October 2006 Archive

Sunday 29th October 2006

Javea Sofia's Restaurant

Situated between the Javea Port and Javea Old Town. A visit to this Javea restaurant is a real treat for the taste buds. Once you settled on your comfortable chair the service is soon noted as being excellent. The waitress attends to the drinks while you choose from a refreshingly different restaurant menu. I hate it when waiters pass you the menus and wander off , leaving you for 15 long minutes, when you could be sipping a good wine. Sofia’s is great for attention, quality and price. I have visited Sofia’s three times in as many months and each meal was extremely good. Open 17.30h to 22.00h. Monday through to Saturdays, closed Sundays and Mondays during December and February. Avda del Pla, 20, Javea, 03730. Alicante. Spain. Tel: 96 646 2903

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Friday 27th October 2006

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Wednesday 25th October 2006

Nearly There

Hi owners of Parques Casas Blanca, Benissa. I have spoken with Sabine today and she has informed me that the units, numbers 78 and 79 will be ready, cleaned and tidy by the first week in November. We can then start fitting the furniture and lighting etc. The electricity and sewage company cannot guarantee that the services will be in use, until January or February, 2007. We will not be able to live in them until then. the pool is bieng tiled this week and everything is looking good. Please contact:

Sabine Olbrich Eurocenter Inmobiliario S.L.

www.eurocenter.es s.o@eurocenter.es

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Sunday 8th October 2006

Why not sell?

I trust you are well. Who told you you cannot sell the property, as there is no Cedula? If you complete and a purchaser is found, the solicitors retain an agreed amount, until the cedula is issued, which is not if, but when. This is the way the Spanish purchase all the time.
Regards, Steve

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Sunday 8th October 2006

Cedula de habitabilidad

Sadly, no news on the town hall issuing the cedula to the developer or owners of Xabiamar complex. We could wait months or even years. I have spoken with a Spanish lady who has lived in an apartment in Teulada for seven years without a cedula. Do you want to wait that long, before you enjoy your property??? I haven’t and I believe the following phrase should help you to decide… ‘But time waits for no man….’

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Wednesday 4th October 2006

3 Must Read Books for Bloggers

3 Must-Read Books For Bloggers by: Jim Estill

A lot of bloggers read blogs, but there are also some very valuable books out there on blogging. The three books that I recommend for bloggers are “Blog!” by David Kline and Dan Burstein, “The Corporate Blogging Book” by Debbie Weil, and “Naked Conversations” by Shel Israel and Robert Scoble.

“Blog!: How the newest revolution is changing politics, business and culture” by David Kline and Dan Burstein.
This book talks of the power and influence of blogs. It uses political examples. Through these examples we can learn what good blogging is (honest, open) and what it is not (poorly written, blatant marketing). It talks about freedom of the press and countries and companies that try to suppress blogs. It also warns and gives examples of blogs that share insider or confidential information and what happens.

To quote from it: ‘most people or at least most of the media’s coverage of business issues in blogging are missing the fact that the real excitement here is not how much money business can make from blogging, but how dramatically blogging will reshape the world of business from top to bottom and create new sources of competitive advantage for firms that learn how to use this new medium intelligently… Bloggers not only tend to be more passionate about their interests and hobbies than other people, they also have marketplace influence far beyond their numbers.’

This is a highly inspirational read for anyone who blogs. We live in revolutionary times and as bloggers (and blog readers) we see history being made. We are truly cutting edge. The world is changing before our eyes.

As A. J. Liebling, a great 20th century journalist, said: ‘Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one.’ With blogs, anyone can.

‘The Corporate Blogging Book: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know to Get it Right’ by Debbie Weil.
Debbie is one of the pioneers of corporate blogging. She is not only an advocate but she explains the pros and cons of corporate blogs.

A section from the book: ‘Blogs are a key enabler of this new way of talking with customers, employees, the media and other constituencies. Packaged, filtered, controlled conversation are out. Open, two-way, less-than-perfect communications with your customers and employees are in….Listen, learn, debate, be willing to change, admit mistakes, be equals, with your children, be fair to others with whom you have an adversarial relationship. Acting like a dictator will get you nowhere.’

She has top 20 questions about corporate blogging and in one of those she talks about the three most important things to know before starting blogging. The book also has good examples of blogging policies. One of her points is savvy bloggers read other blogs. My advice is the simplest way to do this is to subscribe to them.

One concept that she talks about is citizen journalist and citizen media. Blogs are a new media and it is run by the citizens. Blogger Halley Suitt explains, ‘The word PR will be gone; the word blog will be gone. Your employees will be your ad agency and your customers will be your back-up ad agency’

‘Naked Coversations:How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers’ by Shel Israel and Robert Scoble
This is an excellent book. I am passionate about business blogs. I truly believe they have value for a business. The book re-affirms this. ‘Naked Coversations’ is easy to read, fast and well organized. It combines advice on blogging (and why blogs help companies) with stories of real bloggers.

Blogs have dangers but those dangers tend to be overrated. Not blogging is a greater danger. As I have said many times, blogs are a new media. Companies that ignore it do so at great peril. At the same time, blogs cannot be blatant self or company promotion – readers (and other bloggers see right through that and can decimate a company).

How do I know if a book is good? If I make a change as a result. I turned off word verification on my blog to make it easier to comment (I still review all comments and don’t let spam through but am trying to make it easier to have a conversation). I get twice as many emails as comments on my blog as a result of my blog. The book drives home that comments and conversations are good.

I also know a book is good if I buy multiple copies for people that I think should read it. And in this case I did.

All three of these books, ‘Blog!’ by David Kline and Dan Burstein, ‘The Corporate Blogging Book’ by Debbie Weil, and ‘“Naked Conversations’ by Shel Israel and Robert Scoble should be read by anyone who has a blog or anyone interested in blogging.

About The Author

Jim Estill is the CEO of SYNNEX Canada. He is an active blogger at http://www.jimestill.com

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