‘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…

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 Am I too switched on or too withdrawn?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…

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…

That’s not it at all!

You can easily be misinterpreted when you give advice or advocate a particular point of view, so I thought I’d clear up any confusion before it arises. That way I can refer people with queries here and won’t have to keep spending time explaining things (mwaaahahahaha!). This is what I’m NOT saying: That cheaper is…

What’s so different?

So what are those changes I’ve made in the last 18 months? In early April 2013 I’d decided to move to the Netherlands, and I’d found a house here, but I was still living in Switzerland. I didn’t want to stay there permanently: I’d moved there in 2011 to study. I decided I was willing…