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A bird in the hand

Last year I had ‘one of those’ train journeys. I suppose it’s only to be expected when you’re travelling on a third world rail system. Like the one we have in the UK, for instance. Many of you will, I'm sure, have ...

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Viva Las Vegas, part 2

Well, here I am in Vegas after a long, slightly delayed but otherwise uneventful flight. After the standard cheery greeting at border control I wandered out into the Nevada sunshine and got a taxi to my hotel. The driver asked what ...

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Viva Las Vegas

I've never been to Las Vegas. I'm going there soon and I'm really quite excited at the prospect. Not because I'm a gambler, I hasten to add. I have been known to buy the occasional lottery ticket and enter the office Grand National ...

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If proof were needed

This is a very difficult blog for me to write and it pains me to do so, but some of you have been with me for several years now so I feel able to confide in you. I'm devastated. And the reason is ...

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Going off the rails

I started writing this blog absolutely ages ago, as a continuation of the story in ‘Time off in loo’. I've just stumbled across it languishing forgotten and forlorn in my drafts folder, so I thought I should do the decent ...

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Who cares?

You may be surprised to hear this (unless, of course, you've been a reader of my blogs for a while or are a member of my family) but I'm possibly not the world's most tolerant person. Particularly in the face of ...

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The long and short of it

In our family there's a phenomenon known as the "Thomas goodbye". Thomas is Mrs Oz's maiden name and the Thomas goodbye pretty much applies to everyone on that side of the family, whether or not they've changed their surnames through ...

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Water, water everywhere

It's been an interesting few days. If I had to sum them up in one word, I think that word would be "watery". Let me explain why.Large parts of the UK have experienced wet weather for a couple of weeks ...

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Sound advice from Winnie the Pooh

You may have heard on the news a few weeks ago (the story made the national and international news after all) of an incident at a school near Evesham in Worcestershire, where a teacher pretended to be shot dead in ...

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