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The Inn at Whitewell

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 23, 2014  ·  Great places

I first came to the Inn at Whitewell back in 1973.  I was taken there by Blyth and Arthur as part of a trip over the Trough of Bowland in the spring of my first year at University.  Blyth had worked with me in both the Debating Club and the School Press but was a year older and had gone up to Lancaster the previous years.  She and Arthur were one of the most physically mismatched couples I have ever known, but they had come together as opposites often do and Arthur had a car!  Back in the 70s that was a big thing on campus, most of...

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Best US breakfast

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 15, 2014  ·  Great places

One of the great pleasures of coming to the US is the availability of corned-beef hash cooked in a skillet.   Ok the bread is crap, if you are lucky processed white, no wholemeal, but corned beef with vegetables and poached eggs takes some beating.   A few instructions to the wait rose yesterday morning and it was diabetic friendly.  Add to that a full bowl of berries and life started well.   It set me up for a slippery taxi ride yesterday through the snow.   I took a bus for breakfast with Esther Derby this morning to talk about a...

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Leaving Halifax NS

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 12, 2014  ·  Great places

For those waiting on my how I would have done it post on the whole WestJet/Toronto fiasco you will have to wait another day.   I had too much work to clear today to allow me thinking time.  So I have reserved that task for my three flights tomorrow: Halifax-Toronto-Chicago-Minneapolis.  Well I hope there will be three and they will all be tomorrow and I will be on them!  It hasn't started well with the WestJet site now allowing me to checkin.  

Whatever, today was a catch up day, mostly trying to clear email.   I made one trip out...

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Pragmatism, realism & difference

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 10, 2014  ·  Great places, Musings

We packed a lot into the last two days, adding meetings over meals as needed to compensate for two days lost due to a combination of the weather, but more importantly the inability of West Jet to break out of their linear models (more over the weekend as promised).  Thursday saw me do three pretty similar presentations to different groups in short order;  something I enjoy as it refines the messages and often gives new insights as you adjust to each audience.   The last one included people external to Government including members of...

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Of small things

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 5, 2014  ·  Great places, Musings

"It's a little Anxious," he said to himself, "to be a Very Small Animal Entirely Surrounded by Water.

One of those delightful phrases from a childhood book that stays with you for all time.  My sister once quoted it exactly from her push chair outside the school gate when my Mother was waiting to pick me up. She must have been no more than three at the time, which by coincidence was the same age as that claimed by Piglet in the opening of the chapter: IT rained and it rained and it rained. Piglet told himself that never in all his...

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