Monthly Archives: October 2012

Gone with the Wind: Marriott NYC customer service

We have had a Hurricane here. Sandy–you might have heard of it. Unfortunately, the worst storm ever to hit Manhattan has coincided with the Magennis family’s first trip to the United States. They have spent the last three days sitting … Continue reading

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Harsh words from Home

Spud Hughes is a hard man to get hold of in any hemisphere or timezone. That’s how it is with international entrepreneurs and media moguls. My appointment with him was at 7:30 this morning, Eastern time, and it is fair … Continue reading

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I smell trouble.

“It isn’t right that I have to drive 25 miles to get hold of a Yankee candle” complained Peggoty the other day. We agree on most things, but here I beg to differ. One of the reasons I love Itchy Ankle … Continue reading

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Playing at Watercolor painting.

My Tuesday night painting class finishes next week and I don’t know what I will do without it. It brings a joy that I don’t ever remember feeling in art class where the emphasis was all on faithful reproduction through … Continue reading

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The death of Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connaught

John, Paul, George and Ringo seemed too archaic and uncool, although I was shocked to find I could not summon up names for more contemporary 4-piece bands. ( How many members are there of One Direction?) North, South, East and … Continue reading

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Arthur Rae, DC Thomson sub-editor and former Bomber Command airman shot down during war. News just in.

Some people’s real stories find an audience only through the obituary columns, allowing them to be better known in death than they may have been in life. Thus it is for Scottish Susie’s dad who died a couple of weeks … Continue reading

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Madness Potato and Tarmac Salad

There are a couple of rules of communications that are unchanging and invincible: listeners never hear good of themselves; and auto-complete is your enemy. To these I add  two others: reading other people’s emails is never wise; and auto-complete can … Continue reading

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The Importance of Ritual

I caught the bouquet at the wedding of Spud to the third Mrs Hughes. Positioning myself just inches from the bride, I  used a mixture of bulk and brass neck to elbow other, younger and more nimble hopefuls out of the way. … Continue reading

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