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That Moment… #heatwave #flies #hotellife #1976 #deadfliesandsherrytrifle

It’s been incorrigibly hot here recently and the flies have been dying in their dozens, usually between the secondary glazing and the windows. How do they get it? I’ve never understood musca domestica and its penchant to peg out in … Continue reading

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What To Do When You’re Going Bonkers: Part Historic

We began cleaning the house, carefully taking every room apart and then restoring it. It’s thrown up some hidden gems – a packet of Hoola Hoops with a sell-by date of 2006 fr’instance. And it’s shown up my inner lawyer … Continue reading

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Appraising #memories

I wrote what you see below two years ago and today someone asked me how I thought they were doing. We’re both volunteers and I was flummoxed. How on Earth was I meant to answer? I’ve lost the art of … Continue reading

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The London Olympics – My Part In Its Downfall: Part One

6th July 2005. Overcast, a bit sticky. I’m lawyer in London. A partner in an international law firm. I’m head of Global Real Estate. I have the official VIH (or CDI in French – the Very Important Hat or Chapeau … Continue reading

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Part Three: Working The French #france #french

Et encore more reminiscences of La Belle France Work. I’ve had to visit Paris many times through my work. Conferences, partners get togethers, client meetings and marketing trips, one football tour with the office eleven and the final meeting in … Continue reading

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It Shouldn’t Happen… But It Did: The Developer’s Wife and the Hot Flush #lawyerlytales

This is part of a series based on my life in the law as a property lawyer. Some clients were easy going and some not; some were bright and some not; some were patient and some not. And then there … Continue reading

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Naturalised Londoner: part 3 – that first job

I’m spinning some plates just now. As well as pulling together all the short fiction I wrote during 2017 for a new anthology, Life In A Conversation, and reworking the very first book I wrote, I’m getting close to finalising … Continue reading

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Russian Roulette

Back in the early 90s the law firm I worked at decided that the way to a golden future was to expand into Europe and Asia. Over a relatively short period we acquired offices throughout Western Europe. Some of the … Continue reading

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Ponderings While Pulling Trees

A little light musing, interspersed with pictures of the garden.. I was digging up a tree yesterday. It’s the sort of work that I used to love when working at the legal coal face. It meant I couldn’t actually think about … Continue reading

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Picking (At) A Winner (or what not to do when interviewing)

I found myself doing something that, frankly, is going out of fashion. I was with a group, discussing something worthy and I doodled. Nowadays the distractions tend to come electronically with the subtle, and often not so subtle, phone use … Continue reading

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