How did we survive without Google?


Do you remember life before Google? Rushing to the dictionary to look up a word, pulling out your paper maps for directions or learning a new language just in order to decipher a foreign word.

Gone are the days of quizzing the office on ‘How do you spell this?’ or ‘What does this word mean?’. Google has the answer!

Generally searching on Google is pretty easy you just type what you are interested in finding, into the search box. Here are some useful hidden features of Google to enhance your search:

  1. Use “quotation” marks to search for words in an exact order.
    Vital for searching specific quotes or phrases.
  1. Google will fill the blanks when an asterisk (*) is used.
    Don’t remember the name of a song you heard? (Or phrase, news headline etc.) Fill in the blanks of any search with an asterisk (*) and Google will try to complete the search for you.
  1. Looking for a similar website
    Search for similar websites to the one you are currently viewing, by inserting ‘related:’ followed by the website address you are using.
  1. Use the minus sign (-) to exclude words.
    For example, you are looking for a cake recipe that doesn’t list “wheat” as an ingredient. Search ‘Cake recipe – wheat’.
  1. Search websites for keywords
    Search within a website by typing ‘Site;’ followed by the URL of the site and your search times.
  1. Compare foods by using ‘Vs’
    Can’t decide what food to have for lunch? Type in your choices E.g. ‘Rice vs. pasta’ to view a comparison of the nutritional facts about each option.
  1. Have Google do your maths
    Simply search your equation i.e. ‘50% of 2345’
  1. Do two Google searches at one time by adding ‘Or’ between the search terms 
  2. Set a timer
    Type’ set timer for’ into the Google search engine, along with the amount of time.
  1. Learn the meaning of words
    You can search for the origin behind words by adding ‘etymology’ to your search or entering ‘Define;’ will provide you with a dictionary definition, etymology and a graph of its use over time. Looking for a slang word or acronym – try ‘Define: bae’ or ‘Define: SMH’
  1. Search images using images
    Ever come across an image that looks familiar? If you save the image (or click and drag the image) and then search it on Google image you will be able to see similar images on the web.

Here are some fun additions in Google we also discovered :

  • Searching for the word ’tilt’ will actually tilt your search results at a slight angle.
  • Searching ‘Atari Breakdown’ into Google images will initiate a classic brick breaker game which you can play using the directional keys on your keyboard.
  • Typing ‘do a barrel roll’ into the search engine will command Google to spin your search results on and off the screen.
  • Type ‘Zerg rush’ into the search engine and watch the O’s from the Google logo attack your search results. Clicking onto the O’s really fast will allow you to stop them and make them disappear – can you beat the O’s before they take over your page?

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Free SAGE Seminar: Useful Hints & Tips and Sage Drive

We are pleased to invite you to our next Sage seminar, to be held on Wednesday 25 March 2015 at the Parkway Hotel, Cwmbran.

Seminar Agenda:

9:00 – 9:30am Registration, coffee and biscuits

9:30 – 9:45 am Introduction and welcome

9:45 – 10:45 am Presentation by June Horne of Sage

10:45 – 11:00 am Q&A session

11:00 am Finish

Come along and discover how to get the most out of your Sage package. Reserve your place on this free seminar by phoning 01633 871122, or email

For further information relating to the workshop, contact Jane Wootton on 01633 833507, or email

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Date: Thursday 4th July 2013

Time: Registration from 09.00

Place: Parkway Hotel & Spa, Cwmbran Drive, Cwmbran, Torfaen, NP44 3UW

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Useful Hints and Tips for Sage Accounts users

We are delighted to have secured the services of Andrew Gibb from Sage to run this workshop on our behalf.


09.00 – 09.30 Registration, coffee and biscuits

09.30 – 09.45 Introduction and Welcome

09.45 – 10.45 Presentation by Andrew Gibb of Sage

10.45 – 11.00 Q and A session

11.00 Finish

This seminar will help you understand the following:

  • Exploring the reports already contained within Sage
  • Making reports easier to find and run
  • Exporting data into Microsoft Word
  • Exporting data into Microsoft Excel
  • Viewing Sage data in Microsoft Excel
  • Editing existing reports

Andrew and our own in-house team will be available at the end of the session to answer any queries.

Come along and get the know how to get the most out of your Sage package. Reserve your place on this free seminar by phoning 01633 871122 or email

For further information relating to the workshop contact Jane Wootton on 01633 833507 or email

Further Sage events

More workshops will be taking place in 2013… look out for our blogs!!!

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Bookkeeping Hints and Tips

From the smallest companies to the largest, Green and Co offers a bookkeeping service tailored to suit each of its clients individual needs.  In allowing our dedicated team help with this side of the business, it frees up valuable time allowing you to spend your real energy on running the business and making a profit.

In these tough times, keeping good records makes sound business sense.

It may seem like a challenge, particularly when you’re starting out, but keeping good records will bring real advantages to your business.  Get a proper system in place and you’ll not only be confident that you are paying the right tax, but you’ll keep up-to-date with how much you owe suppliers and how much you are owed.

If you are in business then you should be aware that accurate bookkeeping is an essential feature of every successful business.  Businesses that keep their books up to date regularly and ensure the accuracy of their books tend to be more successful in the long term than others.  This is because they are always on top of their financial situation and they know exactly what their free cash flow position is each and every day.

Using the services of a professional bookkeeper or your accountant means that you are free from having to spend hours entering data and figuring out reconciliations.

Using a professional bookkeeper can prove to be a most valuable and inexpensive way for business owners to reduce stress and win back some precious time for other things.

As Green and Co only charge for the time spent completing the work, some clients may find it more cost effective in using this service than employing someone full time.

In order for us to provide this service, we need the following either monthly or quarterly:

  • Bank Statements/Credit Card Statements
  • Cheque book stubs
  • Paying in books
  • Sales invoices
  • Purchase invoices
  • Receipts for all cash purchases
  • Receipts for credit card purchases

If you pay for things from different bank accounts i.e. business bank, personal bank, personal credit card – make a note of this on the receipt as this will save questions from your bookkeeper/accountant later on.

If you are self employed it is very easy to treat your business as if it is your finances.  Keep personal transactions and business transactions separate so you don’t count your daughters ice cream sunday as a business expense.

Many business owners don’t keep good records.  Some don’t understand bookkeeping, others understand it, but maybe afraid of what the numbers might tell them.  Think of it this way – bookkeeping is the glue that keeps your business together.  If your records aren’t in good shape, the business could fall apart.  A healthy business is monitored through its records on a regular basis so you can find problems and correct them before it’s too late.

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.

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