We Are Moving Back To The UK

The tears in my last post were a quick realisation that we had to make a big decision.  In a positive and good way.

For us personally it was a difficult one, living a ten minute walk from the sea in a beautiful city like La Rochelle doesn’t get much better. The kids have made very close friends and are really settled, totally bilingual with zero accent. The daily markets, sunshine to match Monaco and amazing walks and runs by the coast really have made us very happy the past three years.

But with Ryanair playing with our flights, the ever decreasing euro and the fact we are busier than ever but unable to hire anyone here as our businesses are firmly in the UK, moving back has been making more and more sense recently.

Our businesses are growing fast, we need more support both from the business side and from family, we need to hire people and fix up an office, we need to go to the weekly conferences and meet-ups, enjoy beers with new friends and old ones too.  We need to kick ass. Hard.

So, as of December 2009, we are moving back to the UK, just North of London in leafy Hertfordshire.

It’s a great move for us, we get to live near my family again, near our good friends and importantly 45 mins from London on the train.  The kids will be able to move back to familiar classes with friends and we’ll be able to carry on as before.  Only this time, with our own independence, our future dictated by us.  Secretly we know that we are back for good, in a bloody positive way and we can’t wait!

See you all in December.

Today I cried

More than I can remember. My Mum held me.  I drank rum with my Dad, and finally saw the light.

It seems the dream is turning into growth.  Growth of Sylvie and I and our little family unit.  And not the end of a dream, the start of us kicking arse.

More soon.

We’ve had a big ride to get here, looks like the ride just started again, this time, we are coming faster and harder than ever.

You so knew we would. x

UPDATE!! No we are not expecting a baby, nor is anything up between Sylvie and I!!  We are all 100% fine, just needed to make a very very strong business decision.

What To Do With Contacts When A Friend Or Family Member Dies

Some really sad family news today has prompted me to re-visit this question..when a friend or family member dies, what should you do regarding the contact details all over your technology?

I am talking mobile phone details, MSN contact, Skype contact, Twitter, Facebook, email etc etc.

A year ago a really close friend died – out of the blue – I still have his name and number on my mobile phone and feel I can’t delete it as it would be disrespectful (I know, crazy!).

With the sudden death of a close family member today, my Daughter, an 11 year old, said “I am never deleting him off MSN”.  She spoke with my wife’s Uncle almost daily on MSN, they were close and it is a heartbreaking seeing your child so upset but the underlying question is, what should we do with contacts after their death?

I know everyone needs to grieve and some find different things help aid the recovery and help get through the pain.  But is there a kind-of unwritten rule with technology?

What have you done, did you delete the contact from your phone or removed them from your MSN or Skype?  I have to say I am struggling to know what tell my Daughter to do and guess she’ll probably remove the contact one day, but the longer it stays, the longer it becomes a personal memorial – clearly I will do nothing right now as it is so fresh.

Any ideas appreciated.

The Sad Side Of Recession

Just back from getting some last minute (in fact all) Christmas presents.  I always shop two or three days before the big day as there are huge savings to be made and with the Pound plummeting against the Euro we need to save all we can.

What I really found shocking was the sight of Woolworths.  This store was part of my Christmas present schedule, they always had the more hard to find gifts and offered fantastic stocking fillers.  This year, with the chain due to shut in the next few days, the scene was truly awful.  The staff seemed to be scurrying around and trying to keep what is now a jumble sale, tidy, they also all know that they face starting 2009 without a job.  How they can continue working knowing that, I will never know.

I took some pictures, I felt bad but as a blogger want to keep the gritty side of recession and what it means as a reminder on this blog.  I do this in the hope that in happier times to come, however far away that may be, we can all look back to this dark day and remember how we felt walking around a sinking ship and remember what we needed to do to survive after.  Sorry not a happy Christmas post, they can be seen on fuelmyblog’s blog.

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Sadly they are also selling the shelves and staff lockers etc:


I can’t find the words, but hope the folks losing their jobs manage to find something fast.