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I love the café. It is the place where stories come together. And I am a storyteller. Lesley jokes with people – as a sort of warning I guess – “ask a question; get a story”.

I guess this is my point for wandering into the realms of philosophy, our stories are enriched by the intersection of other’s stories. The café is a place that brings stories together and perhaps unwittingly adds to each story.

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What is The Third Place? You can’t create it with trendy furniture, or foodie food or buy-one-get-one-free cards. It is a dynamic that evolves as a combination of the people that inhabit the space. From “the lovely older couple that share their stories” (as we’ve been described, but would prefer the 'older' left out), the hospitality quotient of the team, to the regulars who have adopted that space. Its an undefinable personality produced by community.

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I know, your thinking “what do onions and parfait have to do with coffee?” A strange combination, an even worse pairing. So let me explain...

The bottom line is, we all have preferences, they are not right or wrong, they are just what we prefer. Nothing sacred about personal preference. Of course, this idea that preference is not consecrated truth can be applied to many areas of life. The ability and willingness to transfer knowledge is a useful gift.

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Got a problem? Nothing like a coffee to help clarify, or at least get the mind back where it belongs.  Usually by Friday my brain has decided that the constant demand for incongruous thought, the unfathomable intricacies of keeping in balance the finely tuned instrument that is called ‘the coffee house’ and the ceaseless bombardment of immediate crisis, has been beyond what it actually signed up for and without consideration goes off for an unscheduled wander by itself.

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By Michael Fewson In The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Arthur Dent, after escaping the destruction of the earth to make way for a hyperspace bypass, discovers that the earth was simply a supercomputer created by pan-dimensional beings to answer the question of life, the universe and everything in it. The first computer these pan-dimensional beings created, called deep thought, had in fact answered the question… the answer was 42. However, the answer was meaningless, as the computer explained, for it was the question they actually need to discover.  Of course, this is fiction, the work of Douglas Adams. Those...

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