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Why I lost my watch at Dublin airport

I was early getting to Dublin airport. After the Bag Drop, we strolled over to the Departure Gate and scanned our Boarding Passes, declined the offers of clear plastic bags for liquids and toothpaste and joined one of the funnels … Continue reading

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Was it sang froid that night in Wexford?

It was a night to remember at the Opera, but not for the usual reasons. Back in 1979, Wexford in Ireland staged a performance that has passed into the folklore of stage productions. The opera was La Vestale by Spontini, … Continue reading

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Knowing that you know

And a woman said, “Master, speak to us about ageing.” And the Master said: “There will come a time when the lessons of life’s experiences coalesce into understanding and mature into wisdom. For what is wisdom, save the enlightened state … Continue reading

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A BYPASS WORTH HAVING

It was a sunny Sunday afternoon in July 2001, and I was driving my Irish girlfriend, Evelyn, to Stansted airport to catch her flight home after the weekend we had shared in Bromley. She was asleep beside me and I … Continue reading

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A great Curry Evening for Jimmy Mizen

The mayor of Lewisham, Sir Steve Bullock, supported a Curry Evening in aid of the Jimmy Mizen Foundation. Jimmy Mizen was a teenager who was murdered in South London five years ago, and his parents, Barry and Margaret set up … Continue reading

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Is the weed controlling your life?

I gave up smoking one Friday afternoon when I was a couple of months shy of my 30th birthday. Not a single puff since. Having started smoking at the age of 12, I was a 15-20 a day man. In … Continue reading

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Just to be different

Weekend shoppers thronged the High Street, many with children in tow. One young girl stopped to stare with wide eyes at a copper statue of a man with a hat. Her mouth dropped open when the statue bent over to … Continue reading

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Debasing the currency of compassion

I was on a train to London in the middle of the afternoon when an attractive but slightly scruffy honey blonde came through from the next carriage. She placed a packet of facial tissues on the seat in front of … Continue reading

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PRE-PACKAGING REMOVES CUSTOMER CHOICE

Everywhere you look these days there are special offers and incentives to buy more, through BOGOF and 3 for 2 offers. On the face of it, customers are getting good discount offers. But not always. Two factors are working to … Continue reading

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Exit Programme

There’s an expression I use to describe the solution to a problem that I suspect is fairly widespread. I call it the Exit Programme. It covers matters as diverse as hordes of incoming mail, bills to be paid, licences to … Continue reading

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