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A tale of two uncles

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This story took place in Bulgaria at the end of the Second World War. My mother had a brother who had been close to the authorities (from the ruling pro-Nazi regime) in his village in the late 1930s and during the war. On the other side of my family, my father had a communist brother who became a partisan, escaped to the mountains and fought against the Nazis in 1944. When the So...

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...

My memories of the communist party

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My first memories of the communist party were the poems I had learnt in kindergarten about it’s role in leading the people to prosperity and protecting them from the threat of capitalism and imperialism. These poems would usually wind up by saying how lucky we were to be born in a communist country. The party was a part of everybody’s life – one had to have the local party sec...

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...

Life's little learnings

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At three I learned the alphabet. At five I learned to ride a bike. At six I learned to write (in big, ugly letters). Sometime around that time I learned to whistle - to the consternation of the birds and all the adults within reach. At 12 I learned that a dog to which you've just given a bone will bite you if you try to take his bone away. This was a prelude to find...