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I was wrong

I’m a bit old fashioned when it comes to business. I believe that nothing builds relationships better than sitting down together in person, enjoying a pint together and having a good old chin wag. But when the pandemic hit the UK and we went into lockdown, I begrudgingly moved to online meetings. I’ll be honest – it’s been ok. Once …

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Think you’re easily sold? I bet I’m worse.

I’ll buy anything. A slick pitch, a good offer and that’s all it takes. My hand is in my wallet and I’m handing over the cash faster than my wife can say “Are you serious?” Sometimes it works out well – like the hot tub that kept us going through the last 12 months of lockdown – and sometimes not …

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We all did some crazy things in our youth

As a young Brummie lad, there was many a night where a “brilliant idea” turned into a total disaster and ended with waking up in a field/bush/stranger’s flat with only one shoe… But I bet most of you never did anything quite as crazy as Welshman, Brian Robson. Back in his youth, Brian was working in Australia, when he became …

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If these last 12 months have taught us anything, it’s the importance of flexibility in business.

Whatever industry you’re in, the chances are that you’ve had to change your ways, navigate new challenges and push through some crazy-hard obstacles. But that’s just part of being in business. In freight, we’re no stranger to unexpected challenges. From typhoons and hurricanes to freak lightning that makes craters in the runway. Every year brings us some unexpected obstacles to …

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We’ve a big problem here in the UK

A shortage of garden gnomes. As a knock-on effect of the lockdowns and blockage of the Suez Canal, garden centres all over the UK are struggling to source our bearded little buddies at a rate that matches demand. There’s just not enough gnomes to go around. Now, I’m no gardener – you heard what happened last time I tried to …

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Not everyone is as passionate about containers as I am.

  I know it’s a weird passion to have. But I love to see all the cool things people can do when you give them a container… In my previous blogs, I’ve talked about containers made into houses and people using them as garden offices too. But I recently came across a whole other use… Raves. With nightclubs and bars …

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The Suez Canal has been all over the press this week.

Evergreen cargo ship, Ever Given, ran aground nearly a week ago – blocking the canal and causing a tailback of 367 vessels.   More than $9 billion of trade passes through the Suez Canal each day – and a reroute adds an extra 4 weeks onto the journey and takes ships down through perilous and hostile waters.   It really …

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Don’t Show Grandma!

Abandoned cargo is a big issue in our industry. But did you know it’s not just cargo that gets abandoned? Whole ships can too! In recent weeks, a dozen ships have been abandoned thanks to the knock-on effect of Turkish police arresting shipping magnate Mübariz Mansimov Gurbano. And it’s not only the ships that are stuck out at sea – …

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Pirate Problems

Why are pirates called pirates? Because they “Arghhhhh!” I know. Terrible joke. I won’t give up the day job… But pirates are the topic for today. Did you know that 95% of the seafarers seized by pirates worldwide were hijacked in one single stretch of ocean? The Nigerian waters in the centre of the Gulf of Guinea, a vast expanse …

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