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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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    The Sad Life of a Camel

    This is a sad story without a likely happy ending and I still feel very touched by it, so much so, I need to share it with as many people as possible. I was in Sana’a, Yemen and after two…

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    A Simple Passenger

    Random Passenger: Excuse me this is my seat Me: My boarding pass says it is mine, I have 2B and this seat is 2B Random Passenger: But I always have 2B Me: What does your boarding pass has on it:…

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    My Wee Fee & I

    Recently in a Paris hotel, I called the front desk. Me: Bonsoir Front Desk: Oui Monsieur, ow can I elp you? Me: Can you arrange for an iron to be delivered to my room please? Front Desk: we do not…

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    Are You Famous?

    Bahrain: Early morning scene on an airport transfer bus: Friend (optimistic): Excuse me, do I know you? MP (puzzled): I don’t know! Friend: Are you in the insurance business? MP (wearily): No, sorry. Friend (determined): you look familiar though, are…

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    Over-served & Underwhelmed

    There is a glitzy 5-Star hotel in Qatar that boasts Swarovski Couches in the lobby; they know who they are!  The management is determined to offer legendary service; whether you want it or not.  The hotel is way over-staffed at…

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    Tipping Point

    We once had an indifferent and borderline rude service at a restaurant however; the food itself was quite good. It was my treat that day so, I paid the bill exactly as it stated on paper and omitted to leave…

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    Lost & Found Amman Airport

    If you are travelling to Jordan, a nice country to visit, do yourself a favour: don’t leave any valuables behind on the plane.  You will get it back, but not before your nerves are stretched to just before snapping point….

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    Pope Sylvester II

    Stupid Questions:  In 1998 I was asked a question by a worried Belgian client if I could help with his company’s state of readiness for the Millennium Bug; we all worried the world would come to an end on 1…

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    Lean On Me

    I had suffered a very nasty bout of flu while in Canada during my Christmas break visiting a girlfriend and her family.  I was looking forward to returning to normal life in a relatively warmer weather so, finding myself sitting…

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    How Can I Not Help You?

    Algeria is a beautiful country but they don’t do “Customer Service”. Here is a conversation I once had with Reception in one of the most prestigious hotels: Receptionist: Yes? Me: Can you please send someone to stock the bathroom with…

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