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Time to restart my Blogging?

Time to restart my Blogging?

I am sure that you will have noticed that I suddenly stopped my regular blog last May and haven’t blogged since. It wasn’t my choice to do so and it is a complicated story but needless to say, I have been itching to restart blogging, and the time has now arrived! Since I last wrote […]

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Lesson #1: Don’t jump to conclusions

Lesson #1: Don’t jump to conclusions

A while ago I wrote a blog article entitled “Never Judge a Book by its Cover.” In essence, it was a story about a couple of people I met on a cross channel ferry that had a surprisingly compassionate side to their otherwise unsavoury demeanour. The episode taught me a lot about not pre-judging people […]

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Adding Value by Serving Others

Adding Value by Serving Others

John C. Maxwell’s 5th law of irrefutable leadership, The Law of Addition, states that the bottom line in leadership isn’t how far we advance ourselves but how far we advance others. Adding Value, Changing Lives Maxwell’s four guidelines for adding value to others: Truly Value Others – effective leaders go beyond not harming others, they […]

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The secret is out of the bag!

The secret is out of the bag!

I consider myself to be fortunate. I am lucky enough to have travelled the world and experienced a vast array of different cultures, cuisines and customs. Food is a passion that I cannot escape from. I will always find the time to try new food, to experience new tastes and to search out new culinary […]

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Never judge a book by its cover.

Yesterday Annette and I drove 500 miles from our home in south-west France to catch a ferry from Calais back to Dover and onwards to home. It was a long day and, by the time we reached the ferry port, I was both bored and very tired from all the driving.  We were fortunate to […]

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Do I stay or do I go?

France is in the midst of a battle between the government and unions over pension reforms. As usual with any dispute between the French government and public sector unions it has the ability to bring the nation to a standstill. Put simply, the French government wants to raise the age at which their citizens are […]

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Is there merit in researching a restaurant before you book? …The day after!

Yesterday I wrote a blog article because I had read a review of the restaurant at The Plough Inn, Shutlanger in South Northamptonshire and was undecided whether to go or simply cancel. I had arranged to meet five friends from the Rotary Club of Towcester for dinner and didn’t want to let them down. In […]

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Is there merit in researching a restaurant before you book?

I am booked to go to a pub/restaurant in a nearby village this evening with a group of friends from my Rotary club, The Rotary Club of Towcester. Without thinking, when asked if I would like to join the group, I quickly checked the calendar on my iPhone, saw that I was free for the […]

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You don’t go to a Rotary meeting for the food…

…and you certainly don’t go to Conference to be served cheap wine at exorbitant prices! The 2010 District 1070 Conference is over. I have driven the 150 miles home and I have had time to reflect during my journey. It would be very easy to complain about the food, the wine, the band and the […]

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