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@wwaycorrigan Picture the scene. You’re a checkout operator and you’ve just finished with one customer, a lady who left a small bag of vegetables at the cash register, something she decided she didn’t want. There’s only one other person to be served in a(...)

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@wwaycorrigan «You’re a posh boy now, a gomelo.» So go the jibes from my old barrio buddies now that I find myself living in a «swankier» part of Bogotá (‘gomelo’, for the uninitiated, is the Colombian word for what you might call preppy types). Yes,(...)

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@wwaycorrigan An old friend once told me that in the world of horserace gambling, it’s best to be in one of two camps: The first is to know a lot about it, where you make an informed, «backed-up-by-facts» decision on your selection. The other is knowing nothing or(...)

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@wwaycorrigan It’s pretty much accepted that money is not the chief motivator when it comes to our working lives. It plays a part to a point, but for the majority of us, there has to be more to our job than the pay packet at the end of the week or month or whenever.(...)

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@wwaycorrigan There is an expression we use in Ireland to describe those who put themselves before everybody else. We call them ‘mé féiners’, putting an English ending to two Irish-language words, ‘mé féin’, meaning ‘myself’. Basically, you(...)

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@wwaycorrigan «You can take the man out of the barrio, but you can’t take the barrio out of the man.» OK, that old saying doesn’t really apply to me in its entirety. For Bogotá’s ‘barrios populares’, the working-class neighbourhoods, are still(...)

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