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Ajax, the Dutch, the War

Ajax, the Dutch, the War, Simon Kuper

This book was enjoyable but I think would have gotten more out of it if I had a better knowledge of World War II and the cultural and political happenings of the Netherlands and Europe. 188 more words


Ordinary and original

You could say that this post is a follow-up to the one on the virtues of staying ordinary. But, chronologically, this one should have appeared earlier. 354 more words

Human Evolution

Moments that matter

I’ve had it in mind to write a general post about football for a while, as opposed to my usual Celtic centric posts.  The topic I had in mind to discuss was that of the importance placed on individual  725 more words


Paris, the Internet, and the FT

My recent blog “The Internet. 7 reasons why it will destroy civilisation” set out troubling facts about this most wonderful of inventions.

One of my concerns was that: 241 more words


Reading with Pleasure and Resistance: Assigned Text, Vol. 2

For about 5 years now, a close friend has been advising me to read The Power of Now, a life manual by spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle. 1,293 more words

The Pea Spot

My daughter had been distraught after the terrorist attacks of January, but this weekend she remained calm. She explained to me: “We’re sort of used to this now.” She is coming to think of neighbourhood terrorism as part of life, something that happens and passes.

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