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PMBehave…

I played golf last night… making hay whilst the sun shines. The weather in the UK this summer has been shocking. So any breaks in the rain (not many!) and you’ll find me swinging a club. I’ve been trying to get my handicap down.

I’d like to say it’s been as easy as falling off a log. But last night whilst searching for my ball, way off the fairway, in the middle of a dark, dark wood, I DID fall off a log!! Not a pretty sight, me, buried neck down in nettles and brambles, whilst the PMB Marketing Director rolled around the floor laughing.

She’d better watch out – Marketing Directors are in ample abundance at the moment….

It’s a good job the business is better than the golf!

There’s more good news coming out of Indonesia regarding Social Networking Software. I shall be going back to Jakarta in the next couple of weeks to sign up another client. Exciting stuff for PMB… We have also been in touch with an old friend from the Ivory Coast, there are many opportunities in West Africa for our business, and I’ll drop by on the way back to the UK…We are in the race to supply a telecom operator in Uganda with batteries..watch this space… they are cheaper than chips, but without sacrificing the quality…

I’m glad the summer (?) is coming to an end… the kids have been off school for months, they must be bored stiff by now. And whilst it’s all very lovely having them at home all day every day – it’s bloody expensive!

Just to close out, this was the funniest one-liner at this year’s Edinburgh Festival, a bit like our holiday this year:

“I’ve just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I’ll tell you what, never again.”

Indonesia

I’m in Indonesia, celebrating – clinching a deal with a client here re social networking software… At least, I’d like to be celebrating, but of course it’s Ramadan, so we’re raising a glass of diet Coke to the future of PMB in Jakarta. Exciting stuff. I feel like I’ve just given birth, having nursed this deal for the past several months. In fact, I’m hoping it’s a multiple birth, there’s definitely something else in the pipeline…

Indonesia is such a vibrant country, the opportunities here are endless, I  just wish they could sort the traffic problems out. Maybe it’s something you just get used to…

The Dutch began to colonize Indonesia in the early 17th century; Japan occupied the islands from 1942 to 1945. Indonesia declared its independence after Japan’s surrender, but it required four years of intermittent negotiations, recurring hostilities, and UN mediation before the Netherlands agreed to transfer sovereignty in 1949. Indonesia’s first free parliamentary election after decades of repressive rule took place in 1999. Indonesia is now the world’s third-largest democracy, the world’s largest archipelagic state, and home to the world’s largest Muslim population. Current issues include: alleviating poverty, improving education, preventing terrorism, consolidating democracy after four decades of authoritarianism, implementing economic and financial reforms, stemming corruption, holding the military and police accountable for past human rights violations, addressing climate change, and controlling avian influenza. In 2005, Indonesia reached a historic peace agreement with armed separatists in Aceh, which led to democratic elections in Aceh in December 2006. Indonesia continues to face low intensity armed resistance by the separatist Free Papua Movement.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!

It’s all been rather busy at HQ. What with moving house and several international business trips – it’s all go!

I recently returned from Jakarta, Indonesia, where there was a lot of interest in our Social Networks Solution software,  the take up for this will be fantastic, so anticipate a return trip in the next few days to cross some ‘t’s etc… I’ll probably call in on a new client in Cambodia, and the CommunicAsia Fair in Singapore. Seems the pull to the Far East has overtaken you guys in Africa. Just when there was a little football tournament going on there as well! COME ON THE DUTCH!

Anyway, can you believe it? It’s our birthday. We are one year old this week. Feels like ten years. Our feet haven’t touched the ground, and hand on heart we couldn’t have asked for a better start.

Business has snowballed, far exceeding our expectations, especially in the current financial squeeze. So a big thank you to all our customers out there. As my friends in the Redskins might say – Keep on keeping on. Maybe we should have a party to celebrate?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbhEsiGurEQ

Signing off here, have a tender to check for tomorrow. No peace for the wicked….

Espana por favor?

We made it back between plumes from Majorca. It was all a little nerve-wracking. Ryanair has just grounded two jets at Belfast having found volcanic ash in their engines. To be honest, I was more worried about the hazards in the cabin. Two braying stag parties competed for the attention of a dozen Scouse lasses on a hen do.

Chanting, jeering, belching drunkards, and that was just the girls. Which reminds me:

Bloke was sitting on a barstool, drinking a pint, at Heathrow airport, when a really beautiful woman sat down next to him. Bloke thought to himself, “Wow, she’s so gorgeous, she must be a flight attendant, but which airline does she work for?”

Being a bit of a know-all and hoping to pick her up, he leaned towards her and uttered the Delta slogan, “Love to fly and it shows?”

She gave him a blank, confused stare, and bloke immediately thought to himself, “Damn, she doesn’t work for Delta”.

A moment later, another slogan popped into his head. He leaned towards her again, “Something special in the air?”

She gave him the same confused look.

He mentally kicked himself and scratched Singapore Airlines off the list.Next he tried the Thai Airways slogan, “Smooth as silk”.

This time the woman turned on him, “What the f*** do you want?”

Bloke smiled, and said, “Ah, Ryanair!”

We stayed in Pollensa. There weren’t many hen parties there, but hoards of old ladies with zimmer frames and purple perms, with veins to match.

The weather was fantastic. Made us realise just how long our winter has been. We’re having a serious think about shipping out. Just for a few months. Just to get over the bloody winter. Pipe dreams. But with a laptop and phone each, why not? Global villages.

Anyway, back home, to the rain and central heating and political chaos. What happened to you all? Clegg didn’t manage to convert all the hype, and you Brits aren’t as liberal as you’d like to think you are.

Tough times ahead with all the Clubmed Countries on the brink of bankruptcy.

What a mess.

We’d all like to vote for the best man but he’s never a candidate.

Back from Egypt now. I think it was Egypt anyway, only there for 24 hours and didn’t venture from the hotel. There just wasn’t time. The meetings went well, orders were placed, and there are more samples and demo kit on their way to our customers. The new products were well received, so we were really pleased about that.

I wasn’t very pleased about the volcanic ash cloud on the way home though.

Several UK airports were closed again. I certainly didn’t want to be marooned in Paris, especially when we’re off to Majorca in 24 hours on our postponed weekend away… Postponed as a result of the last volcanic ash fracas.

(Icelandic Volcano? I thought the dust was coming from Man City’s trophy cabinet!) I think it’s too soon to make jokes about the Icelandic volcano…we should at least wait until the dust settles.

We’ll be missing fall out of another kind anyway. The election looms and as I cannot vote, I am canvassing her indoors. She would of course be mad not to vote LibDem, and no, not just cos it’s all about the orange. However, in our constituency there is a candidate standing for The True English (Poetry) Party.

She’s threatening to vote for them. And I don’t think she’s winding me up.

The Cheeky Girls, famous of course for being the escort of Lembit Opik.