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    Welcome to my Blog!

    Writing is how I relax from everyday stresses and pressures of life. I find it very therapeutic and energising. Very often, the value of the writing activity is the activity itself, rather than the output. Most of what I write therefore, gets quietly pushed aside, buried under a mound of paper, filed in an electronic folder forever...
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    Shorties

    Slither This Way, Sir

    7:00 am at Dubai International Airport, having a quick breakfast in the Emirates Business Lounge before catching my short flight to Bahrain. There is this incessant tune in the background which was irritating the hell out of me and I…

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    ThinItaly

    I am one of those people who puts on 2kg if I so much as crave a pizza, look at a pasta dish or read a risotto recipe. As for bread, don’t even get me started! Bread and I have…

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    Travel Blog

    Fly Safely

    Unless you have just come out of prison after serving a 75-year sentence (what could you have done to get such a long stretch?), you must have experienced the safety instructions given on commercial airlines. They vary from one airline…

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    Business Articles

    Tolerating the Intolerable

    I have just finished reading Michael Wolff’s ‘Fire and Fury’ about Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and first year in Office. Irrespective of how accurate the author’s account is, Donald Trump clearly comes across as a shallow dictatorial character who demands…

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    Business Articles

    How To Survive Office Culture

    It is said that our pets grow to look like us as they spend more and more time in our company.  We also have all witnessed long-married couples finishing one another’s sentences and anecdotes.  You too may have, on more…

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    Business Articles

    A Dog’s Tail Tale

    In a recent article on the BBC website it was argued that giving employees impressively sounding job titles can make a difference to their attitude towards work, making them better motivated, happier within themselves, and generally less stressed.  It transpired…

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    ‘Stuff’ I Hate

    ‘Stuff’ is what people do to encroach on your space, time, comfort, state of mind, or a combination of these things.  They may not mean to do it but, they do.  The explanation for this behaviour must be that it…

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    Business Articles

    Humour At Work? Don’t Make Me Laugh!

    Picture the scene at ‘Utopic Inks Inc.’ company that employs a group of highly motivated staff, where they know their respective duties; understand how their responsibilities intertwine with their colleagues’; have shared values and are focused on their collective goals;…

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    Yorkie

    I am waiting in the arrival hall at Larnaca International Airport for my wife to arrive from London. An over-dressed, over made-up Eastern European woman, in her early sixties or thereabouts, emerges through the sliding doors of the arrival hall…

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    Business Articles

    Value-Subtracting Clichés

    The thing about clichés, apart from being over-used and irritating, is that they may sound good/wise, fit neatly around the topic in hand, and provide a short-cut to a common agreement.  This last element is the troubling one.  A short-cut…

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