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Shakespeare On Love

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“Who will believe my verse in time to come if it were fill’d with your most high deserts?”
Passion. Tenderness. Lust. Betrayal. Loveletters and puppies. From young romance to experience and wisdom, Shakespeare runs the gamut of love. And it ain’t all Romeo and Juliet.

Come fall in love the bard way in this exploration of Shakespeare’s plays and poetry, brought about with tenderness and humour; produced by and starring GAAPS consultant Andrew Hodwitz.

“Shakespeare On Love,” is a revue of various scenes of the different type of love written about by the bard — fantastically romantic, dangerously abusive . . . even the love of a dog!

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PLACE: the upper room of The Oxford Pub, 256 Kentish Town Road, NW5 2AA (steps away from Kentish Town tube stop on the Northern Line (High Barnet)).

DATES: July 22, 23, 24, 25 (Wed. to Sat.)

TIME: 7:30 pm (approximately 1 hour long)

TICKETS: £10 at the door

BOOKINGS AND ENQUIRIES: 07504 092 167

IOSCO and Tel Aviv 100

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Chaim attended the 34th annual conference of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) in Tel Aviv as a guest of the British Embassy. The conference included an exciting programme of events to take advantage of this year’s celebrations of Tel Aviv’s centennial.

A welcome cocktail on the first night provided the perfect networking opportunity by the sea and with a backdrop of music and A ‘Cultural Mosaic’ in Old Jaffa and tours of Tel Aviv were an excellent showcase of the vibrancy of this exciting city.

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The closing event, at the Arca Club in Tel Aviv Port, was a chance for everyone to dance the night away, let their hair down and celebrate the success of the conference.

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Geraldine and Sima hit Dublin!

So second-time lucky with the trip – we were actually able to leave the country this time and no snow in sight (Hailstorms were forecast for Dublin but again we were lucky and no umbrellas needed!)

The Society of Actuaries was holding a pensions meeting with a talk from the very eloquent Gerry O’Carroll about the continuation/resurrection of Defined Benefit (DB) pension schemes.  There was a record number turnout (obviously due to our arrival!!) and an interesting debate about how to save DB pension schemes.

Having first thought that we would have the opportunity to see Dublin (and shop…) our time suddenly became full of back-to-back meetings – which proved extremely interesting and worthwhile.

We will be going back soon and hope the exchange rate will be more favourable for the overdue shopping!

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La Nuit des Actuaires – Party in Paris

Each year, the Kactu’z Association, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2003, hosts an event designed to assemble all members of the French Actuarial Profession in Paris.

Membership of the Kactu’z association includes actuaries at every stage of their career; from young professionals and students of all through to those in the most senior positions. The aim of the evening is to bring together all levels of the actuarial movement in a warm and festive atmosphere.

The yearly event is attracting an ever-growing number of professionals and the next one will take place on Saturday 28th March 2009 from 20:00 – 05:00, in the prestigious west Parisian hall: Le Pavillon Dauphine.

The night begins with a cocktail reception for sponsors of the night and their guests from 20:00 to 22:00, followed by an exciting evening with several halls offering different festivities, shows, presentations and animations.

Don’t miss out on the Night of Actuaries and the opportunity to connect with a large part of the actuarial world and promote the image of your company whilst attending a spectacular gala.

This year, Kactu’Z is focusing on the interaction between sponsors and 3rd year actuarial students by means of:

  • A mailing list in order to facilitate contact with the actuarial students
  • A distinction made between sponsors and students during the cocktail reception.

Sophie Sicard, European consultant, leading GAAPS France, recognises the success and importance of last year’s event:

“It was a perfectly successful evening, both by the choice of the premises as well as the animations, but also by the immense possibility to meet actuaries at all levels. For example, I had the pleasure to exchange a few words with Prof. Carla Angela, president of the Italian Institute of Actuaries, guest of honour for that evening.”

GAAPS Actuarial is proud to be associated with the Parisian event as the only sponsor representing the field of specialised actuarial recruitment. On the night, Sophie will be joined by Lance Randles and Sima Varsani, GAAPS consultants based in London, who will be available to all throughout the night.

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Day Trip to Paris

On Monday, 15 November 1999, I was lucky enough to have a day in Paris – including Eurostar both ways and a lunch as only the French can provide.  Glasses bubbling over with very best vintage champagne heralded a superb four-course meal.  There was only one slight snag.  I had to sing for my supper, or should I say lunch, by giving a presentation to members of the Fédération Francaise des Actuaires.  The venue was a large dining room in the head office of a well-known merchant-bank right in the heart of the city.  Jean Berthon, Vice President Executif of the Fédération, was in the chair.

My theme was the employment market for actuaries in the UK.  The interest shown by the audience – confirmed by the range and depth of their questions and the rapturous reception afterwards – came as quite a surprise.  It became very clear to me that our nearest Continental neighbours think very highly of UK qualified actuaries.  Demand for our services is high, but with one proviso – command of the French language, including business and technical terms, is a must.

It was a day of coincidences too.  On the outward Eurostar I sat next to the actuarial director of a UK merchant bank.  Both of us had planned to work on the train.  Neither of us did!  Then, at the actual presentation, I found that the actuary designated to translate technical terms into French was one I had actually placed in his job in Paris.  The audience was highly amused.  Monday, 15 November 1999 – definitely a day to remember.

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