DURING her time as a DJ and radio journalist Anna Fill deftly linked between music tracks and news events.
Now Anna has brought those same skills to the online world with the creation of The Riviera Woman website, which looks to offer ways for people on the Mediterranean coast to link up, share ideas and network.
"I moved across to France in 2002 and whilst I was busy with music engagements in the UK, the amount of travel involved was hard," Anna said.
"There was little chance of me being able to do the DJ work down here in France as it's much too seasonal, but I wasn't ready to pack up and do nothing, so I had the idea for a website that looked to help women."
Anna's own career within music and journalism saw her operate as a DJ for 17 years working with clients in the City of London as well as providing the musical entertainment at military events, with the occasional trip to France also required for special occasions.
But seeking a change of scene, and with a nod to her Italian roots, a base on the Riviera appealed as it allowed her to dash between the two countries, yet also experience a different pace of life and meet people from a variety of backgrounds.
"As I spent more time on the Riviera I began to meet women whose husbands might be in the yachting industry or high up in international firms and this often meant they were left behind as their partner travelled on business," Anna said.
"So I thought about creating a site that would allow people to communicate with each other, but also let them contribute articles and pass on their advice in a neutral place with no political agenda.
"Thanks to my webmaster he built a site that provides this framework and lets them upload information to create a small site for their business and so others can contact them if they have a question or wonder how something works."
The Riviera Woman site features articles and news stories from the area, as well as a forum and messaging service, with a growing number of businesses and creative people already taking advantage of the site.
"I've met many artists who produce some real quality work but find it difficult to display especially if they live in a small village in the hills, so we've enabled a gallery section which lets them show off their artwork," Anna said.
"I also hope that local businesses take advantage of the site as it can be very hard to start up, and it is particularly hard for women as I have crossed some prejudice, and I'm no right-on feminist.
"Hopefully though people will see it as a way to promote themselves but also be part of a community that helps each other wherever they are on the Riviera."
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