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    From the desk of Penelope Alice, Britain’s most fabulous PA: Chinese New Year at RSA House

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    I know we exec assistants are all super-busy, but did you happen to read about that rather embarrassing gaffe involving BBC subtitles, when two letters were transposed and a ‘w’ added to its announcement that it was officially the Chinese Year of the Horse? Woops, that has to be a CLM as a colleague of […]

    From the desk of Penelope Alice, Britain’s most fabulous PA: Veuve Clicquot champagne installation

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    Have you ever imagined what it would be like to shrink down so small that you could swim in a glass of champagne? It’s an extravagant daydream, I know, but I got to see what it might feel like last night at the launch party of “Dive into a glass of Veuve Clicquot” at the […]

    From the desk of Penelope Alice, Britain’s most fabulous PA: Royal Ascot fine dining preview

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    What more delightful way is there to spend a Saturday afternoon than having a flutter on the gee-gees? Not that I condone gambling of course, but you have to make an exception for the institution that is Ascot. What a fabulous place to take clients for a hospitality experience that combines glamour, excitement and world-class […]

    A memo from Martin Kula: the future of work

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    Do you ever work during the weekend? Do you work from home or away from your office? Are you employed on a part-time basis? If you aren’t already, according to a thought-provoking new white paper, you soon could be. The Future of Work report indicates that by 2015 more than 40 per cent of us will […]

    Something for the boss

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    At PA Life we’re devoted to bringing you the very latest news, tips, advice and recommendations on a whole smorgasbord of topics that we hope are of interest to you in your professional lives. Since our most popular stories seem to be those that provide suggestions on how to engender a better working relationship with […]

    Healthy fare is the order of the day at Hana

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    With so many cuisines to choose from nowadays, it can be tricky to settle on just one when you’re tasked with organising the catering for your company’s next reception. Japanese is always a firm favourite, though; sophisticated enough to wow even the pickiest guest, yet sufficiently well known to not be too leftfield for the […]

    From the desk of Penelope Alice, Britain’s most fabulous PA: Happy Box

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    Buying presents can be fraught with potential disaster at every turn. I’ll never forget that incident with the Gucci bag, when an acquaintance said he could get me one cheap for my sister-in-law’s birthday; well, how was I supposed to know he was referring to a plastic carrier, rather than the actual handbag? It’s bad […]

    By invitation only

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    Recently the media has been commenting on the emergence of female-only clubs where professionals can meet and network. PA Life investigates the allure of such venues for women who want to get on in business. Grace Belgravia is the newest addition to London clubs flying the flag for females. Its ethos is based upon five […]

    Taking control

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    Have you recently become manager of a team, delegating down instead of managing up? Shilpa Wymer helps new supervisors to understand their role better. “What do you think you’re doing? This is simply not good enough,” you’ve just found yourself shouting at the office administrator. You didn’t mean to, but what with trying to meet […]

    Join the high flyers

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    Travelling by private jet is no longer the preserve of the rich and famous. Patrick Margetson Rushmore explains how it can be a viable business expense for your time-strapped executive. Making the impossible possible is the unwritten rule of being a successful PA. However, organising a marathon of international meetings for your boss and an […]