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I am a freelance writer and transcriber. I also do voluntary work in the local community, including dog walking. I am interested in the environment, welfare benefits, issues around volunteering for organisations, 1960s/1970s music, Powell & Pressburger films and animal welfare issues.
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Recent pages by MidgetGem

The story of one man's journey from boy to adult in a post-Y2K disaster ridden world.
Discovering I was being made redundant was a surprise as I'd only been in the job a few months. But I am not upset, I just have to move on.
I am now 50 years old and I have noticed my eyesight getting worse in the last year or two. I used to love reading but I now find it difficult to read normal sized font books. Thank goodness for large print.
Can self confidence be taught as a subject in its own right? I will give the reasons why I think the answer is no. Feel free to comment or disagree with me as you wish, it is always interesting to learn other points of view.
Parents and carers know that school holiday time can be a budgeting nightmare. Fortunately there are plenty of free and low cost things to do to and places to visit. With a bit of research and imagination you can plan a whole week of fun for the children without breaking the bank.
Job interviews can be both exciting and daunting. Learning a few simple tips on how to handle interviews can put you ahead of the competition when going for the job you really want.
The trials and tribulations of keeping family members happy. Being a parent means you get the blame when it all goes wrong, you get the blame when the children make mistakes, but it all works out in the end.
When you apply for a job the company will often ask you to enclose a covering letter with your CV. This can be done either online via email or by post, but either way it makes sense to write a really good covering letter.
Freelance transcription is fascinating and no two days are ever the same. If you love hearing people's stories you will enjoy this kind of work. However, as with other kinds of work, there are pitfalls to look out for when entering the world of transcription.
Some tips on how to get into transcription work. Transcription work involves accurately audio typing one to one interviews, focus groups, telephone calls, medical reports, legal documents and much more. If you find human communication fascinating then this could be the perfect job fo...
Dressing well does not mean buying expensive designer outfits. You can dress very well on a tight budget if you take the time to learn what suits you. Once you have decided which clothes suit your body shape you will find it remarkably easy to look smart for very little money.
How to keep your volunteers coming back week after week.
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