21 Things you Only Know if You’ve Worked in Restaurants

1) Chefs receive a special class in cooking school on how to insert the word f**k into every other word in a sentence. All will pass this class. 2) The only requirement needed to succeed in the industry is the ability to receive abuse for eight hours straight without crying, or at least not publicly. 3) ‘No experience necessary’ on an advert means – ‘will … Continue reading 21 Things you Only Know if You’ve Worked in Restaurants

Filthy Still – A tale of travel, sex and perfectly made cocktails

So pleased to announce that my debut novel Filthy Still has now been published on Amazon Digital Worldwide.  Filthy Still is a bittersweet tale of love loss and Jägermeister fuelled depravity set against the backdrop of beautiful Queenstown, New Zealand, perfect for anyone who’s ever stared down the business end of a shot, or woken up somewhere they shouldn’t. To celebrate I have included Chapter One … Continue reading Filthy Still – A tale of travel, sex and perfectly made cocktails

Plagiarists beware, I will find you!

Being a freelance writer has it’s ups and downs; I work from my own bed, but have to put up with my accountant laughing at me once a year when I show him my books. As bloggers go though I am one of the luckiest ones, my stuff goes out on the Huffington Post every week (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dan-miles/.) So imagine my surprise when during an aimless … Continue reading Plagiarists beware, I will find you!

21 Things you Only Know if You’ve Worked in Hotels

1) Much like prison it’s far easier to get into than it is to leave. 2) No room service professional ever enters a room without expecting to see someone’s knob. 3) Nothing causes the cold hand of fear to grip your bowels like a phone ringing on your day off. 4) Management’s idea of career progression differs greatly from your own. As does their concept … Continue reading 21 Things you Only Know if You’ve Worked in Hotels

The Morning After: An Etiquette Guide.

1) Establish Identity. Take a moment to perform a personal stocktake. Ask yourself, are you a good person, prone to acts of charity and forgiveness? If so this will help you in the trying times ahead. Should you not currently know who you are, focus instead on who you would like to be and cling to that. 2) Establish Location. Are you in fact safe … Continue reading The Morning After: An Etiquette Guide.

Fifteen Things You Only Know If you Worked bar in Queenstown

1) Queenstown has an official drink. That drink is Jägermeister. 2) The worst crime is throwing up in another bar’s wood bin. 3) The correct vessel for a cocktail is in fact a luke warm teapot. 4) The correct ratio of drinks consumed vs drinks payed for is approximately ten to one. 5) If you think 4.30am is a late finish you obviously didn’t work … Continue reading Fifteen Things You Only Know If you Worked bar in Queenstown

Neknominate – Must be a Slow News Day

Many of you by now will have heard of Neknominate, and if not, trust me, you soon will, probably proceeded by a bow wave of growing social outrage and phrases such as ‘dangers of social media’ and ‘culture of binge drinking,’ all in close succession. For those who haven’t, Neknominate or Neck and Nominate is a drinking game generally credited with having been started by … Continue reading Neknominate – Must be a Slow News Day