General observations

The Story of Susan Boyle

This is an amazingly heart-warming story. Susan Boyle is an unemployed 47 year old who has never been kissed before in her life. She hails from a small Scottish village – where the heck is West Lothian?  At the April 11th show of “Britain's Got Talent” 2009 , she...

Prime Minister – funny speech from a passionate Kiwi

The Prime Minister John Key gave this speech at the KEA World Class New Zealanders dinner two nights ago. I went along last year, but missed out on this year's.  It's great what KEA is doing to celebrate the success of Kiwis.  Well done Ivan. Check out PM's  speech...

Working with China – key tips

I came across a good story in the Summer issue of Bright, the NZTE magazine that goes out to people interested in international business. Key stories in this issue include coping with the international credit crisis; insights on trading in the Middle East; tips on perfecting your sales pitch;...

Job summit the answer to unemployment?

When I started working as a graduate in 1999, the unemployment rate was 7.5%. The unemployment rate now is about 4.2%. It just seems to me like everyone is so much more despondent this time around. Is this because we've had so many years of low unemployment and economic...

How does knowing another language make you more money?

Times are tough. People are worried that they might lose their jobs as the unemployment rate starts creeping up. Job summit or no job summit. As always, during difficult times, the ones worst hit are the ones who are lacking in qualifications and experience. It's time to upskill. It...

French Film Festival starting February 09

The French Film Festival kicks off in Auckland next week. Running from  February viagra for sale 18-26 at Rialto Newmarket, this annual event is bound to attract many local Francophiles. Tickets cost $15.50. We highly recommend all our French students check out the films on offer.  For those of...

Different cultural attitudes to navigating the recession

It's a privelege to have my friend Mitchell Pham, Director of Augen Software Group, to be our guest blogger today. We share very similar views on how we should approach the current recession; and we're both perennial optimists. Mitchell has just come back to NZ after having spent a...

Fortune favours the brave

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” – Elbert Hubbard In such perilous times, a common response is for people to hunker down and not try anything new, waiting for the storm to pass. I came across some McKinsey...

How many Italian words for pasta?

OK you know spaghetti. And lasagne. How about Agnolotti and Bigoli? The Italians have just about as many words for pasta as the Eskimos have for snow. If you're like me, you get really confused with the pasta listed on the menu when you eat out. If you're not...