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    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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    Marketing Genius

    You can keep your Yellow Pages and media advertising.  Tradesmen in Yemen have an original and brilliant advertising method, which I really like. Every day, those who are free to take on jobs congregate at strategic landmarks in the city…

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    Turkish Daylight

    It was our last day in Istanbul and our flight was due in the afternoon.  Having done all the sightseeing and eating we wanted to over the previous six days, we were left with the Hamam experience to tick off…

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    Nice Drop of Vinegar

    During our “Dordogne Farm Holiday” in France with our two young daughters, we spent the first week enjoying life on the farm pretending to be farmers but mostly wandering round exploring the farm, picking fruit, stroking animals, chasing chicken, watching…

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    Blanket Genius

    Every now and again, we come across someone who holds a torch to light the way ahead for us and we are eternally grateful to those passing strangers that set new standards for human endeavour.   I am sure you can…

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    Snot A Passport

    Libya: During Gadhafi’s regime, I reluctantly agreed to go to Libya to help a company’s senior management put together a business plan. Being a restless soul, I like to get from A to B in the shortest possible time so…

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    Un-Diplomatic Service

    London: The company “Travel Coordinator” went on line and checked the official requirements for visa application to Saudi Arabia and all seemed fairly straight forward, if a little bureaucratic.  Must have a valid passport; must provide two identical passport photos…

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    Crying Makes You Hungry

    Northern Cyprus Again: Having gone through passport control and security (see previous blog), we settled down in the departure lounge of the tiny Ercan Airport waiting to board our plane to Istanbul. Soon a middle-aged couple joined us and sat…

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    Sleeping on the Job

    Northern Cyprus: If you are wondering where is the worst security measures at an airport, then you will be hard pressed to find one to challenge Ercan Airport in the Turkish Northern Cyprus. We once travelled to Istanbul via Ercan…

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    For Me, For You

    British Airways flight attendant had a strange way of asking you to do things: * would you like to take a seat for me? * a wet towel for you? * any drinks for yourself? * would you fasten your…

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    Dingdong Holiday

    Back in the Nineties, when mobile phones were the size and weight of a brick, the Internet was only accessible by nerds who called it  “Information Super Highway”, and navigation was done by using paper maps, we went on a…

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