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Singapore ex-pat’s guest post – Jonathan Hardy on moving from a corporate life to the gig economy.

Singapore ex-pat’s guest post – Jonathan Hardy on moving from a corporate life to the gig economy.

In 2019, after a long career in advertising sales, Jonathan Hardy, aged 54, left his company to build a ‘portfolio career’ intended to carry him into the last 10-20 years of his working life. Unfortunately, unpredictable world events, like the disturbances in Hong Kong and Covid 19, significantly impacted his plan almost before it started.… Continue reading…

Singapore Ex-Pat’s guest blog: Sophie McDermott, founder of Women’s Writes

Singapore Ex-Pat’s guest blog: Sophie McDermott, founder of Women’s Writes

Welcome to Sophie McDermott’s guest blog.  She is the first of five guests I will be welcoming on this post between now and the end of September. Each of my guests has inspired or fascinated me and it’s a pleasure to be able to introduce them to you. Sophie McDermott is a graduate, (2018), of Newcastle… Continue reading…

Ex-pat view of WW2 veteran, William Earl’s 105th Birthday

Ex-pat view of WW2 veteran, William Earl’s 105th Birthday

This blog is devoted to my old friend and co-author, William Earl, who celebrated his 105th birthday on 12th May. William and I have been friends since February 2009, when we started working on his WW2 memoir,  Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in the RAMC Field Ambulance 1940-1946.  He’s seen Tom grow up.… Continue reading…

Coronavirus – an ex-pat’s view from Singapore – Circuit Breaker 2

Coronavirus – an ex-pat’s view from Singapore – Circuit Breaker 2

Recently, Singapore has hit the headlines due to the sharp rise in COVID 19 cases. As a result, its slipped from being a nation to emulate, to one learning painful lessons. The increase was a consequence of the virus taking hold in the cramp and dirty dormitory accommodation provided for migrant workers. Millions live in… Continue reading…

Coronavirus- an expat’s view from Singapore – Masks and migrants.

Coronavirus- an expat’s view from Singapore – Masks and migrants.

On 7th April, Circuit Breaker came into force. 80% of the workforce are now working from home and the use of public transport and traffic volume has decreased by more than 70%.  To prevent the spread of the virus free masks have been distributed and on Wednesday 15th April, it became compulsory to wear them… Continue reading…

Book club questions for Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in the RAMC Field Ambulance 1940-1946

Book club questions for Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in the RAMC Field Ambulance 1940-1946

Hello and welcome to this post. I was delighted to learn that book clubs are reading Blood and Bandages, so I thought I’d suggest some questions. Book club questions What do you think happened to Mary and why? 2. With which character did you most identify and why? 3. Would you have understood William’s story without,… Continue reading…

Thoughts on expat life in Singapore and an update on Blood and Bandages.

Thoughts on expat life in Singapore and an update on Blood and Bandages.

Life as an expat is mixed. You have the excitement of sights that broaden your mind… challenge your faith… transfix… shame… and surprise. Upon arrival, we were embraced by the English speaking expat community and automatically included by dint of being there. It’s a community which includes, English, American, Australian and Dutch, all of whom… Continue reading…