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Zurich – my impressions

I really didn’t want to like it. It would make life so much easier if I didn’t. But thanks to the sterling effort of a few friends, I must confess that I do like Zurich.   What I do like:   Zurich has character – the verges are not always neat and tidy, the buildings…

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What now? The Challenges of Change…

It’s funny how an impending change makes you look at your current situation very differently. Makes you realise how good it is in so many ways. And makes you realise how much is still on your bucket or to-do list… A month ago our company informed us that certain departments would be relocated from Germany…

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Happy Freedom Day South Africa!

Happy Freedom Day everyone! Can you believe it really is 20 years (2 decades!) since so many of us went and voted for the first time on that April day in 1994? I thought of something profound to say, but my happiness revolves around my pride at South Africa as a country, and the people…

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The Big 70th Surprise

“How much deception was there?” he asked… “A bit”… although I prefer to call it preparation for a successful surprise. And it did lead to one of the best hugs I have ever received – I still get goosebumps when I tell the story and tears in my eyes when I look at the photos.…

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What a Madiba weekend!

In bed, on my cellphone at 11pm. That’s where I found out about Madiba’s death. Something I had been expecting on many a morning while reading the news on my smartphone in bed. And then it came at night for many of us. I had heard my phone bleep a couple of times, but ignored…