You can’t beat the real thing

I'm returning to London on Saudi Arabian Airlines and I've just accepted a delicious snack served with coffee. The snack is something I used to despise having to endure the box being opened on Christmas Day and tasting one just to appease my mum who adored them.  The snack?  Dates. But during my business trip to Saudi Arabia I was re-introduced to dates and what a difference. Gorgeous, sweet and an amazing accompaniment to Arabian coffee. The reason for the difference in taste is quite clear - they're fresh having…

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A negotiating lesson from the Greeks

I read in the paper this weekend about the idea Greece has to bring in some much needed cash to help it spring from the deep recession and bail-out culture they're in. And we Brits did it in the Second World War when we ran out of cash too. Yet this idea can help you enormously when negotiating. Let me explain. Greece has 6,000 islands, many of them uninhabited and a wondrous climate melted into the Mediterranean Sea. The idea proposed by Mr Samaris, is to lease these islands to…

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