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September 2012

The Tao of the Way

By Dave Snowden  ·  September 24, 2012  ·  Great places

Peter, Julia and I achieved a milestone today with the completion of the Cotswolds Way.  We started this back in August 2011 when a weather forecast promised doom and dire prognostications for the Thames Path and so we headed west.  The Thames path then consumed our attention until work on the Olympics and the approach of summer motivated us to move to a less urban walk.  So in April we did the Stumps Cross to Cleeve Hill section .  The merry month of May saw us reach Leckhampton Hill followed by three sections in July and the final...

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It just works!

By Dave Snowden  ·  September 14, 2012  ·  Musings

Every now and then a tool comes along which is so fit for purpose that its simplicity is a form of beauty.  For years I have struggled with keeping up to date with expenses.  I remember well over a decade ago hiding in a holiday cottage while the family were at the beach frantically completing six months of paper work to avoid a very embarrassing conversation with the bank manager, and the near panic when my manager of time realised that I was a year behind in claiming a significant amount of money.   Then there was the boxes of...

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On flying

By Dave Snowden  ·  September 14, 2012  ·  Musings

I don't think I will ever really tire of flying.  I sometimes think its the modern equivalent of a retreat.  Instead of going away to a remote monastery for a week, you struggle through an airport and then settle into an aluminium tube with perfect strangers and simply relax.  On a longer flight, assuming something more than cattle class I admit, settling back to a RomCom with a Gin and Tonic, drifting in and out of sleep (hence the RomCom, it really doesn't matter if you miss it); maybe clearing some email; reading a book without...

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Taking things for granted

By Dave Snowden  ·  September 13, 2012  ·  Great places

My second day in the Netherlands and on to familiar territory with Amsterdam.  I've been coming here for years on business both before and after IBM.  Its a familiar city, I know the tram system backwards and have my OV-chipkaart.  That is a truly wonderful card that works on all public transport throughout the Netherlands.  It's only downside is the Calvinist distrust of credit and foreigners.  The only way I can recharge it is with cash at a major station (and for unmanned ones that means coins!).  Credit cards are only accepted...

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... for which you never blamed us

By Dave Snowden  ·  September 11, 2012  ·  Great places, Reflections

To the Netherlands today, after a brief respite from travel.  Setting the alarm for 0430 to make the early morning flight was not easy, especially when my body clock was telling me it was just after midnight and time to go to bed.  But I made it (by the skin of my teeth as usual) and one of the "originals" from IBM days, Friso picked me up from Schiphol airport to drive me to Arnheim for a client afternoon session.  At lunch time we were at the site of the WWII museum, this was of course the site of Operation Market Garden,...

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