the people that help save other dogs from similar circumstances. Thanks to you, after a couple of really crappy years with Vick and his buddies, I was able to enjoy 7 years of love and fun adventures! I was able to meet all kinds of really cool people, and prove that even dogs saved from horrendous situations should get a shot to show what they are made of. Ideally, it would have been nice for Vick to reconcile with me and all the other dogs from that time, but that didn't happen. That's his choice, and that says something in my opinion. My choice, though, was not to allow that past to dictate who I am. As a result, I can say this in regards to my life: I Win!

https://www.facebook.com/HectorThePitBull/photos/a.381272144809.197396.372900479809/10152800668089810/?type=1___RIP sweetness and light. I am so glad that your last days were full of love and joy and demolishing toys... You certainly earned it.

#vicktory   #Hector  

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2014-10-08 09:22:37 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

I shared this late last night, so I'm resharing this AM. This is a project that I worked on as writer and editor. It's the story of Houston Police Officer Kevin Will, who lost his life in the line of duty—but not for a reason that you might assume.

I am very proud to have been a part of creating this documentary, and I think that not only serves as a tribute to Officer Will and others involved, it carries an important message.

It's about 20 minutes long. If you feel so inclined, I would love for you to watch it and give me your thoughts [on the OP, please].

Thanks

End of Watch
The Kevin Will Story


It isn't often that I get to share my work, and it is with great pride and humbleness that I share this. 

This is what I do; I tell stories.

I feel incredibly privileged that I was asked to tell this one.___I shared this late last night, so I'm resharing this AM. This is a project that I worked on as writer and editor. It's the story of Houston Police Officer Kevin Will, who lost his life in the line of duty—but not for a reason that you might assume.

I am very proud to have been a part of creating this documentary, and I think that not only serves as a tribute to Officer Will and others involved, it carries an important message.

It's about 20 minutes long. If you feel so inclined, I would love for you to watch it and give me your thoughts [on the OP, please].

Thanks

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2014-10-07 20:58:38 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

End of Watch
The Kevin Will Story


It isn't often that I get to share my work, and it is with great pride and humbleness that I share this. 

This is what I do; I tell stories.

I feel incredibly privileged that I was asked to tell this one.

End of Watch
The Kevin Will Story


It isn't often that I get to share my work, and it is with great pride and humbleness that I share this. 

This is what I do; I tell stories.

I feel incredibly privileged that I was asked to tell this one.___

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2014-10-07 15:02:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

A lot of Carlton dancing awesomeness in my stream today after he rocked America's Dancing with the Stars last night. [see it here: http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/10/carlton-dance-dancing-with-the-stars-video-alfonso-ribiero]. So, as an added treat, I give you this: Alfonso Ribeiro stealing our hearts in his early years via this 1980s Pepsi advert with Michael and The Jacksons.

A lot of Carlton dancing awesomeness in my stream today after he rocked America's Dancing with the Stars last night. [see it here: http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/10/carlton-dance-dancing-with-the-stars-video-alfonso-ribiero]. So, as an added treat, I give you this: Alfonso Ribeiro stealing our hearts in his early years via this 1980s Pepsi advert with Michael and The Jacksons.___

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2014-10-04 11:05:51 (22 comments, 1 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Rainy Autumn Saturday in England
a perfect day for quiet contemplation

I love that autumn is upon us. In a way, it feels like coming home.

I've always enjoyed summer, but in my mind, summer is a social time; a time to get out, enjoy the sun and warmth, be around people, connect with friends and family. Autumn, on the other hand, is a quieter time; a time to stay in, tucked in a chair reading your favourite book as the sounds of rain soothe your soul.

Even the act of sitting at my computer of a morning feels ... more comfortable in autumn. It's dark, and a bit on the cold side, the only glow in the room is coming from the screen, and the muted light gives my world an isolated feeling. I hear the sounds of cars passing by in the distance, but the sound they make is almost soothing. They don't stop. They don't come to park on my street. There is no... more »

Rainy Autumn Saturday in England
a perfect day for quiet contemplation

I love that autumn is upon us. In a way, it feels like coming home.

I've always enjoyed summer, but in my mind, summer is a social time; a time to get out, enjoy the sun and warmth, be around people, connect with friends and family. Autumn, on the other hand, is a quieter time; a time to stay in, tucked in a chair reading your favourite book as the sounds of rain soothe your soul.

Even the act of sitting at my computer of a morning feels ... more comfortable in autumn. It's dark, and a bit on the cold side, the only glow in the room is coming from the screen, and the muted light gives my world an isolated feeling. I hear the sounds of cars passing by in the distance, but the sound they make is almost soothing. They don't stop. They don't come to park on my street. There is no car door slamming or murmuring of voices as people walk by. The sounds they make  are that of people held at a distance by the cold and rain. 

Autumn has always been my favourite time of year, and today I am embracing its resurgence.

What's your favourite time of year and why?

photo: my cat Newt.___

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2014-10-03 12:03:23 (10 comments, 2 reshares, 51 +1s)Open 

Truth


Happy Friday!


h/t +Pat Smyth for the image [via Twitter]

Truth


Happy Friday!


h/t +Pat Smyth for the image [via Twitter]___

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2014-10-01 20:49:09 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Despicable Us
clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth

So, the fighting bullying shite isn't even close to being over because arseholes will be arseholes and bullies left unchecked and unpunished continue to be bullies. You can apply bullshit half-measures all day long and nothing changes until something of meaning is done.

Meanwhile, I keep hearing from and about the lads; the lads that are following my words here because I bring them hope for change. Except,  I've not been sharing words because... well, because it's not been the right time to say what I think, and I've been asked to curb my tongue...

for now

So, in the mean time, just to let you know that this conversation is not over ...

this one is for the lads at LSW.

They can't take your happy.

#workplacebullying   #bullying ... more »

Despicable Us
clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth

So, the fighting bullying shite isn't even close to being over because arseholes will be arseholes and bullies left unchecked and unpunished continue to be bullies. You can apply bullshit half-measures all day long and nothing changes until something of meaning is done.

Meanwhile, I keep hearing from and about the lads; the lads that are following my words here because I bring them hope for change. Except,  I've not been sharing words because... well, because it's not been the right time to say what I think, and I've been asked to curb my tongue...

for now

So, in the mean time, just to let you know that this conversation is not over ...

this one is for the lads at LSW.

They can't take your happy.

#workplacebullying   #bullying   #lsw   #liebherr  ___

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2014-10-01 09:33:12 (20 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Resveratrol slows down bacteria that causes acne
aka another reason to drink wine

Resveratrol is the antioxident found in wine. Now, scientists have discovered that, when combined with benzoyl peroxide, resveratrol can help stave off acne breakouts. As a sufferer of acne roscaea (current the bane of my existence) and a wine lover (although I generally don't bath in the stuff), this looks to be good news to me!

Now, I'm off to soak my face in a bottle of wine. I need to get a new passport photo taken and it currently looks a fright.

h/t and big thanks to the very special friend who shared this via private share

Resveratrol slows down bacteria that causes acne
aka another reason to drink wine

Resveratrol is the antioxident found in wine. Now, scientists have discovered that, when combined with benzoyl peroxide, resveratrol can help stave off acne breakouts. As a sufferer of acne roscaea (current the bane of my existence) and a wine lover (although I generally don't bath in the stuff), this looks to be good news to me!

Now, I'm off to soak my face in a bottle of wine. I need to get a new passport photo taken and it currently looks a fright.

h/t and big thanks to the very special friend who shared this via private share___

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2014-09-29 10:43:02 (32 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Well, I'm in.

Look me up. We'll do lunch.

Well, I'm in.

Look me up. We'll do lunch.___

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2014-09-28 17:58:49 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Nicely done, George...

Ayleen wasn't too bad, either. : )


via private share

rockstar training :) ___Nicely done, George...

Ayleen wasn't too bad, either. : )


via private share

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2014-09-27 21:54:23 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

MFW

My husband asks, "Is there only one season of Firefly?"

#wtfiswrongwiththesepeople   #youredoingitwrong  

MFW

My husband asks, "Is there only one season of Firefly?"

#wtfiswrongwiththesepeople   #youredoingitwrong  ___

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2014-09-27 20:50:48 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

This

This is why we don't see them. Because seeing them hurts.

The thing is, it should hurt.

#homeless  

No one deserves to be invisible.

big mwah to +Pat Smyth for sharing this.

Have the Homeless Become Invisible?: http://youtu.be/u6jSKLtmYdM___This

This is why we don't see them. Because seeing them hurts.

The thing is, it should hurt.

#homeless  

No one deserves to be invisible.

big mwah to +Pat Smyth for sharing this.

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2014-09-27 16:11:03 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

The Invisible People

Richard Gere did this for a film [Time Out of Mind], but his experience makes for an interesting social discussion about how there are some people in life that we teach ourselves not to see. Why? Well, probably because it makes it more difficult to go on with our lives if we allow the homeless to become real to us.

It's an interesting read. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

The Invisible People

Richard Gere did this for a film [Time Out of Mind], but his experience makes for an interesting social discussion about how there are some people in life that we teach ourselves not to see. Why? Well, probably because it makes it more difficult to go on with our lives if we allow the homeless to become real to us.

It's an interesting read. I'd love to hear your thoughts.___

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2014-09-27 09:24:47 (16 comments, 3 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Treating adults like adults
forward thinking in business

Treat people as human beings, give them that flexibility and I don’t think they’ll abuse it. And they’ll get the job done.

I remember when I first went freelance, my parents expressed concern about whether I was disciplined enough to earn a living working from home, setting my own office hours, and with zero restrictions on days taken off. Three years later, and my income had doubled whilst my actual working hours had been drastically reduced. Why? Because my focus was on getting things done, not being seen at a specific place from 8 to 5, five days a week, whether I actually needed to be there or not.

I have always thought that, if you treat a society as if it is irresponsible and incapable, then it will become irresponsible and incapable. It's nice to know that there are people out there inplace... more »

Treating adults like adults
forward thinking in business

Treat people as human beings, give them that flexibility and I don’t think they’ll abuse it. And they’ll get the job done.

I remember when I first went freelance, my parents expressed concern about whether I was disciplined enough to earn a living working from home, setting my own office hours, and with zero restrictions on days taken off. Three years later, and my income had doubled whilst my actual working hours had been drastically reduced. Why? Because my focus was on getting things done, not being seen at a specific place from 8 to 5, five days a week, whether I actually needed to be there or not.

I have always thought that, if you treat a society as if it is irresponsible and incapable, then it will become irresponsible and incapable. It's nice to know that there are people out there in places of power who think that too.

#workethic   #responsibility   #beingagrownup  ___

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2014-09-26 20:59:35 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Totally hoping to share a documentary that I wrote with you sometime before the end of this year. It's a "because it should be written" piece rather than a "ohh, let's pay some bills" piece. I am so proud to have been involved.

Meanwhile though, as I am being held mute on far too many things, here is an image that portrays how Liebherr Sunderland Works' tackles bullying in the workplace.

#workplacebullying   #bullying   #liebherr   #lsw  


#hpd   #yourockmyworld   #muchrespect  

Totally hoping to share a documentary that I wrote with you sometime before the end of this year. It's a "because it should be written" piece rather than a "ohh, let's pay some bills" piece. I am so proud to have been involved.

Meanwhile though, as I am being held mute on far too many things, here is an image that portrays how Liebherr Sunderland Works' tackles bullying in the workplace.

#workplacebullying   #bullying   #liebherr   #lsw  


#hpd   #yourockmyworld   #muchrespect  ___

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2014-09-26 12:52:16 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Monitorgate Update

... +DeAno Jackson, that title was created specially for you, diddums. I don't think I've referred to anything as something-gate before. ; )


I am quite pleased to announce that +CCL Computers has lived up to their word. The brand new (and very shiny) monitor is up and I just love it!

Seeing everything boxed and bagged as it was intended, filthy monitor aside, it is even more obvious that the other had been re-packed somewhat haphazardly. This is probably a good lesson learnt; not just being sure to keep used stock away from the new stock, but when you intend to re-sell something, repack it to as near new looking as possible. Presentation is important.

Anyway, thank you CCL for righting the wrong within 48 hours. Special thanks to Abby, and thanks to the manager who phoned yesterday with an apology. I know that you'rep... more »

Monitorgate Update

... +DeAno Jackson, that title was created specially for you, diddums. I don't think I've referred to anything as something-gate before. ; )


I am quite pleased to announce that +CCL Computers has lived up to their word. The brand new (and very shiny) monitor is up and I just love it!

Seeing everything boxed and bagged as it was intended, filthy monitor aside, it is even more obvious that the other had been re-packed somewhat haphazardly. This is probably a good lesson learnt; not just being sure to keep used stock away from the new stock, but when you intend to re-sell something, repack it to as near new looking as possible. Presentation is important.

Anyway, thank you CCL for righting the wrong within 48 hours. Special thanks to Abby, and thanks to the manager who phoned yesterday with an apology. I know that you're planning to investigate the gaffe, so I'll be sending some photos that my husband took of the monitor, so that you can see the state it was in when it arrived. Those photos will also put you in awe of my husband's monitor cleaning skills. As you will note, it was returned to you in pristine shape.

As of this moment in time, grumpy Jake is no longer grumpy. My husband thanks you.

#computer   #customerservice   #CCLonline  ___

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2014-09-25 11:55:08 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

DC Heroes and Villains
Saturday Evening Post style

These are awesome!

h/t +Amelia Sides 

Tribute series to the covers of the "Saturday Evening Post" featuring #DC heroes & villains by Ruiz Burgos!  See them all here: http://geekxgirls.com/article.php?ID=3241___DC Heroes and Villains
Saturday Evening Post style

These are awesome!

h/t +Amelia Sides 

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2014-09-25 09:44:19 (35 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Passing used goods off as new
making a bad first impression 

Over the weekend, my monitor decided to die, so I purchased a new one from +CCL Computers on Monday and had it sent expedited delivery. It arrived yesterday. I was so excited because I'd been using a television-slash-monitor for the past couple of years, and this was a proper monitor with 2560 x 1440 resolution. [I'd been planning to upgrade, but was going to try and get at least one more year out of what I was using.]

First thing that I noticed was that the box had been opened and re-taped shut. Once opened, I noticed that the stand was in the wrong place in the box and that the instructions had been stuffed into an odd place. Bags had been opened and re-taped shut, and—the cherry on the cake—the monitor was covered in some sort of greasy substance. I mean it was absolutely minging.

Iwas gu... more »

Passing used goods off as new
making a bad first impression 

Over the weekend, my monitor decided to die, so I purchased a new one from +CCL Computers on Monday and had it sent expedited delivery. It arrived yesterday. I was so excited because I'd been using a television-slash-monitor for the past couple of years, and this was a proper monitor with 2560 x 1440 resolution. [I'd been planning to upgrade, but was going to try and get at least one more year out of what I was using.]

First thing that I noticed was that the box had been opened and re-taped shut. Once opened, I noticed that the stand was in the wrong place in the box and that the instructions had been stuffed into an odd place. Bags had been opened and re-taped shut, and—the cherry on the cake—the monitor was covered in some sort of greasy substance. I mean it was absolutely minging.

I was gutted, but OH thought that there might be a chance that it had been opened and just set up for testing; that it was new, but some idiot had tried to clean it with some sort of silicon based product that had made a mess of the screen. So, we set to work cleaning it up. A lot of work and a large pile of cloths later, he had it near pristine, so I left him to finish it up while I phoned CCL for an explanation.

I explained to customer service what I'd found, expecting to be told that it was a display model or some such (B-grade item passed off as new). That wasn't the case. It turns out it wasn't B-grade but actual used goods—the monitor had been previously sold and returned as faulty. CCL had tested it, re-boxed it, and sold it to me as brand new. Because it was used (and possibly faulty), the customer service rep went straight to a return option. The thing is, she wanted to have it picked up and tested before she'd agree to ship a new one. I found this completely unacceptable. They had sold me used goods as brand new. I felt that they had an obligation to provide me a brand new monitor as soon as humanly possible.

Things got a little heated, but we were eventually able to come to a amiable compromise. She said that she couldn't authorise shipment until they had received the used one back, but she did agree to arrange a pick-up for this morning and, if I phone her once it's picked up, she'll arrange for expedited delivery of a brand new one straight from the supplier. If she keeps her word, I'll have a brand new one tomorrow. I still think that CCL was morally obligated to ship a new one out then and there, but distant seller regulations no longer have my back with that.

So, here I am, at my desk writing from my laptop and waiting for the delivery guy  to show up. Customer service promised me that a CCL manager would phone me this morning, but I haven't heard from them yet. Considering the lack of ethics behind trying to pass a dirty, used monitor off as brand new, I am hoping for both an apology and some kind of compensation. [I would also love to see a new monitor arrive on the same truck that is picking this one up.] If that happens, I'll be happy to make amends and give CCL another chance at being my computer supplier (I'm looking for a new one). If it doesn't, this will probably be our first and last dance.

#computer   #customerservice  ___

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2014-09-24 20:18:00 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

LSW implementing their "Dignity at Work" policy. Sand and hole available upon request via human resources.



#workplacebullying   #bullying   #liebherr   #lsw  

LSW implementing their "Dignity at Work" policy. Sand and hole available upon request via human resources.



#workplacebullying   #bullying   #liebherr   #lsw  ___

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2014-09-24 09:00:37 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Where was this adorable guy when I lost my earring somewhere between Houston, TX and Newcastle, GB?!!

Adorable. Absolutely adorable... and highly useful.

#KLM   #customerservice   #doingitright  

Note to self: Must fly through Schiphol more often.

And when I do, I mustn't forget to remember...to forget something on the plane___Where was this adorable guy when I lost my earring somewhere between Houston, TX and Newcastle, GB?!!

Adorable. Absolutely adorable... and highly useful.

#KLM   #customerservice   #doingitright  

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2014-09-24 08:22:45 (21 comments, 3 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

Honour your ability to think critically

I've been dealing quite a bit with purposefully obtuse people over the past few weeks; people in positions of decision-making power misrepresenting and dishonouring their own policies in order to remain willfully ignorant regarding a blatant case of workplace bullying by a manager. Time and time again, I've gone back to the source material to point out facts, yet they continue to respond in ignorance; telling me what they think the policy should say rather than what it actually states.

It's hard to fight stupid.

h/t http://liberatingreality.com/ for the image and title.

#ignoranceisntbliss   #workplacebullying   #bullying   #lsw   #liebherr  

Honour your ability to think critically

I've been dealing quite a bit with purposefully obtuse people over the past few weeks; people in positions of decision-making power misrepresenting and dishonouring their own policies in order to remain willfully ignorant regarding a blatant case of workplace bullying by a manager. Time and time again, I've gone back to the source material to point out facts, yet they continue to respond in ignorance; telling me what they think the policy should say rather than what it actually states.

It's hard to fight stupid.

h/t http://liberatingreality.com/ for the image and title.

#ignoranceisntbliss   #workplacebullying   #bullying   #lsw   #liebherr  ___

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2014-09-21 21:29:09 (31 comments, 4 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

This bothers me hugely.

I see this with human babies when I venture into town: mums ignoring the wailings of wee ones because it's supposed to be 'good for them' and they need to learn to 'self soothe'.

Excuse me.

If your child is an infant, then ignoring it is bad parenting. If you take on a near newborn puppy, then ignoring it is bad pet ownership.

The "self-soothing" concept is a excuse. No infant—human, feline, canine, or other—needs the trauma of feeling so neglected that they learn to "self soothe". What they need is the assurance that, when they wake up, you'll still be there and they'll still be safe.

PS: I don't get why this is a "hilarious" video.  I see absolutely zero funny about it.

This bothers me hugely.

I see this with human babies when I venture into town: mums ignoring the wailings of wee ones because it's supposed to be 'good for them' and they need to learn to 'self soothe'.

Excuse me.

If your child is an infant, then ignoring it is bad parenting. If you take on a near newborn puppy, then ignoring it is bad pet ownership.

The "self-soothing" concept is a excuse. No infant—human, feline, canine, or other—needs the trauma of feeling so neglected that they learn to "self soothe". What they need is the assurance that, when they wake up, you'll still be there and they'll still be safe.

PS: I don't get why this is a "hilarious" video.  I see absolutely zero funny about it.___

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2014-09-20 19:33:06 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Firefly artistic study by the talented +Lance MacCarty.

I always wished that I could paint. My mother certainly could; she was an incredibly talented artist. But I didn't get her talent. So, I bask in the talent of others... like Lance, who happens to use his artistic talent to bring artistic depth to some of my favourite characters and scenes from my favourite programme.

#Firefly   #painting   #surroundedbyawesome  

Here's the process from my last Firefly study. Everyone have a great weekend :) More studies on Monday!

#Firefly   #serenity   #jaynecobb  ___Firefly artistic study by the talented +Lance MacCarty.

I always wished that I could paint. My mother certainly could; she was an incredibly talented artist. But I didn't get her talent. So, I bask in the talent of others... like Lance, who happens to use his artistic talent to bring artistic depth to some of my favourite characters and scenes from my favourite programme.

#Firefly   #painting   #surroundedbyawesome  

2014-09-19 12:20:12 (14 comments, 3 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

What is bullying?
and why is it still such a prevalent thing in the workplace?

According to the UK Equality Act 2010, harassment is “unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic, which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual.” The protected characteristics include: age, sex, disability, gender, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, and sexual orientation.

Bullying is defined the same as harassment, but doesn't involve any of the protected characteristics. Harassment is illegal. Bullying is not. This makes bullying a much harder thing to fight, especially in the workplace where it is often [falsely] felt to be in management’s self-interest to maintain a perpetual state ofdenial.... more »

What is bullying?
and why is it still such a prevalent thing in the workplace?

According to the UK Equality Act 2010, harassment is “unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic, which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual.” The protected characteristics include: age, sex, disability, gender, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, and sexual orientation.

Bullying is defined the same as harassment, but doesn't involve any of the protected characteristics. Harassment is illegal. Bullying is not. This makes bullying a much harder thing to fight, especially in the workplace where it is often [falsely] felt to be in management’s self-interest to maintain a perpetual state of denial.

While different tactics are used when it comes to ignoring bullying, one that we all are guilty of to some degree is judging what it is by our own stick rather than the victim’s: “That conversation or behaviour wouldn’t have bothered me.” “Yes, he was yelling and swearing at me, but I would have just got back in his face.” “She doesn’t mean it the way you take it.” “I wasn’t offended, so why should you be?” And, the biggie of the male-oriented workplace: “It’s a man’s environment here; you need to toughen up.”

The thing is, by its very definition, what constitutes bullying and harassment is founded in how it makes the victim feel. So while yes, there are certain behaviours and actions that are always associated with bullying, there are certain things that need to be considered whenever bullying is reported. This is especially true when you are in charge of dealing with bullying at work: 

Foremost on this list is consideration for how the behaviour made the victim feel; what affect it had on him or her. It doesn’t matter how you would have reacted. It doesn’t matter what a group of [often biased] managers or employees think. It is the victim’s classification of the behaviour as unwanted (belittling, undermining, intimidating, threatening, etc.) that matters. The rest is meaningless speculation, and to assert decisions based upon that speculation could be construed as an attempt to minimise the situation and protect the bully.

It is also important to consider history. Nothing happens in a void, so if this is the third or 10th time someone has been reported for bullying, then that person is a bully and you need to do something decisive about it. No one man or woman is worth that kind of disruption to a workforce.

Bullies cause stress, which lowers the immune system and results in higher instances of sickness. Bullies lower morale and that means more quality employees leaving and/or going on unnecessary [often work stress-related] sick leave. People avoid working with bullies, which has a negative business effect. Bullies drive service people and suppliers away, which also effects how well a business runs. Allowing a bully to remain long term in your establishment sends a message that you think bullying is acceptable behaviour, which results in the creation of a bully culture. That, in turn, and has a negative effect on a business’s ability to attract and keep quality employees. If none of that sways you, then consider this: Becoming known for harbouring a bully culture ruins a company’s reputation.

For me, it seems common sense and good business practice to promote a culture that discourages bullying and that, if it appears, to tackle it swiftly and firmly. However, these past three months have taught me that some companies don’t see it that way, especially when the bully is member of management.

I wish I had a solution. I wish that pointing out these things to someone in a position of power would make them realise how detrimental protecting a bully behind an impervious wall of denial is to their business over time. But you know the saying: If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

#workplacebullying   #bullying   #liebherr   #lsw  ___

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2014-09-18 21:23:06 (10 comments, 3 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

I may be silent, but I'm not dead. I'm certainly not beaten.

Take my love, take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don't care, I'm still free
You can't take the sky from me





#workplacebullying   #bullying   #liebherr     #lsw  

I may be silent, but I'm not dead. I'm certainly not beaten.

Take my love, take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don't care, I'm still free
You can't take the sky from me





#workplacebullying   #bullying   #liebherr     #lsw  ___

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2014-09-18 18:02:57 (27 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

I've got a good head start on this;

a very good head start... 




h/t and mwah for the find, +Pat Smyth 

One of my favourite poems...
Warning

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple. 

Jenny Joseph

p.s I know the colour in the picture is pink, but that's what wearing purple does for you! ;) 

#fb   #tum  ___I've got a good head start on this;

a very good head start... 




h/t and mwah for the find, +Pat Smyth 

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2014-09-12 13:35:59 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

My Bipolar Life

I've never seen Homeland, so I cannot attest to whether Clare Danes' character's behaviour mimics my experience or not. Reading this article, I am a bit envious of the manic depressive who only has one day of serious mania. If only. While my hypomanic states can be a day or a few hours, my major manics last weeks, often months... endless days during which time I act irrationally, take serious risks with my life, alienate everybody, and lose everything I've worked for and accumulated since my last major manic.

These manic episodes are followed by a long-term depressive states in which I am filled with self-loathing because the things that I have done whilst manic. They too, can last for months.

While major manics only happen once every few years, the result is devastating. Depression happens far more often, and those episodes can be... more »

My Bipolar Life

I've never seen Homeland, so I cannot attest to whether Clare Danes' character's behaviour mimics my experience or not. Reading this article, I am a bit envious of the manic depressive who only has one day of serious mania. If only. While my hypomanic states can be a day or a few hours, my major manics last weeks, often months... endless days during which time I act irrationally, take serious risks with my life, alienate everybody, and lose everything I've worked for and accumulated since my last major manic.

These manic episodes are followed by a long-term depressive states in which I am filled with self-loathing because the things that I have done whilst manic. They too, can last for months.

While major manics only happen once every few years, the result is devastating. Depression happens far more often, and those episodes can be insidious and lengthy. Rapid cycling is the norm for me. Up, down, up, down, up, down, normal, up down, up, down, up, down, normal. Rinse, repeat, ad infinitum. 

Now that I am of a certain age (52 next month), the major manics seem to be gone (although hypomania still happens). My battles now are more with depression and GAD, and these things can be quite debilitating. 

Do  I miss my manics? I miss the energy. I miss the heightened self-esteem. I miss the quick wit. I don't miss the psychosis, the crazy behaviour, or the sense of being bullet proof and invincible (because that just makes you do stupid, stupid, things).

Anyway, we've been talking about bipolar disorder today, which led to Homeland, which led to this article (thanks +Pat Smyth), which led to this post. 

Comments welcome. 

#bipolar   #mentalillness   #mooddisorders  ___

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2014-09-12 11:54:26 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Crash course in bipolar and depressive disorders

Some good information in this. 

Thanks, +James Stallard for the share! 

#bipolardisorder   #mentalillness   #mooddisorders  

He used Hexidecimal from ReBoot! OMG.___Crash course in bipolar and depressive disorders

Some good information in this. 

Thanks, +James Stallard for the share! 

#bipolardisorder   #mentalillness   #mooddisorders  

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2014-09-11 22:04:27 (25 comments, 1 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

I am so proud of my husband.

Tomorrow morning he enters the fray. He combats the company's leader; the man who has thus far protected bullies for reasons that I can't justify in-between my ears.

My husband's only weapon is truth. It may not be enough. 

Still it is enough. Enough to make a stand.

I have promised to write the truth no matter what. If LSW does the right thing, then I will write about it... with joy and pride.

 If they continue to try and cover up the bullying and corruption, then I will write about that, too.

If they choose to come at me, then bring it on.

I've never lied. I've said nothing that cannot be backed by documentation. You want to open that can of worms, then let's dance. 

#workplacebullying   #bullying   #liebherr     #lsw  

I am so proud of my husband.

Tomorrow morning he enters the fray. He combats the company's leader; the man who has thus far protected bullies for reasons that I can't justify in-between my ears.

My husband's only weapon is truth. It may not be enough. 

Still it is enough. Enough to make a stand.

I have promised to write the truth no matter what. If LSW does the right thing, then I will write about it... with joy and pride.

 If they continue to try and cover up the bullying and corruption, then I will write about that, too.

If they choose to come at me, then bring it on.

I've never lied. I've said nothing that cannot be backed by documentation. You want to open that can of worms, then let's dance. 

#workplacebullying   #bullying   #liebherr     #lsw  ___

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2014-09-10 20:41:48 (19 comments, 1 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

Autumn Cleaning Time

I spent the day autumn cleaning. I've still got a way to go, but it was a good start. I got the front cleaned up, which is always the worst part of the chore because it isn't private.

Our house has no front garden, so our door opens up on the street almost literally. Grime and dirt, other people's rubbish, and the occasional blood splatter from a brawl out front [courtesy of the pub next door] make for a not-very-inviting doorstep. When you clean it, it's like being on display. Every passer-by has to get a good look. Our newest illegals were fascinated, and watched intently from their window. At one point, I wanted to offer popcorn and charge a fee...

So, scrub, scrub, scrub, sweep up the part of the communal pavement and street that is in front of our house, collect everyone else's rubbish and voilà! It'll be clean until... more »

Autumn Cleaning Time

I spent the day autumn cleaning. I've still got a way to go, but it was a good start. I got the front cleaned up, which is always the worst part of the chore because it isn't private.

Our house has no front garden, so our door opens up on the street almost literally. Grime and dirt, other people's rubbish, and the occasional blood splatter from a brawl out front [courtesy of the pub next door] make for a not-very-inviting doorstep. When you clean it, it's like being on display. Every passer-by has to get a good look. Our newest illegals were fascinated, and watched intently from their window. At one point, I wanted to offer popcorn and charge a fee...

So, scrub, scrub, scrub, sweep up the part of the communal pavement and street that is in front of our house, collect everyone else's rubbish and voilà! It'll be clean until tomorrow, when there will be new grime and new rubbish.

Still, it makes me happy to have it done. Although, I could have used a couple of raccoons and a squirrel... and maybe a deer or two.

Tomorrow more domestic type stuff. For now, I'm combating this urge to sing whilst dusting with vodka.___

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2014-09-10 11:42:22 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

The Rise of the Independents
independent booksellers in the US on the rise

There is something about being in a small, quirky book store that is like being moved out of time and space. The world is held at bay and, for a short period of time, you feel as if nothing is impossible.

I appreciate Amazon for the quick find and purchase of a specific book, just as I appreciate e-readers for the convenience of having a library of books contained within a tablet-sized space. For me though, neither of these things will ever completely replace real books and real book stores. They can't because they haven't got the elements of imagination and wonder.

A good story can make me forget that I'm holding an e-reader, but I still miss that satisfying moment of closing the book, putting it down, and giving the cover the casual caress shared with a friend. And I have never gotten... more »

___The Rise of the Independents
independent booksellers in the US on the rise

There is something about being in a small, quirky book store that is like being moved out of time and space. The world is held at bay and, for a short period of time, you feel as if nothing is impossible.

I appreciate Amazon for the quick find and purchase of a specific book, just as I appreciate e-readers for the convenience of having a library of books contained within a tablet-sized space. For me though, neither of these things will ever completely replace real books and real book stores. They can't because they haven't got the elements of imagination and wonder.

A good story can make me forget that I'm holding an e-reader, but I still miss that satisfying moment of closing the book, putting it down, and giving the cover the casual caress shared with a friend. And I have never gotten 'lost' on Amazon; whereas, I can easily lose an afternoon in a good book store.

From the article:

Not only have numbers of stores increased, but sales at indies have grown about 8 percent a year over the past three years, which exceeds the growth of book sales in general.

[...] while indies cannot compete with Amazon’s inventory, Amazon evidently cannot supplant indies as shopping and social experiences.

The independent stores will never be more than a niche business of modest sales and very modest profitability. But the same is true for many small businesses, which makes them no less vital—but also means they’ll never be candidates for public markets. [...] The independents, meanwhile, offer something neither Amazon nor the chains can: attention to the quirky needs of their customer base. For the Upper West Side and thousands of other neighborhoods, those stores have turned out to be irreplaceable.

#books   #reading  

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2014-09-09 13:31:58 (29 comments, 12 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

UK Immigration Gone Fruitloop

I am sharing this with the couple's blessing.

The background:

My friends David and Maria have been married since 1970. He is British born and she is Dutch. Their son is considered a British citizen. They met and lived in Canada for most of their married lives. When they married, she gave up Dutch citizenship and received a Canadian passport. It was thought at the time that she would assume the same citizenship as her husband held: British. 

So, when they moved to the UK and bought a home with the intent of moving here to take care of David's elderly mother, there seemed to be no question as to her right to remain. Things were going fine until April, when they returned from a trip to Malta, and she was detained at the border by UK Immigration. She was held and fingerprinted, and then released on a short-term, limited... more »

UK Immigration Gone Fruitloop

I am sharing this with the couple's blessing.

The background:

My friends David and Maria have been married since 1970. He is British born and she is Dutch. Their son is considered a British citizen. They met and lived in Canada for most of their married lives. When they married, she gave up Dutch citizenship and received a Canadian passport. It was thought at the time that she would assume the same citizenship as her husband held: British. 

So, when they moved to the UK and bought a home with the intent of moving here to take care of David's elderly mother, there seemed to be no question as to her right to remain. Things were going fine until April, when they returned from a trip to Malta, and she was detained at the border by UK Immigration. She was held and fingerprinted, and then released on a short-term, limited leave-to-remain with instructions that she must leave her passport with the authorities and be out of the country by the date given. Basically, she was deported until such time that she could obtain a spouse's visa.

Thousands of dollar and the stress of being separated for several months later, they've now told Maria that being married for 43 years to the same man isn't proof enough of their relationship to grant her the needed visa. This news came the same day as David was asked to run for Mayor in the UK town they live in.

This is a direct quote from UK Visas & Immigration re: her application for a spouse's visa:

You state that you have been married to your sponsor since 7/12/1970. However, you have not provided any evidence that your relationship is still subsisting. It is reasonable to expect that in a genuine subsisting, supportive and affectionate relationship, there would be evidence of regular contact, signs of companionship, emotional support, affection and abiding interest in each other’s welfare and wellbeing throughout the entire duration of your relationship.

I am therefore not satisfied from the evidence provided that your relationship with your sponsor is still subsisting. I therefore am not satisfied your relationship with your sponsor is genuine and subsisting or that you intend to live together permanently in the UK. I therefore refuse your application.

As of now, she is still in Canada with no way to join her husband in the UK. 

Immigration separates them and then uses the separation to deny a visa. This truly takes the biscuit.

#ukimmigration  ___

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2014-09-09 10:04:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

You want whistleblowers to work within the system, then you need to insure that the system works

I am taking all sorts of flack for writing about my husband's ordeals with work regarding a bullying claim. I can understand why; I am not a fan of the name and shame culture, and I believe that we should always try to go through proper channels to get things sorted before going 'freelance'. The problem is, in this particular case, the proper channels don't work. They never have.

This is a company that has a long history of not acknowledging the bullying that goes on daily in that factory. Managers are so protected that, even in the face of five or six grievances, they feel no pressure to change. Management is so corrupt that they'd rather plot to get rid of men who dare speak out than make the much-needed changes. The bottom line: I gave the system a chance, and... more »

You want whistleblowers to work within the system, then you need to insure that the system works

I am taking all sorts of flack for writing about my husband's ordeals with work regarding a bullying claim. I can understand why; I am not a fan of the name and shame culture, and I believe that we should always try to go through proper channels to get things sorted before going 'freelance'. The problem is, in this particular case, the proper channels don't work. They never have.

This is a company that has a long history of not acknowledging the bullying that goes on daily in that factory. Managers are so protected that, even in the face of five or six grievances, they feel no pressure to change. Management is so corrupt that they'd rather plot to get rid of men who dare speak out than make the much-needed changes. The bottom line: I gave the system a chance, and management and HR did exactly what they always do: Nothing. At this point in time, my husband is expected to return to work under the exact same conditions and wait to be sacked. Am I really supposed to sit by in silence and watch that happen?

This article talks about much higher-end stuff, but I feel that it is quite applicable to the situation we are in now. I've blown a whistle here because his and other men's blowing one there has been ignored.

From the article:

It is generally better for all concerned if whistle-blowers operate within the system, and it is dangerous when people freelance. But there's one big exception to this rule: when the system has itself been corrupted. When you're operating within a system in which whistle-blowers' concerns are not addressed—where the likelihood that any complaint you make within the system will be addressed is near zero, while the likelihood that you will be targeted for reprisals is high—then no sane person who is motivated by a desire to have his or her concern addressed will work within that system. That means that if ... you want whistleblowers to work within the system, you need to ensure that that system actually works.




#workplacebullying   #bullying   #liebherr   #lsw  ___

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