Viewing entries posted in March 2012
On a recent visit to the college I attended as an
undergraduate, I bumped into a senior porter who had worked
there most of his life. We were enjoying a friendly chat,
just as we used to, when he surprised me by remarking...
It is, surely, a self-fulfilling prophecy that the more
confident you are the more you will enjoy sex. This is not
about arrogance - the assumption that one is God's gift will
be an instant turn-off, particularly to women, if only
because they know...
Facebook will not improve your social life. Laughter is
crucial to satisfying conversation. Single people are more
sociable. And women do need to talk more on the telephone.
On Saturday I attended the TEDx
Observer[http://www.guardian.co.uk/tedx] event. One of the
talks really stood out for me....
Curiosity has a reputation for being dangerous: it wasn’t
just the cat that it killed. In Christian tradition, all the
ills of the world follow from the original sin of curiosity,
the attempt to grasp and literally to consume forbidden
knowledge. “When you eat...
Advertising has a bad name in society, because it's
associated with selling us things we don't really need:
chocolate, 4 x 4 cars, diamond rings. We may appreciate the
artistry, intelligence and wit that's often found in adverts
– we've just got problems with...
Money, money, money. All I think about these days is money.
And nights too; I quite frequently wake up in a cold sweat
as I worry about how I am going to pay my bills. How I will
pay for anything in fact...
‘No thought, no action, no movement, total stillness: only
thus can one manifest the true nature and law of things from
within and unconsciously, and at last become one with heaven
- Lau Tzu
In contemporary Britain, most of us live in cities...
Billed as a tour of the secret studios and experimental
spaces of East London, it seemed incongruous that A Trip to
The Future began at The Shepherdess, a greasy spoon just off
Old Street. I ordered very stewed tea from the puzzled