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A birthday to remember

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The 2003 birthday of a good friend of mine was coming up soon and I wanted to give him a memorable present. I bought him Steven Hawking’s “Brief History of Time” but I wanted the present to be more than just a book. I came up with a plan: an office-wide quest in which he had to find his own present. I scattered 7-8 clues around the entire office floor, one leading to the other...

Ireland weekend 1-4 May 2015. My nieces and nephews growing up.

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It was Dad’s 72nd birthday on the 2nd and since he was very excited to have come through his recent surgery so well, he wanted to have a big family get together. It was a lower key trip than normal. I wasn’t a “tourist” in my home country like I normally am. I was there to see my Dad and help out at home where needed. As usual I got to see a lot of my niec...

Talk the talk, yolk the yolk!

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I delivered my first public talk at age 23. I had prepared a 20-page paper on advertising in tourism and had a 30-min slot to present it at an international tourism conference. I had worked really hard on that paper and had come up with a lot of interesting discoveries and creative ideas. I wanted to say it all: 20 pages in 30 min. I practiced my talk several times before the event but couldn...

Seeing the Sea at the age of eight

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I was eight when I saw the sea for the very first time. I thought it was the most amazing thing - vast and smooth. I didn't care that it was just water. I was mesmerised by the whole concept of THE SEA, with all its romantic trappings and the symbolism of faraway journeys. Maybe it was the pirate stories and the Arabian Nights fairy tales that had fuelled my infatuation with the sea from my...