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Viewing entries posted in October 2010

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Oct

Catherine Blyth on Being Messy

Marrigold Cleaning Gloves 'I like to clean my cupboards. Hours go by. I get my Marigolds on and have a fantastic frenzy.' Kylie Minogue There are three kinds of person: the happy-messy, the organisers, and conscience-stricken slatterns who periodically reform, only to resume the...
Posted by The School of Life
25
Oct

Mark Vernon on Fairness and Equality

Fairness What is fair? What is equality? Are they always good? We're hearing a lot about it, what with the cuts. But can we make much sense of the words? It's a tough one. I think that part of the problem has...
Posted by The School of Life
25
Oct
Claudia Hammond on Eye Contact

Claudia Hammond on Eye Contact

 We are told never to trust a person who can't maintain eye contact, and that the opposite sex will find you more attractive if you look deep into their eyes. Eye contact appears to be the key to success, whether in relationships or in...
Posted by The School of Life
22
Oct

Mark Vernon on Anger

Bailey Hildebrand Are you an angry sort? Or do you feel anger is the ugly emotion, one to control or dissipate? It's a tough emotion to get right. It can destroy lives. The heat of madness can lead to actions you might...
Posted by The School of Life
18
Oct

Jane McGonigal on Blissful Productivity

Pac-Man As a planet, we collectively spend 3 billion hours a week playing computer and video games.  Today's youth are contributing a particularly heavy share of that load: The average young person in the UK will have spent 10,000 hours playing games...
Posted by The School of Life
15
Oct

Robert Rowland Smith on Making Enemies

Duel There are two types of enemy: those you know about and those you don't. In warfare, both sides know who they're dealing with, and the fact that war gets 'declared' only makes the enmity the clearer. But that's nations. Among individuals, things...
Posted by The School of Life
11
Oct

Kathryn Schulz on Wrongness

Wrongness First, here's a bad idea for modern living: spend all your time insisting that you're right.  Trust me, it won't go well.  For one thing, it's irritating; nobody likes people who think they're perfect.  For another, it's impossible: nobody is perfect.  Nonetheless,...
Posted by The School of Life
08
Oct

Nick Southgate on Being a Gentleman

4297068 Does anyone still aspire to being a gentleman? There are only select occasions when one is still addressed as a gentleman, and they are remarkable for their diversity and irony. We are 'Ladies and Gentlemen' at the start of wedding toasts and...
Posted by The School of Life
07
Oct

Richard Reynolds on International Tulip Day

Tulip Tulipomania may once again be stirring usually sane people into incredible action this Saturday for the first time in nearly four centuries. When the craze for tulips first struck it led to a speculative bubble in which some single bulbs sold for...
Posted by The School of Life
05
Oct

We All Need Words on Foody Words

* Food Order Pad * * What are you having? Table talk starts with the menu. And the things that are delicious don't shout about it. *To Start* We've been writing menus this month. So in the name of research we've eaten out a lot,...
Posted by The School of Life
04
Oct

Tom Chatfield on Digital Scepticism

PACMan3000 The internet is making us stupid. This accusation has been heard on many lips recently. Yet the real problem may lie in the other direction: that people are simply too clever. For we are extraordinarily good at conjuring stories, ideas and even...
Posted by The School of Life

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