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21
Aug
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Travel as Therapy: Corner shop, Kanagawa-ken, Yokohama – for Shyness

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 couldn’t understand...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
20
Aug
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Travel as Therapy: Monument Valley, USA - for Calm

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 younger...  There...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
19
Aug
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Travel as Therapy - An Introduction

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 can -...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
19
Jun
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Where to go on holiday – and why?

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....
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
17
Mar
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How to Connect with Nature

‘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...
Posted by Tristan Gooley
13
Jan
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How to Think More About Exercise

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. In fact,...
Posted by Damon Young
11
Oct
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The Importance of Taking Time Out

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 beach). For many, “me time”...
Posted by Dr Damon Young
19
Sep
Leo Hollis Bus Tour

All Aboard For the Metropolis Tour with Leo Hollis

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...
Posted by Leo Hollis
11
Apr
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Breaking the Ice: Neighbour Day 27 April 2013

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...
Posted by GOOD
07
Jan
Scanners Guide to the Joy of Sound

Scanner's Guide to the Joy of Sound

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...
Posted by Robin Rimbaud
20
Nov
John OConnell Blog

John O'Connell on resurrecting the pleasure of the well-written letter.

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...
Posted by John O' Connell

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