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November 2020 

Carl

Clearly, Covid-19 has at least temporarily changed the world we live in. There's nothing new to say other than we follow the rules set down by government. Fortunately we can both work from home, although I have had to cancel chess coaching sessions, lectures and prison visits. 

We will keep abreast of the government advice, safe in the knowledge that there is always sunshine after rain.

If you want a good read during lockdown, my book on prisons chess is available from:

www.qualitychess.co.uk

It is also available from Chess Direct, Chess and Bridge of London or Amazon.

Feedback has been excellent, which naturally pleases me. Daily Mail columnist Dominic Lawson said that "Portman [...] has enlightened the society of criminals with the best of humanity". I met my local MP Victoria Prentice who supports my prisons work, and have appeared on radio and in the Daily Mail, The Times, The Wall Street Journal, London Evening Standard, and even a Greek Newspaper along with various chess magazines and online at the CHESSBASE website.

I still offer chess coaching so please do consider it for yourself or your child (aged 9 upwards) as it is extremely beneficial to juniors across the school curriculum. (See my chess pages). I continue to coach chess in schools (before and after Covid-19) and I am still working with the chess in prisons programme for the English Chess Federation on a voluntary basis. I am always interested to hear stories related to chess in prisons and donations for books and chess equipment are always gratefully received.

I am available for lectures on natural history The rainforest/Spiders and myths/the life of the tarantula etc, chess, eminent chess players, and indeed my motivational talk about life as an ICD heart patient - which has been very well received in the UK and abroad. I even appear in a British Heart Foundation booklet! If you wish to book me for a lecture or just want to discuss possibilities please do make contact. A new lecture is booked for a local group and I am calling it 'Animals and mythology'.

See some of our testimonials on the testimonials page...

Thanks for looking in and please do contact us if you think we can help you. 

Susan

Covid-19 and all its ramifications aside...

I continue my work with Harley Davidson as an SAP consultant and I am also working with the Birchman Group. I am working almost exclusively from home at the moment. 

Working with different companies keeps my skill-set fresh and always opens up other opportunities. Problem solving is something I have always enjoyed but the added bonus of meeting new people here in the UK and abroad makes it even better.

I have also been mentoring others in SAP work in order to help them be the best at what they are doing. Sharing knowledge is as rewarding as receiving it. 

In my spare time (yeah, right!) I show my two border collies (well, I did bedore Covid-19) and was busy going around the country at weekends meeting up with old friends and in some cases, winning some very nice awards - or at least the dogs have.

Thanks for looking in,

carpe diem

Carl and Sue

 

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