Get active

But who has the time for that?

We all know exercise is good for us. Most of us also know we don’t get enough of it. Even so, I was surprised to read that getting us all active would apparently save twice as many lives as getting us all slim. Up until maybe our grandparents’ generation, people didn’t have to think about taking…

Bliss

The Bliss of a Free Half-Hour

Imagine: out of the blue, you have a free half-hour. Maybe someone’s running late, or you’ve managed to leave work early, or a chore you had scheduled turns out not to be necessary after all. All of a sudden, in your busy life, a brief oasis of time opens up. What you do with it?…

'Affluenza' by Oliver James

‘Affluenza’ by Oliver James

This is a book review for an occasional series on this blog. The books I’ll be reviewing are ones I think are relevant to the ideas behind the blog. You can easily find a list of the books I’ve reviewed so far by clicking on the new Books category. I don’t think James coined the term…

Multitasking

Multitasking: it’s not a gender thing after all

When I lived in Spain a few years ago there was a mobile phone shop at the corner of my street. It was practically on my doorstep, they sold all kinds of phones and accessories and the prices were reasonable. But I always dreaded going in because buying anything there was a nightmare. The reason…

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Whatever happened to proper news?

I remember the day Gaddafi was killed. I saw the news on TV: footage of his body being carried through the streets of Sirte, while the newsreader described how he’d been killed. Next, the same footage and the same description were shown again. And then again. And again. In my naivety I waited for the analysis…

What a conundrum

Help! Am I too switched on or too withdrawn? Or both?

Sometimes it seems you can’t do anything right. On the one hand we have the excellent Mr. Money Mustache saying, “you need to get the news out of your life, right away, and for life.” On the other, an apparently interesting book written by intelligent people tells us we’re getting something called the wellness syndrome from trying…

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Charity begins online

If you’re daft enough to read this blog regularly, you’ll have heard me mention that I’ve been looking for a way to give to charity regularly, within my limited means (I study part-time) and without concentrating on one or a couple of causes to the exclusion of all others. I think we should donate either time…