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I was on holiday recently, sitting outside a small pub on the West Coast of Ireland, sipping a pint of Guinness while my wife was looking around a clothes shop. I am not much of a clothes shopper, least of all with my wife, so the half hour with the newspaper was a blessed release.

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My wife’s preferred tipple is a gin and tonic but she is also partial to a pint of beer if we are out walking. However, she does not take too kindly to the barman offering it in a “lady’s glass”, since that is invariably half the normal measure.

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I must admit that there are but a few childhood hobbies and activities that I have carried with me to adulthood. I would number sport, boating and an obsession with mechanical things such as steam railways among them. But I certainly would not include colouring books. Filling in pre-printed outlines with paints and crayons might have been something that I indulged in when I was six. But not now, ten decades later.

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When I was making my way in the printing industry, a career path was something that was fairly well designed and easy to follow, even if having a successful career was something harder to achieve.

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There are lots of things that we take for granted and my wife will be the first to tell you that she thinks she is one of them as far as I am concerned.

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Let’s be honest, despite a devotion to standards like ISO and FOGRA and a determination to produce the best job possible, the output from most of the printing and converting industry’s presses is destined for the garbage can.

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In 1991 I took my children to the famous Wembley stadium to see our favourite football team Nottingham Forest play in the FA Cup Final of that year. It was not a happy day as we lost to Tottenham Hotspur 2-1. But I wanted a permanent memento of the occasion, so my wife who was left at home while the four of us went to London, recorded the game on our television VHS video recorder.

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The UK’s upper tier of Parliament – the House of Lords, has recently passed a bill to bring in regulations governing the packaging of tobacco products, becoming the second EU government to take this step. The members of the House of Lords agreed new regulations after debating the benefits of introducing plain packaging, including reducing the attractiveness of the packets and making health warnings more visible.

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