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Economic Outlook 2017: Japan

Fueled by fiscal stimulus measures and a depreciating yen following the U.S. presidential election, the Japanese economy is expected to grow moderately in 2017, albeit with downside pressure persisting in publi... Read More...

Extra Virgin or Greasy Harlot?

The olive has been with us for some 8,000 years. Its oil has been a treasured culinary companion around the Mediterranean basin for most of that time. In the past 40 years olive oil’s appeal has gone global. So... Read More...
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Cuba braces itself for a second US invasion

The poor in Cuba are very, very poor, but it does not feel like a country blighted by poverty – not, for example, like India, where I live. People have suffered a repressive political regime with a virtuall... Read More...

Globalisation: Is BREXIT the Tipping Point?

The decision when it came was a shock. Surprisingly, to people all over the world, not just to the British and Europeans directly affected. Reactions, depending upon where you stood, ranged from anger to ju... Read More...
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Differences between Westerners and Easterners

Asia contains literally four billion people. So it’s kind of weird that every time I visit the West, people say: “You’re from Asia? I met a guy from there once; I wonder if you know him?” What’s even more we... Read More...
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4 true stories about taking risks

I NEVER USED TO be a risk-taker but then I had children who would play in the dirt and say things like: “Daddy, close your eyes and open your mouth.” Parents soon learn what true courage is. I’ve been thinki... Read More...
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Thoughts about persuasive speech

INTERVIEWER: “And exactly how much leadership experience do you have?” ME: “Does being admin of a Whatsapp list count? Because I had 20 names on one before I accidentally deleted it.” He wasn’t impressed ... Read More...