About

Clipcopy Content Solutions

I'm Mike Alexander and this website, one of the first I ever created, is now one of the longest running sites in its field on the Internet. Its raison d'être is to help both new and established webmasters find suitable content for their own sites. We mainly offer written content, both in the form of licensed material that is subject to the rules and restrictions of copyright (which usually means simply appending an author's 'resource box' to the item), as well as public domain and private label rights material, which may be altered, improved and otherwise edited to suit the needs of the user.

Publishing Background

My first venture into publishing was in England in the early 1960s. As manager of a retail travel agency servicing the growing ‘package holiday’ industry, I conceived and published a reference book for British travel agents to assist them in choosing suitable destinations, flights, hotels etc for their clients. It quickly became established as the standard work in its field, though I doubt that it still exists due to the modern preference for using computerized systems designed to do the same thing only much more efficiently.  I emigrated to New Zealand in 1976 and didn’t return for over twenty years. In the course of my career in the hospitality and travel field I eventually found myself back on the publishing side of things running a team of 25 salespeople and servicing a portfolio of over 100 publications, mainly magazines and newsletters for associations, clubs, etc. This was followed by a period as sales manager of a publishing company specializing in promoting New Zealand around the world. Here I produced and edited a newsletter (which I called MeetingNewZ) covering the Conference, Convention and Incentive Travel fields. It soon became the official publication of the industry in NZ and eventually grew into a full-sized trade magazine.

Lastly, as Executive Officer of an Auckland Business Association and Township Improvement Scheme I was responsible for a regular newsletter and gained valuable 'community level' experience in communications. At the same time I assisted my wife with her secretarial and computer training business.

Unfortunately, in 1994, I had a crippling stroke which forced my wife and I to close up our businesses and opt for early retirement in Australia. This didn't last long, however, as I found that I needed constant mental stimulation so I decided to do something worthwhile rather than just reading and watching TV, hence this current venture.

Personal Background

I'm now over 76 years of age and think I've learned a thing or two in my time on this Earth. For a start, I've actually visited a large chunk of it, having traveled widely throughout most of Europe and Asia, as well as having full citizenship of three different countries (UK, New Zealand and Australia). Of course, I've made many mistakes, including some in my marriage of over fifty years, during which my wife Jan and I brought up a son and a daughter. Both our children are now approaching their fifties and are happily settled into their own lives so Jan and I must have done some things right. Jan is still with me and putting up with my funny ways but we are both able to laugh at (and with) each other. We’ve experienced hardship and setbacks, including illness (as mentioned above and, in Jan's case, treatment for breast cancer) but we’ve also experienced travel and adventure and still enjoy each other’s company.

Family

My wife Jan, who has always been my best friend, faithful lover and oftentimes my business partner, as usual gave her unstinting support to this latest venture. She is the most important half of our 2-person team and without her neither I nor this website would be here today. Jan's background is in secretarial and office management. We are the proud parents of a daughter who lives in London and a son who is a computer consultant in Auckland, New Zealand and proud parent of our two teenage grandsons.

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