Monthly Archives: February 2014

My first cover story!

I thought that I might give a little update on my writing as the last few weeks have been very productive ones in terms of writing.  I’m about to have an article published by a leading environmental magazine (more details … Continue reading

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Ukraine, Putin and the West – What you need to know

It’s not often I write political pieces, but the scenes on the television news coming out of Kiev are terrible.  Not so long ago, Kiev hosted international football tournaments and was fast becoming a city-break destination for western Europeans rather … Continue reading

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Walking through a graveyard of giants

I try to go for a walk every day, it adds a bit of routine which is necessary when writing at home in the winter nearly every day.  Sometimes I go along the canal, other times through parks and across … Continue reading

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Bad bosses, Bullies, Dilbert and the Peter Principle

I don’t know about you but during my 20 years working in a variety of office based environments, the one thing that struck me almost since the first day was that by and large, the majority of managers are to … Continue reading

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Visiting Montmatre, home of artists and Sacre Couer

So, we have just about reached the end of our short break in Paris.   To be honest I could stay here a lot longer.  There may be a few strange things about the place but overall I love it.  It’s … Continue reading

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A date with the Mona Lisa

If you’re in Paris for more than a day then you really should make the effort to visit The Louvre as we did on Sunday. It is the worlds biggest and most visited museum and is impossible to see in … Continue reading

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The Palace of Versailles

Saturday morning and the sun was out and our spirits were high. Our sore feet were going to be spared the long march to the Seine as instead we were going to the Palace of Versailles about 15 miles out … Continue reading

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Another long days walk around beautiful Paris

We have been walking around 10 miles each day around Paris and on Friday we were blessed by sunny weather. It was by no means warm but if you could find somewhere out of the wind, it felt nice or … Continue reading

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A mini break to Paris

Wednesday saw my wife and I start a mini break in Paris as it is 7 years since we first met. I always love going on train journeys but especially on the Channel Tunnel. St. Pancras is such a beautiful … Continue reading

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Virgin: The best complaint letter in the world

I don’t know about you but I am no good at all at complaining at least not in person.  Being British means that it is generally better to be polite and unhappy than complain and be happy or even more … Continue reading

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