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By the way | Eking out the holiday glow

Catherine Burtinshaw spends two weeks under the Sicilian sun 
and finds returning to work a surprisingly pleasant experience

20 June 2013

I was lucky to have two weeks away from the office in sunnier climes last month. The accommodation was wi-fi enabled, meaning that I was able to briefly review emails on a daily basis at a time of my choosing without incurring vast data roaming charges on my Blackberry. Most messages required no action as they were utterly non-urgent and would be sufficiently dealt with by means of the clever out of office tool, which offers an alternative contact name should anyone require it.

I did however forward a set of new instructions which had come in and required immediate acknowledgment. I sent them on to my out of office contact and received the immediate response that I should put the Blackberry down and head back to the bar. It was far too tempting an invitation, and I am ashamed to admit that I responded by return with a photograph of the glass of rosé wine which I was holding at the time positioned in front of the sunshine-drenched swimming pool. To put this...

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