February 20, 2017

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Economics Explained

Insightful, amusing, and uncannily accurate. Complex economics explained with the aid of two cows…

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February 12, 2017

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Palms Of Paradise – Central America & Panama Canal

I’ve been a bit tardy in posting any details about our last cruise, which was over 8 months ago. One of those tasks I’ve been meaning to do but never quite getting high enough up the priority list to actually invoke some action! Anyway, at long last. This was our first cruise with Oceania, on […]

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June 10, 2016

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How the EU Works

With apologies to the original author, but I don’t know the provenance of this piece. All I know is that it conforms to my understanding (and experience) of how the European Union works, it explains it in language we can all understand, and (irony and pathos aside) it’s very funny. Subject: How the EU works […]

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April 3, 2016

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Creating A Travel Guide With WikiPedia

An original version of  this post was published in January 2013, but I thought it was worth updating and re-posting, having just created a travel guide for our forthcoming cruise from Miami to San Francisco, via the Panama Canal. A much-overlooked but useful feature of Wikipedia is the “Create A BooK” tool. This enables you to […]

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March 20, 2016

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Christmas & New Year Cruise 2015/6

  Aboard the Cruise & Maritime ship “Magellan“. This was a first experience of being away for Christmas and the New Year. It was an amazing time, taking in the Christmas market at Antwerp, Christmas dinner at sea at the Captain’s table, and seeing the New Year in at Madeira where we were anchored in […]

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December 18, 2015

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Queen Mary 2 – a taste of luxury

Lynda (wife) and I made a conscious decision early in our cruising career to opt for smaller ships, e.g. less than 1,500 passengers, because we preferred a more personal experience. I guess the foundation for this ‘cruising template’ was established from our very first cruise, on the Royal Clipper, which had a complement of 227 […]

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October 21, 2015

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St Barts – Caribbean 2015

Our recent visit to the Caribbean took in the tiny island of St Barthélemy – more commonly known at St Barts. This is the smallest of the fours islands that make up the French West Indies. We arrived at the main town – Gustavia – by tender from our cruise ship early on Sunday morning, […]

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May 1, 2015

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Performance Appraisals and References – some ideas on what to write

Stuck for what to write on your employee’s personal appraisal form? Short of ideas on what to write on that reference you were asked for? Here’s a few ideas (with apologies if you happen to have been the recipient of one of these comments!). “Since my last report, this employee has reached rock bottom and […]

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February 17, 2015

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Quotes Taken From Performance Appraisals

Some ideas for your next employee performance appraisal: “Since my last report, this employee has reached rock bottom and has started to dig.” “I would not allow this employee to breed.” “This employee is really not much of a has-been, but more of a definite won’t be.” “Works well when under constant supervision and cornered […]

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February 5, 2015

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Misleading Notices

I guess we’ve all seen them – notices that have used some form of strangled English to convey their message. Some funny, some weird, and some that defy logic. Here’s a selection: In a Bangkok temple: “IT IS FORBIDDEN TO ENTER A WOMAN, EVEN A FOREIGNER, IF DRESSED AS A MAN.” Cocktail lounge, Norway: “LADIES […]

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