Author Archives: patbarber26

Snakes, Iguanas and other Tenants

You can meet some strange tenants on property inspections. I didn’t mind the large snake a few months ago – even gave it a cuddle, not slimy at all and rather pleasant since you ask! But I do draw the … Continue reading

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Crescent Singers Xmas Fun

And with one of my other (many!) hats on: the Crescent Singers, which I co-run with my youngest daughter Helen, are having a 4 week Christmas workshop!  So if you’re local to Earley/Lower Earley, drop by and join us! Starting … Continue reading

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New Community News Magazine

I am just about to launch ‘The Link’ a great new community news magazine for Earley and Lower Earley. Local news straight to your inbox. First issue available free on our website from 1st November, then small annual subscription (£18 … Continue reading

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Just Published: 25 Top Tips for Landlords

Everything a landlord needs to know. My new book has just been released, packed with useful practical tips that could save money, time and stress. After working so long in the lettings industry and having seen landlords get into all … Continue reading

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The Gift: The Terror of Dolls

Last week it was announced that I won the Writing Times Halloween themed Short Story competition with my story ‘The Gift’ (available online here) – much celebrating ensued.  This is the first horror story I’ve ever had published and the … Continue reading

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Adventures in Enterprise: Family Business Partners, Part 1

While my early adventures in enterprise had been for the fun of meeting my school’s challenge, my first serious business venture, and one of the most important ones I’ve ever done, earned my fiancé (now husband of over forty years) … Continue reading

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Adventures in Enterprise: Starting Young

Self-employment, don’t you love it! And obviously I do since that’s about all I have done for the last forty years or so. Being a bit of a control freak I knew I could never depend on waiting for someone … Continue reading

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