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Charley’s Chocolate

Charley’s Chocolate

Chocolate Cabin
Chocolate Cabin

If you happen to be in the North of Scotland, Morayshire to be precise, make sure you divert of the A96, 25 miles East of Inverness and pop into Forres. This is the home town of Charley’s Chocolate where you will find the most delicious range of hand made confectionery.

Everything from tiny 5g sample bars up to a beautiful chocolate house, made using 1.2 Kgs (3lbs) of hand poured Belgian chocolate, superbly decorated with marshmallows and candies and dusted to complete the snow effect.


Chocolate Coffee Beans
Chocolate Coffee Beans

They also have dark chocolate coated coffee beans, 100g (3.5 oz) bars that can be personalised with names which are ideal as place settings for a wedding or party and 100g bags of milk or white chocolate drops. Ideal as treats for children or grandparents alike.

Delicious ganache cups which can be flavoured with various spirits – ideal for that little end of party treat for the adult guests.

Whatever you want in confectionery, Charley’s Chocolate in Forres can sort you out – and it can be delivered to your home. But will you be able to trust the person who receives them to leave them alone until you get back?

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Become a Stage Hypnotist – One Step At A Time

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Most hypnosis instructors will tell you that actually learning the basics of hypnotism isn’t hard. It’s learning what to do with it once you get there. Learning to Become a Stage Hypnotist has got to be one of the strangest but potentially most rewarding aspect of hypnosis. There are many expensive books teaching you how to hypnotise but very few that teach you the next steps in turning yourself into a hypnosis entertainer and fewer still that help you treat stage hypnotism as a business.

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Enter this book – available as a paperback or ebook through Amazon. It’s doesn’t go deeper and deeper into hypnosis (hypnotism joke there) for hypnotism’s sake but it does discuss putting together routines and how to link them into a coherent show. It also gives insights into treating show business as a business, not just a stage performance. Nothing to in depth, but enough to help you decide whether you’d want to try taking it up.

So if you want to take the first step into showing off your hypnosis talents to an audience and get paid for it. If you want people to see a show that flows from you walking out on stage – alone(!) to walking off again with applause ringing in your ears. In short, if you want Become a Stage Hypnotist – One Step At A Time, then this is the book for you.

Of course if you just want to experience hypnosis, or at least know what it’s like to experience hypnotism then consider reading Facing the Swinging Watch. A little light reading in paperback or ebook format which gives as much experience of being hypnotised without paying for the privilege.

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Nikon DSLR Camera

Nikon DSLR Camera

If you’re looking for a pro or semi-pro digital camera then you won’t go far wrong if you’re looking to buy a Nikon DSLR camera.

Nikon DSLR cameras come in a wide range from novice cameras like the D3100 & D3200, through mid-range equipment like the D5200, the new D5300 and D7100 which all have DX or 2/3 sensor sizes, up to full frame pro monsters like the D3 & D4. The prices range from a few hundred dollars up to several thousand but all are solidly made and well up to any task that you can hand them.

The main difference between your average point and shoot and a modern DSLR camera is the sensor size. In many point and shoot cameras the sensor size usually barely 6mm x 4mm which seems tiny but does give one advantage. It is easy to put a lens on the front that can give a huge range of zoom capabilities. When one of these long super-zoom lenses is added to a DSLR – like body then you end up with a bridge camera – so called because it is a ‘bridge’ between your sub $100 Nikon Coolpix point n shoot and a $1300 advanced (but still entry level) entry level DSLR camera like the Nikon D5300. You then end up with a very camera like the Nikon Coolpix P520. Obviously the other main difference between the two is the ability to change lenses on a DSLR and Nikon’s Nikkor range also has a huge range of price points to suit all requirements.

Although to start with you may wish to buy a Nikon DSLR Camera second hand to be a money saving option, you will soon feel the need to at least buy a new Nikon lens. Second hand lenses can have problems if they have been dropped or not kept in ideal conditions and have an issue with fungus or mould growing inside. Something to definitely be aware of before buying.

Although there are many other brands of DSLR cameras, only one other make has the same heritage of Nikon and to be honest there’s not much to choose between them, but my preference will always be with Nikon when I buy a DSLR camera.

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Defining Productivity

Dynamic Productivity

Defining Dynamic Productivity

Dynamic Productivity, as it is commonly understood, means many things in many other different fields. Even in business where it has its nearest relations, productivity is defined variously according to the aspect that is studied. (Reportedly, there are around 20 definitions of productivity related to business.)

Productivity concepts

Most of these concepts relate to productivity as a relationship between output and input to the studied systems. It contains variables and other inter-relationships within the precise group it belongs to (office, manufacturing plant, machinery systems, etc).

It is also regarded as a stimulus-response model that an input causes an output. Universally, for purposes of simplicity, it is output divided by input. However, there is some confusion to this view.

Formally, in most circles productivity is “strictly a relationship between resources that come into an organizational system over a given period of time and outputs generated with those resources over the same period of time.”


In a factory, for example, productivity measures connected with input factors (labour, capital, etc) are inadequate and can be misleading sometimes.

On one hand, input factors cannot be studied while isolated by themselves. Productivity improvement in one aspect is generally at the cost of the other. Also, labour as an input factor is present in all phases. On the other hand, managerial resource (another important input factor) is not counted in such measures.

However, the rest of the many concepts consign productivity in an output-input relationship, mostly relevant to a production system. This implies that there is an organization that works as a physical system with variables and other inter-relationships within.


Experts Sardina and Vrat declared that those who will undertake productivity measurements should have three objectives.

One, potential improvements must be identified. Two, a decision must be made to reallocate resources. And three, it should present how well the previously established goals were determined.

Performance and financial productivity

There is a difference between these two factors. Performance productivity is based on the number of produced outputs.

For example: company X had produced 100 units of products in one week, and in the next, was able to come with 120 units. The performance productivity would have increased by 20%.

In comparison, the focus on the output value is grouped as a financial productivity. Suppose that company X had produced 100 units of products in the first and second week.

However, the selling price was raised from $1.00 to $1.20 per unit in the second week. The financial productivity would have been increased by 20% but with no increase in output.

This is misleading, too. If, on the other hand, the company sells 120 product items at $1.20 each but in the second week the price is dropped by 16.7%, the result is still $120 in sales.

From a financial viewpoint, there is no change while from a performance point there had been change. (They had to produce 20 more items.)


Thus far, managers cannot pinpoint productivity’s definitions, measurements and improvements. On the same vein, they cannot define the performance’s concepts, measurements, and improvements as well.

This demonstrates that there might be a number of perspectives in viewing productivity. Following that viewpoint, there could also be a number of different measures in assessing productivity.

To improve your own personal Dynamic Productivity visit to sign up for a free 7 part course as an introduction to the full course which is also available from this site.

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Profitable Writing Club

article marketing

Profitable Writing Club

I like writing. Ebooks, articles, general snippets and I’ve even earned a little bit of money from it. Not enough to replace a full time income, but something to smile about now and again. Now apparently you can make serious money from writing online and one way is through article marketing. This is where you post your articles on specific websites about a very specific topic which will engage certain readers. Now it’s easy to do a lot of work in this field for very little return so to try to do things better I went along to the Profitable Writing Club and signed up.

Initially it’s free and in exchange for my name and email address I got a short course sent by email with some basic hints and tips on writing articles. Good information and well worth the swap for my details. There is no hard sell for the main site, just a request at the end of each lesson to sign up for the full course. Interest engaged, I paid the $2.99 for the first 14 days and got into the main ‘meat and veg’ of instruction.

Now this is heavier stuff and only drip fed to you over a period of time to stop you getting overwhelmed. Real solid advice on where to post for maximum effect and how best to use the all important resource box. I’m still working my way through the course but it’s all gold and can be applied to other writing as well, especially on advertising your own articles in other places. It seems quite circular at times, social posting about an article that points to an affiliate link somewhere else, but this indirect linking does pay dividends with the search engines who see a long, related chain of relevant information. This all takes time to get through the system, but this is long term stuff. It take s long time to get in, but the tips and advice of the Profitable Writing Club especially as related to article marketing have long lasting effects too.

Is it worth it. I should say so. $19.99 a month is good value for the amount of advice being given and you should easily make more than that back once the links kick in with the search engines. especially if you have written the articles with the advice given, engaged well with your readers and sent them to a great, related offer. Writing related articles that cross-reference each other will get more readers and make you a subject matter expert and really get your name known.

Go for it. Try the Profitable Writing Club today.