Monthly Archives: January 2012

Timing and expression, the key to the meaning of everything

As I write a book on how to learn Lao, the language of Laos, I am struck by how the essence of the language seems to be based on action not things. So for the English word ‘necessary’, it is … Continue reading

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Birth, death, and something in between

It is tempting to think that the right to life is absolute, at least if you come from one of the cultures close to mine, UK, white, Christian. But maybe this is questionable in that for many cultures life itself, … Continue reading

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Oops, something went wrong!

The amazing pictures of the Concordia lying helpless on its side probably induced a balance of laughter and horror. The arrest of the captain may be standard procedure but the hint that it was all his fault was implicit in … Continue reading

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Hope is not for sale, Somali Pirates, Auschwitz and Pyramid Selling

I was watching a  TV report from someone who had spent time  with the Somali pirates, seemingly going further away from their coast and getting more and more aggressive as counter measures are limiting their success. At first it was … Continue reading

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Option A or Option B?

I am sure you have often been presented with a question, someone seeking advice, asking if they should go for option A or option B. Should I take the job or not, should I buy this house or not, should … Continue reading

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Climate change, is it all about numbers?

If it was not for the horrid sense of ultimate danger the study of climate change would be one of the most fascinating topics out there. It has the glorious position of having one end fixed by the laws of … Continue reading

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Truth, myth and everything in between

The BBC Horizon programme on CERN and the Higgs Boson can be downloaded on BBC iPlayer. You may think Nuclear Physics is not your every day kind of entertainment, but it is a lot of money they are spending so … Continue reading

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