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    Travel Blog

    Although I travel a lot, I never really learned to embrace the experience of traveling. I find it tiring, boring, wasteful, dangerous and thoroughly unpleasant. Occasionally though, “stuff” happens that stops me dead in my tracks in disgust, shock, amusement or plain disbelief. This blog is about telling some of these travel stories, which are largely true but with a certain degree of embellishment on my part.

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    Peanuts & Company

    I wouldn’t say I am an expert or even a big fan of peanuts but; I have become aware on my travels of how prevalent and varied in quality these snacks are. There are bad peanuts, average peanuts, good peanuts…

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    Dak Dak Do

    Here are two things you absolutely must have on your bucket list: See Eric Clapton in concert; and visit Istanbul.  What you must not do though, is go to an Eric Clapton concert in Istanbul; friends of mine and I…

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    Berber Blues

    There is no doubt about it, Algeria is an interesting country which I am happy to visit again and again but, I am always fearful for my life while there. Don’t get me wrong; Algerians are not always brandishing knives…

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    Oh Me Gad!

    I was given a vintage Omega watch as a present, which was inscribed with my name in case I forgot whom I was.  It was given to me by the family and therefore, it is very dear to me.  So…

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    Champagne Piccolo Sir?

    British Midlands (BM), which no longer exists, having been swallowed up by British Airways (BA), used to have an early Friday evening flight from Brussels to Birmingham, England.  A flight that barely took an hour in duration but because it…

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    Wheels of Fortune

    I have a dilemma bordering on OCD. In comparison, Shakespeare’s “To be or not to be” is as simple as choosing coffee instead of tea. The dilemma I face every time I travel somewhere is multi layered: how much clothes…

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    Random Selection

    Is there anything more irritating than hearing the same funny line over and over again and be expected to laugh? You know statements like: “I am on a seafood diet, whenever I see food I eat it”, or “you don’t have…

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    Air Kissing in Beirut

    I love Lebanon in general and I am particularly crazy bout Beirut, even in times of trouble. It is beautiful, dangerous, creative, vibrant, optimistic, lethal, addictive but above all, it is full of surprises, mostly pleasant ones, with the occasional…

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    Frills and Thrills

    You have heard of those heroes who snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, when they somehow come up with a last minute tactic that turns their fortunes round and right before your eyes, they emerge as winners.  On few…

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    Illegal Entry

    Sometimes, trouble comes and finds you but other times, you go out looking for it.  A family couple came to visit me for a few days and we arranged to have a Sunday lunch with friends at a famous restaurant…

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