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Airport adventures – why you don’t fly on 9/11

I flew to the US on 9/11. Not the infamous one, but last year. That day wasn’t my choice, as my doctor had booked me to have a medical scan that wasn’t available in The Bahamas where I live. I wasn’t actually unhappy, or even worried about the date, as I am not American. Like […]

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The wedding reception best forgotten

Unfortunately the events best forgotten are the ones that stick in the mind the longest. This story is from about twenty-five years ago.   I have always known that my family was at best eccentric, and at worst positively weird, especially in their outlook and actions. In fact, I can safely say that none of […]

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The great triathlon scam

When I was younger, oh, alright, an awful lot younger, I was quite fit, sublimating my libido with long runs and longer bike rides. This was the time when triathlons were all the rage, and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism thought it would be a good idea to sponsor one.  Naturally, they had to hire […]

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The Cap gone crazy!

Susan Christou writes I hadn’t worked at P.I. for long however, having been one of the few (if any others ‘exist’, I’m not sure) who had worked for Playboy, Crystal Palace and P.I…..I was acquainted with the majority of people who worked there, although CC was not one of them I knew well. It was […]

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They’re on vacation

This might have been a Casino story but it is more personal, at least in the end, so filed under personal it is. I had been a Pit Boss for several years or so and wanted to progress, so I had seen the then Casino manager and asked to be assigned as the Pit Boss […]

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Why Write?

If you have read some of the other stories on this site you will have seen that I seem to have a bit of literary heritage. My father wrote a book about Gauguin; it was published in 1939 and was translated into both French and German. The German edition was particularly successful; unfortunately he never […]

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The tasty curry

When my grandfather started out as a rubber planter, he basically lived deep in the Malayan jungle, with only his indented labourers for company. The only contact he had with the outside world was a once a month delivery of supplies which included food. The first couple of weeks after this delivery were times of […]

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The cream puff diet

   One of my cousins did boxing at school, and was good enough to represent his school against other schools. When it came time for the meet against their greatest rivals he heard that the opponent in his weight division was absolutely fearsome, routinely wiping the floor with everyone he faced! My cousin had no […]

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Benefit of clergy

One of my godparents trained for the priesthood, but as soon as he came into money he decided that it was not to be his vocation, and recanted his vows and chucked it in. He did however have a lot of friends from that time, so my family got to know some quite well. My […]

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Antipodean murmurs

One branch of my family came from Australia, and my great grandfather had a very interesting and varied life, but I believe that many people in those days had a varied and interesting life as things were not as structured as they are now.    My great grandfather ran away from home at the age […]

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