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
Going travelling is one of the most exciting pastimes of
all. It’s up there with love in terms of the happiness it
can bring – though, unlike love, it is generally assumed
to be a straightforward process entailing no big theoretical
or philosophical issues....
‘The obvious is usually profoundly significant.’
(Edward O. Wilson)
What does it mean to feel a connection with nature? It means
gaining an insight into the most important network there
ever has been and ever will be. It means becoming aware of
our relationship with...
Meet Chad. Chad is a personal trainer, from the Coen
brothers’ film Burn After Reading. He is a fictional
character, but we recognize him immediately: muscular,
handsome, full of energy and positive thinking – and as
dumb as a sack of small stones.
A Google image search for “me time” brings up familiar
photos: women (often with towels on their heads), holding
cups of tea (often in two hands, like prayer for sanity),
sitting in fragrant baths, or doing Yoga (often on the
For many, “me time”...
I was born in London and by the age of ten I was traveling
around the city by bus on my own. Thus exploring the places
beyond my neighbourhood, I came to realise that the
metropolis was far larger and more diverse than...
Our definition of community is changing. It’s crazy how
few of us know our neighbours: their names, their phone
numbers, what they’re about. The explosion of online
"social" networking has only made it easier to avoid
face-to-face contact in the real world. What might...
Scanner (Robin Rimbaud) is an experimental musician and
artist of international renown whose collaborators include
Laurie Anderson and Steve McQueen. Here he gives an
illustrated listening and watching guide to enhancing the
pleasure we get from the sound that surrounds us.
The joy of sound...
It’s a sad truth that few of us, nowadays, write letters.
Indeed, it’s tempting to think of handwritten letters as
having been superseded by email in the same way that vinyl
records were supplanted by CDs. The problem with this tidy
progress narrative is...