August is perfect for sitting outside at the Café de Zaak
in the Korte Minrebroederstraat. The decent beers on tap,
plus a generous bring-your-own-meal policy make this one of
the nicest cafes in town.
If one’s honest, there are really some very intriguing
On the first day, it was difficult. You went into the corner
shop just off the main Motomachi shopping street to buy a
prepaid mobile card. You pointed at your phone, you
pretended to make a call. It was useless. Mr Nishimura
You are - quite literally - in the middle of nowhere - and,
unexpectedly, it’s helping. A lot.
How frantic we otherwise normally are. We live competitive
crazed lives: we compare ourselves constantly to those who
have more, are smarter, seem more organised, look
Nowadays we're used to thinking of travel as the 'fun' bit
of life, but enjoyment isn't a reason why it shouldn't also
do some very serious things for us. At its deepest level,
travel can assist us with our psychological education. It
There’s a belief that philosophy, when properly done,
should sound dense, forbidding, a little confusing, as if it
might have been awkwardly translated from the German. But at
the dawn of the modern age lived a French philosopher who
trusted in a very different...
Matthew Arnold was the most important educational reformer
of the 19th century. He realised that, in the modern world,
education would be one of the keys to a good society. But it
had to be education of a special kind - and not...
John Ruskin (1819-1900) was one of the most ambitious and
impassioned English social reformers of the 19th century. He
was also - at first sight - a deeply improbable reformer,
because he seemed to care mostly about one thing - beauty -
Melanie Klein (1882-1960) was a highly creative and original
Viennese Jewish psychoanalyst who discovered the work of
Freud at the age of 26 and devoted her life to enriching and
nuancing it in intriguing and valuable ways. She is perhaps
best remembered today for...
How do you build a better world? There are so many
well-known, urgent places you might start: malaria, carbon
emissions, tax evasion, the drug trade, soil erosion, water
Donald Winnicott deserves his place in history because of
the dramatic simplicity of his approach. He...
Augustine was a Christian philosopher who lived in the early
5th century AD on the fringes of the rapidly declining Roman
Empire, in the North African town of Hippo (present day
Annaba, in Algeria). He served as Bishop for over thirty
years, proving popular...
Emile Durkheim is the philosopher who can best help us to
understand why Capitalism makes us richer and yet frequently
more miserable; even – far too often – suicidal.
He was born in 1858 in the little French town of Epinal,
near the German...