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14 July 2009

As she neared retirement, my Mum once told me that she “lurched from holiday to holiday”. A band called Hard-Fi sings about ‘Living for the weekend’. And to throw another cliché into the mix, there are those who would argue that people with such philosophies are wishing their lives away. So, how to strike the balance correctly?

In my last week at work before a fortnight’s break in Sardinia last month, I mentioned with the perennial worry that I was going to run out of time to do everything before I went away. I managed to clear my desk, but there remained that niggling doubt that I’d forgotten something important. I started the tram journey home on my last day grappling with that thought, but moved on to reflect that no doubt one member of my 17-strong team of specialist professional indemnity colleagues would find capacity from somewhere if that file reared its head. No (wo)man is an island, and all that.

Once I had thus assuaged my concerns, I spent the re...

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