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  • collage-2016-03-17 Why do I charge $15 an hour for a WordPress website - Someone in a WordPress group was asking what they should set their rate at and got a couple of bits of interesting advice. 1)    Charge $55 USD an hour and outsource at a much cheaper rate and take the spread 2)    Read this blog  which defines what you are offering …

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  • A History of Egypt in 6 Objects - On a recent MOOC we had to do our own selection of 6 objects to illustrate Egypt’s history       A history of Egypt in 6 objects I have had a little fun with this as all the photos were taken in my flat in Luxor. They are fakes or reproductions …

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  • My recommendation for hosting. - I recommend Siteground and I have an affiliate link so please use that if you buy. The reason I recommend them is this survey http://www.codeinwp.com/blog/wordpress-hosting-survey-results/ impressive isnt it. My own personal experience with them is very positive as well. Always check on Google about your hosting company before you buy. …

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  • ikkletots An example of a $100 USD website - This is an example of one of my $100 USD websites. The client wanted it linked to Amazon shopify, to provide free eBooks,  a free video and obviously to showcase their product. I have built it using the same theme I use on this website so eventually when she has …

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  • Flats in Luxor Content is King - Content versus look & feel on your website I find some of my clients spend hours agonising about colours and fonts on the website. Changing their mind and revising the look. This costs them money and yet they expect to get most of their traffic from a search engine like …

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  • 51fRPv4jvML._SY346_ The Tao of the Unbreakable Man – Manny Wolfe - The Tao of the Unbreakable Man A few weeks ago Colette Mason, who is a publisher, asked me to be a beta reader for a book one of her clients had written. She told me he was a motivational speaker and self guru – mega yawn there are hundreds of …

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  • The saga of Irina Kulikova has finally come to an end - The saga of Irina Kulikova has finally come to an end We hope! As I blogged back here http://www.janeakshar.com/jane-akshar-mahmoud-jahlan-not-guilty/  this lady Irina Kulikova had been scammed and kept on blaming Mahmoud as being part of a gang. She has taken him to court several times and has lost every time …

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  • The ripples of being helpful - I am massively interested in Egyptology and subscribe to a list(EEF) that hosts enquiries and information. Ages ago someone posted a question which I was able to answer. It was actually an author researching a fiction book and I was able to help with some other questions. She also got …

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  • More White Hat SEO – Content - More White Hat SEO – Content is King Good search engine optimisation (White Hat SEO) is all about content. I know that people use Facebook ads or even buy likes but as you can see from this Facebook page Luxor News you can build quite a health audience with good …

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  • What does White Hat SEO mean? - What does White Hat SEO mean? Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) has had a mystical quality about it for years. You want to be in the number 1 slot on Google for your selected keyword(s). So if you are selling/advertising Flats in Luxor, what you want is every time someone types …

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  • Standard Marriage Letter Getting a foreign marriage certificate stamped by the British Embassy - If you are asked for proof that your foreign marriage is recognised by the British authorities in order to use the Surinder Singh method to get your partner into the UK. i.e. The British Citizen has been asked for proof of their marriage registration in the UK to confirm that …

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  • Come_Tell_Me_How_You_Live_First_Edition_Cover_1946a Come, Tell Me How You Live - I just finished reading this delightful book for the umptheenth time and was mulling over how sad it is. Not the content, which is whimisical and charming but the description of a time long gone. 1930’s Inside there is a map of places described in the book and, using her …

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  • Irene New Transform your website - My client hadnt got a lot of money to spend but wanted to improve her website. In just four hours I transformed this   into this. I could have done lots more(my own home page is an example) but she had a very limited budget. These were all the improvements …

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  • Doodle Buy a website from $100 - Are you a small business or one man band? Do you need a website? Is your budget tiny? Starter Website 5 pages $100 Home Page Your service/product details Blog About You Contact Details Step-Up Website 5 pages 10 product pages $200 Home Page Your service/product details Individual product pages Blog …

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  • Why you should always control your own hosting and domain registration - I know it is a pain sorting out a domain name and hosting but as the Conservative Party just found out leaving it in the control of someone else can backfire if you fall out. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3496008/Wheelchair-bound-Tory-disability-campaigner-sabotages-party-s-website-accuses-George-Osb So incensed was he by the Chancellor’s announcement that Graeme Ellis ditched his Tory …

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  • Wicked Screen Love wordpress but don’t use wordpress.com host it yourself - A couple of my clients have wordpress.com sites. I don’t like those, too restrictive especially no plugins, here is why http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/what-are-the-limitations-of-wordpress-com/ If you want to start a blog, then WordPress.com offers a hassle free solution to get started. We are often asked by our users how they can get started …

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  • Janis Buying a domain and hosting - Buying a domain and hosting   A domain is the name of your website like www.apple.com and hosting is where it lives. So the first thing you need is a place for your website to live and a good name. If your business is called an unusual or long name …

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  • Robson Do you know anyone who wants a WordPress website. - Do you know anyone who wants a WordPress website. Please share Let me explain, tourism is dire in Egypt. For five years there hardly been any tourists so I have been turning my hand to other things. As I blog, maintain my own websites and SEO I have been offering …

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  • My website 3 Let’s build a website together - Let’s build a website! So you want to have a website, what are your first steps. What is the purpose of your website? To sell, inform, educate, promote? What is the product? What is the next step you want visitors to your website to do? Get a domain and hosting, …

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  • collage-2016-03-17 Picking a WordPress Theme - First define the purpose of the website, do you want to sell online, inform or show case. Do you want a members site, forums or a one page wonder. Remember if your aim is to get in the search engines, it is not look and feel that matter but content. …

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  • USB-Hard-Drive1 How old is your backup, have you even got one? - Backups How often do you backup? I recently had a disaster on my computer when an accidental knock meant I splashed water on my computer just when I had taken on 2 new clients. I have a spare really, really slow computer so I could carry on working on but …

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  • Old Egyptian Tourism Posts + Cross Stitch - I have a big collection of old tourism posts, over 60 of them and decided to make three of then into a cross stitch. Now I made a big mistake and did not send the company a really good high def picture so it you decided to do the same …

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  • Crochet from a beginner - My mum was a fantastic knitter and crochet but she was also left handed so was never able to teach me. Sewing, embroidery were no problem but I could not get the hang of knitting. When I was in my 20’s a girl at work taught me knitting. So here …

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  • JANE AKSHAR | Entrepreneur stories -   I had the most fun ever doing this podcast. I think you can tell.  79: JANE AKSHAR | Entrepreneur stories: “Discover One Of The Best Ways Of Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone And How To Start A Business Abroad” Jane Akshar Author and Property Developer tells us how. …

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  • Queen Catherine My cousin The Queen - A long while ago one of my family, a distant cousin who also researches family trees said she thought she had found a link between our family and Queen Catherine Parr 6th wife of Henry VIII. I was digging around on Ancestory tonight and found some other people who had …

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  • MOOC’s - What is a MOOC you may ask? It stands for Massive Open Online Course and these are offered by universities all over the world. AND THEY ARE FREE! I have done ones from USA, Australia and UK. There are a variety of providers Coursera is my favourite for their format …

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  • Private George Thomas Harris - I have just found a great forum about WW1 and gleaned some more information about my great uncle on it. George Thomas Harris was the brother of my mothers mother Grace Harris, his only sibling. As mum and I are both only children I am his sole relative which means …

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  • Europe’s refugee crisis explained - An excellent article which answers questions about refuges, why are there refugees, why don’t the stay in the region, whats wrong with staying the camps. All the questions people ask. Europe’s refugee crisis, explained – Vox:   ………..There are a few reasons that refugees have become more willing to brave …

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  • If 4 Syrians aren’t enough for humanity are 71? - Please beg your country to take in refugees from war, Germany is doing a lot, the UK is fucking appalling
  • Where is the humanity? - 4 Syrians look to the west for help There is no way to claim asylum except by illegal entry, this father thanks God his family survived a crossing in a tiny dinghy A respected scholar is murdered yet the west does nothing A mother supports her baby in the water …

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  • Janis Susan May Patterson author with an Egyptian twist - I have to give a plug to Janis as she so kindly gave my business a plug The recent ARCE newsletter carries an interview with Janis and a preview of her latest book. “Publishing simultaneously under four pseudonyms, the author shares her deep passion for Egypt and writing and then …

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  • How safe is your holiday? Is Luxor safe? - Do you worry about travel abroad? You should listen to BBC Radio 4 Your and Yours http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/b06087bk They did a phone in on ‘safe holidays’ and I did a prerecorded piece which appears in the first 15 minutes. They contacted me after I sent this email. I have been facing …

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  • My latest client Project Pilots has gone live - My list of web site clients just got longer. Richard Robson the MD of Project Pilots and I have known each other for years. So when he was looking for a web designer he remembered my posts on Facebook and contacted me,, who says Facebook is just for posting pictures …

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  • Counted Cross Stitch Egyptian Theme - I bought this kit in 1996 but other crafters will sympathise when I say sewing on black Aida is impossible except in excellent natural light. So I started it and is languished until this year when I got a jump start and finished a load of projects. This one was …

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  • How to get a simple (and cheap) website. - Need a website for a reasonable price? Recently I have been building simple to medium websites for a number of clients. Some clients want websites to sell books, others to market pictures, still others a website promote their business. Having been maintaining my websites for a number of years I …

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  • Great reference from my website build client - Just did a quick and simple website for a US author and she has given me this great reference on my LinkedIn profile :- Recommendations | LinkedIn: Jane was a pleasure to work with. She had my WordPress site up and running before I woke up in the morning. She …

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  • Special offer for my 60th birthday – 60 quid off! - Book a week or more on the 23rd of March, my 60th birthday and you get 60 quid off! Quote Jane’s Birthday offer in the comments on the booking form
  • My review of Beneath the Sands of Egypt: Adventures of an Unconventional Archaeologist - I got this book yesterday and could not put it down. Such a exciting read with loads of historical facts. He also gives essential guidance for all students looking to make a career out of Egyptology. How difficult it is to get a job but serendipity can come into your …

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  • Jane Akshar’s Cult Story - I just got the most wonderful “thank you” letter from a lady involved in a cult, she was on a Nile cruise and I had a very brief chat with her about my experiences and recommended some books to her. I suggested her first step in the healing process would …

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  • Sale Time! 25% off - You only have until 30 December to get 25% off all Lulu print books with code TREAT, so be sure to act fast. Here is a link to my print books
  • Memories of CMG and Hoskyns - On the 15th December I got an email telling me of the death of my boss, Steve Webb, for nearly 15 years. I started work in computers in 1980 after completing a TOPS course. I got a job with Incomputer in Guildford. After I had been there a year CMG …

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  • 30% off the Luxor Photo Calendar - 2015 is just around the corner. Do you have your calendar ready to record important dates? Start planning ahead when you find the perfect calendar to suit your style at Lulu.com or create your own with your favorite photos. Now through December 21, you can save 30% off all calendars …

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  • Flats in Luxor supports Small Business Saturday #SmallBizSatUk - Flats in Luxor supports Small Business Saturday
  • Trying to find John Greer - John Greer was a policeman in the City of London police in the early 80’s. Do you know him? John Greer “A policeman stands guard at the entrance to Blackfriars Bridge in London, closed because of the discovery of a World War Two shell in the Thames last night. Rush …

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  • A review of Grandfather Father Son: Ancient Egyptian Temples eBook: Jane Akshar: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store - Grandfather Father Son: Ancient Egyptian Temples eBook: Jane Akshar: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store: 5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book with a bit of everything. 5 Nov 2014 By Gillian Bowes Verified Purchase Once again Jane has produced an easy to read book which is full of interesting facts,good advise and …

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  • 1948197_265121370331037_1680373983_n Get your Luxor calender - I have just created a calender for 2015 using photos of Luxor by Kim Lau get your Luxor 2015 Photo Calender here
  • Jane Akshar’s cult story - Want to read my cult story? Jane Akshar’s Story Want to read more Counting-the-cost/ What religion am I now?   My religious life has been very complicated. When I was growing up I attended Church of England with my Dad, Mum couldn’t be bothered. Dad was very religious and attended …

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  • Newkeyboardneeded - A while ago I knocked a glass of water over my laptop and when it dried the V, spacebar and M didn’t work. Fortunately I had an old external keyboard that the kids used with Arabic letters so used that. Today the connection gave out after a few weeks of …

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  • Special Offer on printed books - I publish through Lulu and they are offering their customers 25% off, so get my books now. Ahoy mateys! Talk Like a Pirate Day was Friday 19 September and we’re getting in on the fun. Even if you’re a land lubber, you won’t want to miss this treasure of a …

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  • Scam Facebook page - Please be aware there is a facebook page Flat in Luxor https://www.facebook.com/property.luxor.flat.in.luxor this is nothing to do with us. We are not agents, we only sell our own properties
  • New Consultancy Recommendation on LinkedIn - I just got the most wonderful recommendation for my new role as IM Consultant  “Working with Jane has been a great experience, we have worked together on client projects and on my own personal project in which she displayed a great understanding of what was required and contributed much valuable …

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  • Looking for a hosting company? WARNING don’t use Easyspace - A friend decided to transfer her hosting from this rip off company http://www.easyspace.com/ and they have been complete thieves charging to leave them holding on to expired domains for 75 days so you lose email charging extra for just about anything totally uncooperative Just google trouble transferring from easyspace and …

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  • September Special Offer from Flats in Luxor - Discover Luxor’s Hidden Treasures If you want to uncover gems from the past amid friendly people with guaranteed sunshine then visit Luxor Egypt… Fed up with package holidays, want to get more out of your precious break from work minus rain and the cold then come to Luxor. Come to …

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  • Amazon.co.uk: 5* review of Hidden Luxor - Amazon.co.uk: B J McWilliam’s review of Hidden Luxor: For the independent traveller this is a handy book to have written in Jane’s inimitable style. She guides you through some of the less well visited parts of the main sites and also introduces the hidden corners of the west bank. Hidden …

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  • We are a grandmother! - Induction started 6pm baby born 1:33am UK time 2.875kg 6lbs 3oz
  • Anniversary of the start of World War I - I guess this can be called the anniversary of the start of World War I, on the 4 August 1914 Britain declared war on Germany. I would like to remember my relatives who fell fighting for their country. My great uncle on my father’s, father’s side, Edward Joseph Anthon was …

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  • Hidden Luxor reviewed in German! - Buchtipp: Hidden Luxor – Reise nach Ägypten: Seit 2003 lebt die ägyptenbegeisterte Engländerin Jane Akshar in Luxor. Sie kennt sich dort also wirklich aus und weiß genau, welche Monumente von den großen Reisegesellschaften angefahren werden. Vor allem aber weiß sie, was die Touristen dabei alles verpassen. Und genau das beschreibt …

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  • Iraq and Libya were better off under the tyrants toppled by an arrogant and naive West - Do you agree? I am afraid I do. Living in Egypt you can see the affects on the people and most were better off before the Arab Spring….anyway read the artcile and see what you think. STEPHEN GLOVER:  …………I’m afraid the bitter truth is Iraq and Libya were better off …

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  • How an Egyptian cat has a drink! -