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Archive for February 2014

William at the Oasis

February 24, 2014

He’s there almost every day by the Oasis. Almost always smiling. Almost always engaging with anyone who passes by. Almost always talking some kind of good natured nonsense. And, his voice carries, so you can usually hear him from a fair distance as you approach. William  is a customer of the Oasis – a café […]

Happy landings?

February 17, 2014

Chatting the other day to an employee at Heathrow Airport, the conversation turned to the incident a couple of years back in Boston when the pilot of a passenger plane averted disaster with his superior piloting skills. All the plane’s automated systems had failed and he had to bring the plane down manually. His quick […]

Bowled over!

February 10, 2014

“We’ll have Fatty Braun, you can have Markiewicz” These are words that have rung in my ears for over 45 years since my secondary school days. They take me back to the young me standing on freezing cold football/hockey/rugby pitches, nose running and knees clacking, as teams were picked for matches by surly, cocky “captains”. And […]

A man from NASA and the toilet attendant

February 3, 2014

Theres a lovely, simple story – possibly apocryphal –  that goes back to the 60’s about a janitor working at the US space agency (NASA). He was asked by a visiting diginitary what his job was. The janitor replied: “I’m helping put a man on the moon”. This blog is published on a Monday morning, […]