‘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: 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…

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…

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 Am I too switched on or too withdrawn?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…

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…

Spotlight on a great blog (someone else’s)

If you take a look at my blogroll, you’ll see that not all the blogs I read are in English. This week I’d like to share with you a post from a Russian-language blog written by Anastasiya Milkova called O bogatstve, which translates literally as About wealth. It’s an excellent blog with a down-to-earth approach…

A law to make us Good Samaritans*?

Last week, completely by chance, I stumbled across a radio programme called Unreliable Evidence. It was a discussion programme about what the participants dubbed a “Good Samaritan law”: a law that would make it compulsory to come to someone else’s aid in certain situations and a criminal offence to, well, walk by on the other…