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Olympic Games – London 2012 – Opening Ceremony – Danny Boyle

Jul 28th, 2012 | By

Danny Boyle – thank you! Wow! A Masterpiece! A nation wihout humor (humour!) would be sad. A nation with humor can laugh together with the world. In this case (having lived more of my life outside Great Britain than within) I am sure this will only contribute to curiosity about this strangely crowded and quirky
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Airport Days

Nov 14th, 2011 | By
View from the airplane

There is something unique to the experience of rising early for a flight. It’s not the same as an early start for a motoring journey whether that happens to be from home or a hotel. Setting out to get to the airport has peculiar stresses and some pleasures. If you leave on time it is
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Whatley Manor – Near Malmesbury – Wiltshire – UK

Jul 25th, 2011 | By

Country Inns and hotels sometimes please and occasionally disappoint. I am not going to waste your time with a lengthy tome on sadness or lack, but offer a note about a place I will stay one day, in fact I would have to cancel other plans, happily, to stay at Whatley Manor. On occasion an
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How to waste an hour trying to fix your keyboard (A.K.A., Hold on! there must be another screw!)

Mar 31st, 2011 | By

Yesterday, for the first time in my life, I spilled tea on my keyboard. Don’t worry, my desktop keyboard, not my laptop (phew!). Anyway, Roger, with his panther-like reflexes, immediately grabbed and flipped my keyboard upside down, so the tea would drain out of it. I got towels, wiped everything, tested the keyboard, everything seemed
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X-Hotels™ launch – from the founders of 5 Star Raft Hotels™

Apr 2nd, 2010 | By

Re-printed from CreteTravel.com blog (April Fools 2010) An astonishingly timely hotel concept launches today with the opening of the first 7 hotels in the newborn X-Hotels™ chain. This infant in the worldwide hospitality scene is expected to grow fast – there will be 30 X-Hotels open within 6 months and brand-linked cafes and restaurants under the X-Presso™
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Buying nice is not being nice, “Granny-D” died

Mar 28th, 2010 | By

Morning Reading, selected articles of interest from various publications. The Economics of Being Nice Where the researchers and commentators go wrong is in the beginning. They think that buying an ‘ethical’ mutual fund…or a ‘green’ car…is a form of being nice. It is nothing of the sort. It is a substitute for being nice. Being
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Don’t bail us out – let us fail

Mar 13th, 2010 | By

We need to look far into the future We need to put our house in order – this is our last chance, so please, don’t lend us any more money. Don’t buy our bonds, don’t give us aid. We need to feel the pain of bankruptcy to correct our ways. You all know how profligate
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Unusual gift ideas for unusual people

Dec 24th, 2009 | By

Having to buy, invent, dream up & magically conjure up gifts for Roger, I have always been on the lookout for unusual, original gifts. Here’s a list of ideas I have used or saved for future use: A personalized caricature portrait (www.sprattiart.com). This looks amazing & of high quality. It is also very original! Cost:
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Christmas fun

Dec 20th, 2009 | By

Christmas snow scene illustration I love Christmas! It is such a wonderful time when most people are in a good mood and kinder than usual to each other. Smiles come easier, little hiccups are dismissed faster, we do more fun things with our friends and family, we play with children. If we are lucky, we
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Best Christmas songs

Dec 16th, 2009 | By

I love listening to Christmas songs in the days before and during Christmas…most of them are so melodic & beautiful – they put me right in the mood for holiday cheer! I have bought many Christmas songs (mp3) or CD collections over the years – I will be posting my favourites here…starting with this list
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