Australia – the movie

I was most fortunate enough to sit in La Premiere last night, and watch the movie “Australia”… and I have to tell you I loved it!

It is so Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin (one hell of an inspiring woman in her own right)… thank goodness. Given world events of the few last days, thankfully there are people around who can see the wonder and awe that the world has to offer (even if through rosier coloured glasses) and they are prepared to add their little bit to it for all to observe.

Was it perfect? certainly not.
Could holes be picked in it? absolutely.
But do I care?… not at all.
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and went on the ride that is an engaging and visually beautiful piece of production and direction.

I must also say that Hugh Jackman was not hard to look at for nearly 3 hours either! ooohhh la la

And if you’re wondering where the inspirational women are in this, then they are easy to find. The obvious one is Nicole Kidman’s character Lady Sarah Ashley, being a feisty and spirited woman who takes it all on, and wins (as you do with a plot such as this!)… but there are the other inspirational stories sprinkled in amongst the characters as well… Daisy (Nullahs mum), Bandy(?) (Nullahs grandmother) and Kath Fletcher to name but a few.

And as Baz points out on more than one occasion… “everyone has a story”

I will be going to see it again, and will take my 10 year old with me this time. I’m sure she will love the bigness of the film as much as I; and after all, “The Wizard of Oz” is still one of our favourite things!

Treat yourself to 3 hours of getting lost in a rollicking old tale.
a big thank you to all involved…

Small is Beautiful

Care of the Barefoot Investor; Scott Pape…I had to share this with you as he is making a lot of sense…

November 15, 2008
WITH world leaders running around spending billions – no, make that trillions – of dollars of our money in an effort to avert a global financial meltdown, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking your little stash of cash pales in comparison.

Rubbish. I know from personal experience that as little as a thousand bucks can change your life.

Coming up with a grand shouldn’t be too much of a stretch, especially if you’ve read and implemented a few suggestions from last week’s column. And if you didn’t, readers on my Herald Sun blog this week have added dozens more tight-ass tips.

Then again, if all else fails, the PM is playing Santa Claus this year so look for your cheque under the tree.

Let’s look at half a dozen ways where money can buy happiness.

* Pay off your debts
* Get some Mojo
* Best investment this year
* Start a web-based business
* Loose change legacy
* Change someone’s life

So, there you have six things that can change your life (or someone else’s). Don’t buy into all the doom and gloom. It’s in dark financial days like these that fortunes are made starting with as little as a thousand bucks.

Tread your own path!

Read on to get the full detail. The detail he extrapolates the six points with is really worth the continued reading.

In terms of starting a web-based business, I am going through that very process right now, so stay tuned for updates as I go along… the continued path of my “4 Hour Work Week” journey.

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For this inaugural annual study, we are inviting all consultants to share how aCE talentNET can continually work on new products and services to help you and your consultancy, that will not only:
* Bring you more freedom and fulfilment in your consulting life
* Create new revenue streams and increase your income

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Denise Hall
aCE talent NET | Executive Director – Business BT&D MIMC
& the entrepreneurial mother

The aCE talentNET Professional Edge ezine October 08

“If you are anything like me you’ve been paying close attention to the global financial crisis but still adopting a relaxed attitude that “it couldn’t get that bad in Australia”. Well no longer… as I continue to read articles and watch news stories I have woken up to the fact that we need to adopt an extremely conservative approach to business and managing our finances in what could be troubled times ahead. This is true for both large and small businesses alike.

Contract World has recently posted an extremely sobering review of the facts leading up to the global financial crisis and goes on to explain the impact for large and small businesses, including the potential failure of large US icons like Ford and General Motors. Whilst the Australian economy is supported by a strong export market to China, we rely more heavily on Japanese exports, one market predicted to be hit hard by the global credit crisis. When (if?) this occurs together with an inability of large infrastructure projects to secure finance, rising unemployment, falling property markets and the highest personal debt levels in history the prospect of Australia avoiding a slide in to recession seems unavoidable. Consequently we all need to be vigilant in how we manage our businesses (and household finances). For some very useful tips I strongly recommend that you read the article on Contract World. In short… prepare for the worst and be pleasantly surprised if it doesn’t get as bad as predicted.

On a more positive note, aCE talentNET is pleased to report that at this stage we have seen no such contraction in projects and opportunities for our Talent Network. We will continue to work closely with our clients to ensure that they have the resources they need (at cost effective market rates!) to deliver the projects committed to in current and future budgets.

So what does this mean for the consulting market? Who knows what the future holds… I’m not really brave enough to make a prediction at this stage. I guess there are two immediate thoughts:
1. that the project/contracting market will downsize as larger organisations adopt conservative attitudes to project initiatives and, as mentioned above, large syndicated finance becomes harder to access thus putting on hold many planned initiatives; versus
2. larger organisations may turn to contract resources to deliver on project initiatives (whilst putting downward pressure on market rates) and avoid replacing and/or taking on new hires in a recession environment. Perhaps it will be a mix of both? Time will tell.

We would also like to say a big THANK YOU to all the Consultants that have taken the time to complete our Inaugural Consultant Survey… the response rate has been extremely pleasing. For those of you yet to complete the Survey we strongly encourage you to do so, as this is your opportunity to tell us how aCE talentNET can support you and your business. The Survey will take no longer than 15mins and completion before 30 November 2008 enters you into a draw to win a Nano iPod – how can you refuse??!! Complete Survey.

Until next month…
Deirdre Gruiters
Corporate Talent Agent

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