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Walking the shore

One of the most pleasurable things my wife and I do while on holiday is walk! I know, sounds so mundane doesn’t it? But we love it. We walk, we talk we watch people, observe the surroundings, interact with the locals, or just join hands and silently amble. Walking, we’ve discovered, is one of the best ways to know the locality we’re visiting. These walks last anything from as little as half an hour to hours …

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A&W Cruisin’ for a Cause

The A&W Canadian restaurant chain did something wonderful last weekend by launching a fun event for the second year to help the MS Society of Canada by launching an innovative event which invites people to bring their classic cars to their local A&W. A good strategy to generate interest. A&W also pledged C$1 for every Teen Burger they sold. With that, they raised C$400,000 last year! I expect that they will probably raise more this year. …

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Tattooed people aren’t scary, they’re cool!

Tattooed people aren’t scary, they’re cool!

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Discovering a tattoo convention by chance at the Amsterdam RAI convention centre, I determined to go and have a look, and thank goodness I did! Tattoos are cool. Tattooed people aren’t scary. They’re just using their own bodies to tell their stories and show their thoughts in a lasting manner for as long as they live. The artists there were incredible. Some of the traditional methods of tattooing looked quite painful, but the participants were emphatic …

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Amsterdam reflections

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After a very hectic but immensely satisfying week, I am back home again. It’s good to be with your family and good to sleep in your own bed again.In the week we’ve been away, we produced two news reports which were aired on the same day they were shot, while another 3 are in progress, I visited a Tattoo Convention and of course enjoyed what Amsterdam had to offer…

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Wir werden uns wiedersehen, Berlin

As I leave this lovely city and bid adieux to new friends, its time for a reflection. I came here at the invitation of the German government’s Foreign Office through their embassy in Bahrain. I came rather hesitantly as I had to take ten full days off work at a time where we’re rather busy preparing for an important project. It took some convincing but I’m now very glad that I accepted to participate. Of course …

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Overflowing emotions. Blame Fidelio

Overflowing emotions. Blame Fidelio

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It’s taken me exactly 9 days to fall in love with Berlin. And when you consider that I was only there for 10 days, that was cutting it pretty fine… The reason?

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Postcards from Berlin 2 – The Bundestag

My friend Lucien Koch gave us a quick physical and informational tour of the German Parliament’s buildings in Berlin. …

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Lessons in Citizenship

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Yesterday was a full day with us starting with a visit to Der Tagesspiegel and chatting with its editor responsible for both online and print media and then to the Bundespressekonferenz to listen to about a dozen ministerial spokespersons, who each in turn presented the latest news from his ministry and fielded questions from the audience.

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Postcards from Berlin – 1

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Berlin’s way of remembering the past to ensure that history doesn’t repeat itself while honoring those who made sacrifices in the country’s turbulent history. …

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Visiting the Rotary Club of Berlin Humboldt

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I had the pleasure of visiting the Rotary Club of Berlin Humboldt on Monday evening at the Berlin International Club and in Rotary tradition, I’ve exchanged flags with the sitting president Prof. Dr. Dieter Stassen.

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