Crisis, what crisis? How Dermot delivered when needed most

I have been visiting Korea multiple times each year since 1989 and care deeply about its travel retail industry. I am proud of the respect in which we are held there. Our voice was an important one for a sector under legislative attack. Quite simply we had to be there.

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And so it goes

No matter how much I flailed or panicked they could not hear me nor set me free from the bubble that encased me. And then, suddenly, I was up above the surface, bursting to life, panicking, relieved, telling my startled children what I had just experienced.

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Welcome to The Moodie Report’s interim bureau (a London hospital)

Yesterday’s under-stated report from The Moodie Report team correctly summed up the situation: I have had major heart surgery in recent days. And as anyone who has been through such treatment knows, it is pretty tough on the body. So I will need to lie low (probably literally) for a few weeks.

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A tribute to brave, beautiful orange Ollie

This week his family and other loved ones celebrated Ollie’s life. They did that in the most lovely way – by all wearing a splash of orange, Ollie’s favourite colour. And therefore, so do we.

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(Mid) Field of Dreams: Build it and they will come

From The Moodie Report’s Interim Abu Dhabi Bureau in December  I could look out on an airport. There’s nothing unusual about that for me, I often stay at airport hotels for reasons of convenience. What’s unusual about these views (from my room at the Premier Inn to be precise) is the nature of the airport […]

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Diary of a dispute: Case and coverage closed

Sometimes in publishing there are stories you’d rather not have to write. No matter how neutral your stance and fair your treatment, you know that the subject matter is controversial, perhaps painful to one or more parties.

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Qatar Airways inflight safety video leads to Messi moments

I’ve seen some excellent inflight safety videos in recent times (Air New Zealand’s Hobbit-themed and All Blacks/Men in Black efforts among the best) but the new edition from Qatar Airways is right up with the best of them. After a turbulent period in 2015 it’s time to sit back, fasten your safety belts and ride into the New Year with Qatar Airways. You may just recognise some of your fellow passengers…

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