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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

"Just the facts, ma’am"

I often receive emails from clients advising that they will be out of the office due to holiday. I'm always curious what the holiday is, why it’s being celebrated, and how the people are celebrating. Earth Calendar allows you to search for holidays by date, country, year, and religion. Additional information is provided with some links, but you can also enter the name of the holiday into your favorite search engine to obtain more information.

If you need to determine the best time to call your client, you may use the World Time Server. I usually check this site several times a week, so I’m prepared when one of my co-worker asks me "What time is it in South Africa?".

You may be asked by your employer to go to a foreign country on business. Maybe you don’t know anything about Argentina, or Malta, or Zimbabwe. In that case, might I suggest the CIA World Fact Book? You can get information about the geography, people, government, economy, and much more.

Finally, for those of you (like me) who can never have too much reference information, you might wish to look at They list their selves as "The Single Best Source for Facts". They have calendars, calculators, currency converters, and much more.

These sites should help those of you who are working with international clients. Good luck on your travels.

Article submitted by Barbara

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