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On egotism

The Prime Minister of the Tang Dynasty was a national hero, praised for his success as both a statesman and military leader. But despite his fame, power, and wealth, he … Continue reading

15 March, 2017 · Leave a comment

Where I am now

24 January, 2016

Where I am now

24 January, 2016

Emotional validation is a great tool. 

Emotional validation is a great tool for interacting with an emotionally sensitive person. Listen and be present. Listen and don’t speak right away. When someone is emotional, they want to … Continue reading

23 January, 2016 · Leave a comment

Prokofiev toccata played by Martha Argerich

Rob Cowan 19 March, 2014 Exciting piece.

22 January, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Asshole Factory

Great article from Umair Haque on the sterility of the modern world: The Great Enterprise of the Age of Stagnation is the wholesale manufacture not of great, world-shaking, ground-breaking ideas, … Continue reading

28 April, 2015 · Leave a comment

Pellicanz

By Thibaut de Navarre (also Thibaut de Champagne):  Dex est ensi conme li pellicanz Qui fet son nif el plus haut arbre sus, Et li mauvés oisiaus, qui vient … Continue reading

22 April, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ravilious | Dulwich Picture Gallery

Note to self: Remember to go and see this. Ravilious is one of my favourite artists. via Dulwich Picture Gallery Exhibition – Ravilious | Dulwich Picture Gallery.

16 April, 2015 · Leave a comment

Empathy and Wealth

I heard a fascinating programme on BBC World Service the other day, an interview by Robert Peston with Dacher Keltner of University of California. It dealt with the effect that … Continue reading

9 April, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Golden Cockroach

This story combines name-dropping, a certain degree of disgustingness and a uniquely Philippine quality. Some years ago, probably in about 1992 or 1993, we had gone to visit my father-in-law, … Continue reading

18 March, 2015 · Leave a comment