Category Archives: Odysseus

Smile, surf, sleep

Smile Talking to my daughter about her friendship angst this morning, I advocated she try a welcoming smile.  I told her about the nice lady at work who told me about the cold snap in Romania and how it’s threatening … Continue reading

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Stations on the road to Freedom

I shared Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “Stations on the road to freedom” with an old friend this week. I bought a copy of Bonhoeffer’s Ethics, when I was searching for a famous quotation – which is actually by Martin Niemöller. Niemöller was arrested … Continue reading

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Throwing Stones

Is there anything more annoying than egos. We all have them; but some people more than others. I like to kid myself I don’t have a big ego. I probably do, but my saving graces are: I’m not bothered about … Continue reading

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Alcohol or Algorithm?

   On an exceptionally relaxing family break (with the in-laws last week) I had an epiphany; floating for the first time in my life in a hot tub… If I feel like I have no time… if I’m often tired… … Continue reading

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Rumination

   An interesting discovery from ‘Learned optimism‘ is that rumination is the optimist’s worst enemy… Chewing the cud leads to pessimism and inaction. One thing I’ve learned at work down the years is: ‘if in doubt, do something’.  Armed with this … Continue reading

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Optimism Epiphany

    I’ve had an epiphany. It all comes down to three Ps; and avoiding learned helplessness… First discovered in dogs and then in humans, Wikipedia takes up the strain here: Research has found that human reactions to a lack of … Continue reading

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Deep Time

   Reading Neil MacGregor’s A History of the World in 100 objects, on chapter 91 I came across the concept of ‘deep time’. And deeply troubling it must have been in the 1800s; as people began to come to terms with … Continue reading

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A thousand words

If last week was all about the big picture:    This week’s camerawork tells a very different story:    Not one building or view; but plenty of words, diagrams and pictures of them… My hieroglyphs, attempting to decipher a new … Continue reading

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I am a Londoner

   I’m not from London, so I’ve never felt a real Londoner. Still, I’ve lived here on and off nearly half my life; my family is here, my life is here, both my kids were born here. On Friday, I … Continue reading

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Stop Hoovering

   I knew this (or at least I kind of did) but a line in a book has recently kept it on my mind… ‘Mood’ is more a matter of biochemistry than anything else. In the right mood everything is … Continue reading

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