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Feeding people like me. Chapter 1. – Am I your worst nightmare? – Fiona Horne

Posted by on May 7, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

“Seriously… you think we need a blog about this?” Well yes seriously I do. This is not a text book or a guide on how to comply with food allergen legislation, but an up front, here’s how it is, conversation about the joys and pitfalls of feeding people like me and hopefully I will be able to shed some light on how this can be done with the minimum amount of pain and aggravation for you and your team. My aim here is not to explain the requirements Food information Legislation or list the major food allergens, if you don’t know what they are yet, where have you been? The Food Information Regulations arrived in 2014 and we had other food allergen related...

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To “e” or not to “e”….. that is the question? By Fiona Horne

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In these days of amazing new technologies, it is not surprising that us traditional old face to face kind of  trainers are feeling kind of uneasy and a little bit redundant. I am not too worried as I am hoping that I will reach retirement long before my cyber counterpart replaces me completely and I am doing my best to keep up until then! One of my clients is at the cutting edge of learning technology and supplies many schools and colleges with everything from crayons to the latest in learning software. Every now and again, I get to go and “play” in their showroom, which is open to schools all year round to visit. It’s like being in a trainer’s toy shop and...

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Keep your thermals on and be British! By Fiona Horne

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As I sit at my desk today our office complex’s wind turbine is whizzing so fast it’s making a sound similar to a chinook helicopter. It feels like any moment the blades are going to take off and land on my little car in the car park below. Fantastic that it’s generating lots of power to keep our energy usage low but more worrying is the icy cold temperatures that are accompanying the wind. I think it is fair to say that we are more than a little fed up with the cold weather now, but part of being British means that we will huddle together for warmth and pretend it’s nothing to do with global climate change. Denial is a powerful contributor to our rather relaxed...

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Horsey Tails! By Fiona Horne

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In the midst of the horsemeat scandal, it isn’t surprising that it has been a hot topic in my food safety courses this week. So I have allowed a few minutes in the day to discuss the issues, here are just some of the views expressed by my learners: “The Food Standards Agency really seems to have the bit between their teeth.” “Trust the supermarkets to saddle us with a dodgy product.” “They won’t get away with selling us horsemeat furlong.” “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make a burger out of it.” “Does eating horse give you the trots?” “The press seems to be turning this into a major event.” “I think the suppliers are all...

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How green is your training? By Fiona Horne

Posted by on Feb 22, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Early last year a long standing client of ours let me know that their focus for this year was going to be the achievement of ISO14001 Standard for Environmental Management and we discussed their training requirements for this. Having not ventured into this area much thus far, a steep learning curve ensued on my behalf. As a small business owner, like many I suspect, I had paid lip service to the aspects of environmental management, not really believing that we could make any significant difference. Of course what I discovered through my studies was how the world has moved on in this field whilst I have been in my little environmental denial bubble and that Environmental...

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