Viewing entries posted in July 2010
I recently got dumped at a festival. I'm 39, and I feel too
old either for festivals, or for being dumped. Can you
suggest some books to give me solace?
Sadly none of us is too old...
Cinema-screen1 Ours is an age that wants to know. A train
that is just minutes late will enrage us. A politician who
confesses the future is uncertain will take a hit in the
polls. A scientist who states her research offers only
Feast for Blog In the fourth century BC, Plato wrote a
dialogue recording the conversation that was alleged to have
taken place at a famous banquet attended by the philosopher
Socrates and a smattering of ancient Greek playwrights,
playboys and aristocrats. The subject...
School When I was a schoolboy, the six weeks of summer
holiday seemed an eternity. They were so long that I
couldn't conceive them ever ending. With nothing to do but
watch Test Matches on television or reorganise my bedroom,
the days took...
Can you remember the first text you ever sent?
No, I can't either. Texts are as routine to me as putting on
my shoes before I go out. But not for my Dad. He's had a
mobile for a couple of years,...
Esprit-escalier Challenged at New York Customs Oscar Wilde
is said to have responded I have nothing to declare but my
genius. Wilde's preternatural ability to have the right
words for the moment is why he is regarded as a great wit.
Cornmaze Look around you. Whether you're at work, sitting
on a train or eating breakfast at home, your typical daily
activities are only possible because of a momentous decision
made over ten millennia ago. It was then that our
ancestors, living in a...
In kindergarten, I craved a bikini almost as much as to be
blonde. Had Primark sold one with foam 'breasts', I'd have
been thrilled. Blame Barbie.
If you don't believe bikini confidence is the apex of female
achievement, read a gossip mag. See a...
Potential is a word with an ambivalent recent history. For
some of us, the word may echo the Human Potential Movement
of 1960's California with its project of discovering
authentic identity free from constraining social
pressures. For others of us, it may smack of...
I am off on my holidays soon, and I can't wait to get my
teeth into some good books. I need something for the plane,
both ways and a couple of books for when I'm lounging on the
beach! What do you...
What's the difference between looking and seeing? According
to John Constable, 'We see nothing truly till we understand
it.' I think he had a point.
Take ocean waves, for instance. Looking at waves is, of
course, a deliciously meditative and calming pastime. Their