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ME PAT Newsletter - May 2015

  • Posted on: 23 June 2015
  • By: Mike

Good morning/good afternoon, good evening [or even “Good Day” if I have managed to reach some expats in Australia or New Zealand as I did last year..].

This goes out to those who work for themselves or indeed for larger businesses, working from a variety of offices in business centres through to the humble “compact” offices at home or “Home Office” as I prefer to call it…. I’d like to introduce you to our “occasional” newsletter from ME PAT Services on electrical health and safety in the work place, highlighting some of the Health and Safety horrors we have come across but also some stories of a lighter note from the last month or so, well here’s hoping, eh?

Well we are into the season of “bank holidays”, no sooner have you come out of Easter then there is the May Day Bank Holiday, and not far away is another! I don’t know about you but I love the long weekends but I hate the short weeks, I think its life’s way of making you suffer for taking too much time off! Did any of you get away for the holiday weekend? Well we tried to get away to Amsterdam to see the canals or even the Colosseum in Rome for a few days…


But as typical we got stranded at the airport and then the railway station , but that’s always the way with trying to get away for a few days, eh?


Ok, ok, so I told a few porkies, it was actually an impressive Lego exhibition we visited at the Woodhorn Museum, Woodhorn Colliery in Ashington called Brick Planet, on from the 1st of April through to the 31st of May 2015. As a fifty something year old kid who used to build “something out of nothing” with Lego in my youth am I always impressed on how fascinating these mini buildings are, but also after all these years on how popular Lego still is. Just goes to show that the old toys are sometimes the best…?

Hopefully we will get away next time – and not to a Lego town!!

Safety risks with e-cigarette charging are highlighted...

Yes, believe it or not the “safe” alternative to cigarettes is actually proving to be a fire risk themselves… Firefighters are urging people to take care when charging e-cigarettes following a recent product recall and an incident in Milton Keynes, UK.

It was reported that an unknown brand of e-cigarette exploded and caused fire damage to the floor of a house while being charged. It had been on charge for between 60 and 90 minutes.

The e-cigarette and USB charger had been bought from a market stall in central Milton Keynes earlier in the day. They came without a mains adaptor, so the USB was plugged into a mains adaptor from a different kit.
The incident is being investigated by Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service and Milton Keynes Trading Standards.

In February, the charity Electrical Safety First announced a recall of the mains adaptor supplied with ClearSmoke e-cigarettes, with warnings of a risk of electric shock from the device due to inadequate construction.

Yes you’ve seen everything now, eh?

and finally….

Newcastle Old and New: the story so far?

The Year of the Book, “My Book!”

I’ll be very brief on the update on my ambition to publish and launch a book this year on an old school project called "Newcastle Old and New: The Story So Far", a revision and rewrite of a “book” from almost 40 years ago. This will comprise of about 20 stories from the original project and along with a host of linked small stories and postscripts [16 at the last count and growing]. The launch will be in October at the Central Library, because of the costs and some of the truly ambitious marketing ventures we hope to take on we are looking into a crowdfund application with “Indiegogo” so watch this space. As this is the first time I have done this I will say little, in fact nothing about it till next month’s newsletter… wish me well with the application for funding and investment in the project? 
Talks on Newcastle Old & New, The “Journey” as well as the story so far…

I have a book talk lined up over in the next four weeks;
Tuesday, 19th of May 2015: Tyneside Connect2 Breakfast meeting, Stonebrooke, Holystone, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Finally just a brief few words before I close, I have been attending a monthly workshop ran by Tiana Wilson-Buys from Talking Business called “Boot on Bottom”, seriously that’s what it is called... Primarily it’s centred around a small group of people who, like a think tank come up with ideas and contacts on how to help you overcome obstacles in our own individual businesses, I very highly recommend Tiana’s workshops as I have attended a few times with great ideas and results.  Anyway we have been exchanging mottos and motivational one-liners on FaceBook and I spotted this one which I hope she won’t mind that I copy?

“Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after an experience with you becomes your trademark” quote by Jay Denzie

So go out there and “smile”

  Ta ta for now, Have a great day, week and month!!

  Yours Mike and Alison McCoy
  ME PAT Services Ltd
  07865 923716