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You will miss me when I am gone

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It is Saturday morning and I am enjoying a cappuccino with a friend. It may be the general gloominess of the season but he is concerned about his obituary. Don’t worry, I say consolingly, I will write an obituary for you. I am already warming to the idea of finding something nice to say about him….

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Present imperfect

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That’s the last time I take a bottle of Grand Cru Chablis to a dinner party, I said grumpily as we threaded our way down the garden path. I realised that I had become a little unsteady on my feet – just as well that the taxi had arrived to pick us up at the appointed…

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To do or not to do

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To do or not to do

Alan West’s cat turns out to be a student of philosopher, Donald Rumsfeld… When it comes to life’s “to do or not to do” questions, a kind of Rumsfeldian logic can be applied – There are many things that we can do and therefore do do, quite profitably. There are those things that we can do…

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Lost for words

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Lost for words

“There must be a German word for it,” I said, as we breezed past the entrance gate. The magnificent sandstone facade of the house, basking in the evening sun, suddenly shot into in my rear view mirror. “German word for what?” asked my wife. “Realising that was your turning, just after you’ve gone past it.”…

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Same old, same old

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Though I’m fortunate to work mostly from home, twice a week I put on a suit and head off to the City. This gives me some credibility with my neighbours, in that I visibly have a proper job and don’t spend my days “fiddling around” as a neighbour once rather dismissively described my working from…

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Silver Lining

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Yesterday in Kew Gardens it was a clear, cool Spring day with one of those pale blue English skies. Unlike previous visits over the past 25 years since I have lived in this part of London, you could hear birdsong not drowned out by the constant drone of aircraft a few hundred feet overhead and…

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The Great Pears Soap Reversal

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The Great Pears Soap Reversal

Following adverse consumer reaction and campaigns here on greyhares and on Facebook, Unilever has announced  a rethink of the disastrous reformulation of its much loved 200 year old brand, Pears Transparent Soap. The Daily Mail of  7th January reports that “following a deluge of complaints, owners of the brand Hindustan Unilever Ltd which is based in Mumbai…

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Hare shirts: the perfect new year’s resolution

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There are those things in life that you wish you could stop doing (like eating and drinking too much) and those that you wish you could start doing (like keeping in touch with friends or keeping fit). In moments of weakness or alcohol-fuelled introspection we sometimes resolve to do something about these errors and omissions.  However, this…

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About the author

Alan West is a marketeer, software developer, blogger and would-be poet. Though he has created and edited a number of blogs on behalf of others, the greyhares blog has been a personal mission and a particular pleasure. Outside of trying not to retire just yet, Alan enjoys languages, writing poetry, and practising the dying art of discourse which, he says, is best enjoyed with food and drink and the company of friends.

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