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Friday evening.. [Dec. 14th, 2007|09:05 pm]
Bob Bain
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Summary of the week. On Monday I had a crown re-cemented. It worked because the crown fitted.

Usual DEN stuff on Tuesday and Thursday marking time reading the newspapers and informing a curious job searcher what the term "B2B" stands for ("Business to Business").

Yesterday I attended the National Institute of Accountants "focus group" relating to the "NIA program" which currently consists of a Graduate Certificate followed by modules that comprise the UNE Master of Commerce (Professional Accounting) Degree. I thought this would be a sort of "congratulations" and "tea and bikkies" affair but it wasn't. The focus group consisted of a number of members who are either enrolled in the program (be it the Graduate Certificate or the Master of Commerce Degree) and those (about two) such as myself who have completed it. It was a rigorous examination by an outside consultant with a view to obtaining feedback from students and members involved in the program with a view to determining the direction the NIA should take. The people attending were from a variety of backgrounds with only me being unemployed. One member told how he was originally from Alaska. He runs his own own business and was very well spoken. A number were registered tax agents (this is quite common in the Institute). I believe the consultant received appropriate feedback from the focus group. When asked how long attendees had been members of the Institute I admitted that I have been a member for 31 years (and have seen quite a few changes over the years - we were originally affiliated with the Australian Society of Accountants - now CPA Australia).

Today I saw "the doc". He questioned the local GP's view that I didn't require anti-cholesterol medication given that my cholesterol reading is 5.7 while the "upper end of the scale" is 5.5. Apart from that there wasn't much to say so I'll see him again after I complete the Certificate IV in Small Business Management in mid-February (assuming this is an outcome of the year to be).

I also received a Certificate acknowledging 10 years of commitment to membership of the Australian Computer Society.