Barbara Ross

Freelance Editor and Writer

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I am a freelance writer and editor with over eight years experience. I specialise in creating clean and concise copy for companies around the world. I also work with other writers in the role of editor to produce the best final product for the client.

The Top Three Best Places to Retire Overseas to Buy Real Estate

Buying real estate overseas is different in each country as they all have their own laws and rules to abide by. But once you have an in-country attorney the process should be straightforward. In International Living's annual Global Retirement Index 2013 we took real estate into consideration when coming up with the best places to retire overseas.

Retiring in Italy: Enjoy La Dolce Vita

In a recent survey, International Living asked readers which country they preferred between Italy and France. 43% more of our readers chose Italy as their ideal destination. Voters revealed that they love "the character of the people and their dolce vita lifestyle." One voter even admitted that "it provides the serenity that I crave.

Living Overseas on Your 401K

According to Fidelity Investments in 2012, those aged 55 and older had an average balance of $143,300 in their 401k account. But is this enough to retire on? Maybe not in the U.S., but retiring overseas can be much more affordable than retiring in the U.S.

International Living

Costa Rica: The Caribbean Coast v. the Pacific Coast

There are many differences between Costa Rica's Caribbean and Pacific Coasts. The Caribbean coast stretches for some 125 miles between Panama and Nicaragua. The region is sparsely populated, but has splendid beaches, excellent fishing, great water sports and it gives endless opportunities for getting close to nature.

The Top Three Best Places to Retire Overseas and Enjoy a Great Climate

Many places all over the world have great climates, but those that took the top three spots in our Annual Retirement Index 2013 are three of the best. The country taking the number one spot not just in the climate category but overall in the Retirement Index lies directly on the equator.

Real Estate in Cuenca, Ecuador

Cuenca is known for its rich intellectual and artistic traditions that match its colonial architecture. It is famous for its colorful festivals and is one of three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ecuador. Located on the southern edge of the mountains, Cuenca is Ecuador's third largest city.

Americans Living Off Their Retirement Savings Overseas

The average U.S. Social Security check is $1,230 a month for a retired worker. That may not seem like a lot-but when you retire overseas you can cut your cost of living. Below are stories from expats who did just that. Diane McVicker and her best friend Sharri were laid off from their office jobs in their late 50s.

Expats Contribute to the Tourism Market in Arenal, Costa Rica

The town of Arenal is home to many Americans, Canadians and other foreigners who enjoy living and working in one of Costa Rica's most spectacular regions. The natural beauty of this area relies on an active volcano that overlooks a beautiful tranquil lake.

Review: We Are The Millers

AFTER hearing very mixed reviews of We Are The Millers I ventured with trepidation to the cinema to see it for myself. I had an idea that Rawson Marshall Thurbuer's comedy would be more of the same romance centred movie that Jennifer Anniston is famous for. But boy was I wrong.
Real Life After College

Life after college is not always as cracked up as it's meant to be
The New OCD

OCD has spread to the social media world

An Focal

Rape: Where Perpetrators Become Victims

Published on April 26, 2013 at 12:28 am by Emily Maree, Fashion Editor THE MEDIA attention surrounding two Ohio high-school football players, who were found guilty in juvenile court of raping a 16-year-old girl, has caused immense debate in the last number of weeks.

Stella's Year Of Success

Published on February 7, 2013 at 1:11 pm by Emily Maree, Fashion Editor STELLA McCartney rang in the New Year on a high after a fantastic 2012 and 2013 might be even better for the British designer. The British designer created the uniforms for Team GB at the 2012 Olympics after Adidas appointed her Creative Director for the team.

Cookery Corner: Spaghetti Carbonara

Published on February 19, 2013 at 4:34 pm by Emily Maree, Fashion Editor WHEN most of us think of carbonara we think of a creamy sauce with oodles of bacon and mushrooms poured over steaming tagliatelle, served with a generous hunk of garlic bread.

Lets Hear It For The Singletons

Published on March 19, 2013 at 6:20 pm by Emily Maree, Fashion Editor OUR committed counterparts often see us singletons as lonely and pathetic but it is time that we let our secret out. Being single is fantastic!

The Best Methods of Safe Sex

Published on March 19, 2013 at 6:38 pm by Emily Maree, Fashion Editor PEOPLE have been using birth control methods for thousands of years. Now we have many safe and effective forms of effective contraception available but which are the best methods? PEOPLE have been using birth control methods for thousands of years.

Porn: Is It A Big Deal?

Published on April 10, 2013 at 12:40 pm by Emily Maree, Fashion Editor PORN is often a taboo subject that is not mentioned in civilized and polite conversation especially on our little island. In most cultures sex is for pro-creation and not pleasure so porn, like sex, has always divided people the world over.

Cookery Corner: Honeycomb Ice Cream

Published on April 26, 2013 at 12:20 am by Emily Maree, Fashion Editor SPRING is finally here and in true student style the shorts are out at the first hint of Mr Sun peeping through the clouds. There may still be a chill in the air but the sky is clear and the cone machines are in full swing.

The Southern Star

The Southern Star

Summer is the best time of the year

The Southern Star

The Best Days of Your LIfe

The Southern Star
Family Ties

Blood is thicker than water

West Cork Times

West Cork Times
Threshing at the Sam Maguire homestead

A TRADITIONAL threshing will take place in aid of CoAction in the homestead of Sam Maguire in Mallabracka, Dunmanway on Sunday, September 15th.

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