Viewing entries posted in June 2010
Boris, the resident blue turtle at the London Aquarium,
turned one hundred last week. To celebrate this momentous
occasion, ACMD productions (creators of our
deliciously inventive sermon treats) made a multi-coloured
hundred layered birthday jelly filled with delicious
vegetables and turtle treats. The ageing reptile...
Apparently, one of the commonest dreams is that of being
naked, and not in an erotic way. You're at the office or in
a supermarket and suddenly realise you've not wearing a
stitch. The feeling is one of embarrassment or even shame,
Aleph I love the idea that the first letter in the Hebrew
alphabet , the 'aleph', is unvoiced. To use it you have to
go beyond what you see. An entire language operates without
this first letter's presence being heard and there's...
Cloud3 Blue-sky thinking, finding the inner you; if you
look up 'creativity' on the internet you'll be bombarded
with sites to help you get in contact with your creative
potential. I blame Joseph Beuys, that modern art guru of fat
and felt, who...
Cake Learning principles of fair division is a part of
growing up. When it comes to sharing cakes, chocolate bars
and sticks of rock (an important part of childhood) there is
a time honoured strategy that guarantees fairness between
even the most warring...
As football fever envelops the planet, with all eyes turned
towards South Africa, I want you to imagine a different
World Cup. Each country sends their national team as usual,
but then all the players are pooled together and divided
into teams based on...
Money brain 2 Since the time of Adam Smith and David
Hume, economic theory has been operating with a model
of Homo oeconomicus as a rational, autonomous,
self-interested calculator of costs and benefits. This
presumed rationality of 'economic man' supposedly
guarantees, in turn, the fundamental...
Work eat exercise The way we're working isn't working. More
than 75 percent of employees around the world feel
disengaged at work every day. We're in a new kind of energy
crisis - and this one is personal
A new book by author...
Walk-in-the-woods-010a1 Few today would question the notion
that every person especially every young person has a right
to access to the Internet, through a school district, a
library, a city's public Wi-Fi program. We accept the idea
that the digital divide between the...
2532926223_6b2745185b_m Only a spoilt fop like the Duke of
Orsino in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night could imagine music is
'the food of love'. Had he ever turned a spit, or sung for
his supper, he would have realised that music may nourish
Though we tend to love our homes and think of them as
anchors of identity, there are also disturbing ways in which
they can fix us unhelpfully to a version of ourselves we no
longer wish to side with. The familiar...