January 23, 2018

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Venice to Barcelona September 2017

Cruising on the Oceania cruise ship Sirena, 11th September to 22nd September 2017.   We took a flight from London Heathrow to Venice where we boarded our Oceania cruise ship, the Sirena. Our first time on this ship, though we have previously cruised on her sister ship, the Regatta. The ships are identical in layout, […]

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August 7, 2017

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Actual quotes taken from employee performance appraisals

As a manager, I’ve had to do my fair share of performance appraisals, which (as I’m sure the employees also found) was a pretty tedious and meaningless experience. Fortunately I left all of that behind me when I left Reuters in 1999, my last full-time employer before striking out as an independent consultant (now semi-retired). […]

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June 12, 2017

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The Rise of Zombie Smartphone Users

Apparently there is a world-wide epidemic of ‘Zombie Smartphone Users’, which I can quite believe based on my infrequent sojourns into London. A smartphone zombie is a pedestrian who walks slowly and without attention to their surroundings because they are focussed on their smartphone. I used to keep dodging out of the way of people […]

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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

Cruise on the QM2, New York To London, 29th October 2015 to 6th November 2015   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 […]

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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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