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April 2018  

Spring is finally here and we wave goodbye (hopefully) to the snow. It is worth remembering that in all the challenges - the ups and downs - of business it is still supposed to be something we enjoy. Several people have said to us recently that they are stuck in a job that they do not like. Indeed, they hate it. Our recommendation is to go and find a new one! If we become hostage to our own situation then how can we expect it to improve? We have to be pro-active if we want change. It won't just fall in our laps. We are lucky (but also we forged the situation ourselves) in that we are doing what we love, and we are very grateful for that. If your situation won't change, then change the way you think about your situation. That IS within your power.

Carl

My book CHESS BEHIND BARS is available from Quality Chess here:

www.qualitychess.co.uk

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

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.

The UK Delancey Chess Schools Challenge tournament has finished at my local school and I admire the way that all 40 kids played their best chess over the board for seven weeks. I still maintain that chess does not create character, it reveals it. There were tears, and whoops of joy but competition certainly brought out the best in creativity with the youngsters aged 9 to 13. I also visited Gosford Hill School in Kidlington to present the winenrs trophy there, and I also enjoyed a coaching session wit the chess group there.

I have some more 1:1 chess coaching booked and pleased do consider it for yourself or your child (aged 8 upwards) as it is extremely beneficial to juniors across the school curriculum. (See my chess pages). I have doubled my work in schools now, and have been coaching chess at the Dragon School in Oxford for several years now. This is the same school where the likes of poet laureate Sir John Betjeman and actor Hugh Laurie attended so there is kudos to the appointment. I aslo found out that actor Tom Hiddleson attended the school. I hope some of the youngsters in my classes go on to forge great careers doing something they love.

I am still working with the chess in prisons programme for the English Chess Federation on a voluntary basis. I a 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 victorian chess players, and indeed my motivational talk about life as an ICD patient - which has been very well received in the UK and abroad. 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...

Susan

I continue my work with Harley Davidson as an SAP consultant and I am also working with the Birchman Group. I am due to do some work in Germany and in Kent. I find that if you want the work, it is out there. 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.

In my spare time (yeah, right!) I show my two border collies and I have been 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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