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The Chimp Paradox

March 7, 2017

“How are you?” “Fine,”  meaning fucked up, insecure, neurotic and emotional. It’s at these moments that I guess Prof Steve Peters would say we are being controlled by our chimp, our chimp being our emotional brain that can either drive us to succeed and be happy or dive under the duvet in the hope that…

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The Noise of Time

February 21, 2017

“Art is the whisper of history, heard above the noise of time.” This is the central theme of the novel by Julian Barnes exploring Shostakovich’s experience as a composer living in Soviet Russia.  He starts the novel waiting by the elevator with his suitcase, ready to be taken by Power to the Big House, from…

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When Breath Becomes Air

February 10, 2017

“You seek what life is in death, Now find it air that once was breath.”  Baron Brooke Fulke Greville   Thus starts Paul Kalanithi’s memoir where he questions what is the purpose of life in the face of death.  It is a human question.  We are blessed and cursed with a consciousness that leaves us at once…

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A Room of My Own

January 31, 2017

Virginia Woolf asserted that for a woman to create fiction she needed a room of her own and an income of £500 per year.  This would allow her the freedom to write what she wanted, what lived in her heart and her mind, in spite of society’s consideration that the products of these were largely…

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What if all we really had to do was be here now?

October 14, 2016
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