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This new job… I’ve been had!

A few months back, I went for a new job. It was best described as a personal assistant to a VIP,and it sounded promising. Other people who had done it talked about it as being a great role and really worthwhile. The rewards and benefits package was termed generous although was loosely defined. There are a few downsides, the job is a fixed term contract of 60+ years, and is non-negotiable. Those who work in the role also said how much work is involved, but not until I’d signed the contract. On the plus side, it is a job share,…
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Happy 2016 Everybody

So here we are, mid way through the first week of the new year. The hangover of the holiday has been replaced by work, chores, and of course, eating the customary mountain of Christmas chocolate. Overall though, 2016 is looking to be a good year. For me, my personal highlights in 2016 will be becoming a father. Marking 10 years since I left secondary school, and five since I graduated from university. Also, continuing to grow in my role as an Information Security Professional. I’ve resolved to lose some weight, which means cutting down on the aforementioned chocolate, and getting…
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A bunch of random thoughts from Taiwan

I have been lucky enough to have spent the past two weeks in Taiwan. Although two days back at work is enough to make it feel like I haven’t had a holiday for months! While I was there I got to catch up with family and friends that I haven’t seen for many months. I also found myself with lots of opinions on a wide range of topics, I have included these here… The nanny state can sod off Not that I want to brag (too much), but I had the pleasure of enjoying a few days in Kenting, in…
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October: What a month!

Well, that was quite a month. Today is a rather wet and cold haloween night and this is the first post I’ve had a chance to put together this month. Admittedly a lot as happened, both for me and in the wider world. For the first two weeks of the month I was in Taiwan celebrating my wedding with my wife’s family which was hectic to say the least. I also had an interesting driving lesson, learning to navigate the mass of scooters zipping around Taipei like a game of Asteroids! On the plus side though, my wife is now…
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Explained: Entering the UK as the Taiwanese spouse of a UK citizen

As I announced three weeks ago today, I got married to my wife in lovely Taiwan. What I wasn’t sure of though is whether we were actually married in the UK. Having done some research online it appeared that this was not the case, the UK government would not recognise the marriage and we would need to marry again in the UK. Calls to citizens advice and a number of immigration specialists seemed to confirm this. On the other hand we have a couple of registry officers who claim that as long as the marriage is valid in Taiwan, then…
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Taiwan: January 2012

So, that’s it, all I have left to do now is get a few hours sleep, go to the airport and fly back to the UK via Hong Kong. My Taiwan holiday is officially over and it’s back to the real world of work, getting up at 6am every morning, broken toilets on the train, so on, so on, and so forth. But lets not be negative, so here’s the highlights… Lets start with the big one, I’m married! A few days ago I married my fiancee of nearly four-and-a-half years in a manner that reminded me more of going…
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