‘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…

Make the gadgets work for you.

I wrote last week about the electronic fixes that, given half a chance, will suck away your precious time. My own experiment in not mindlessly surrendering to them is still ongoing, but I’ve already noticed it can be surprisingly hard to resist the compulsion to check in, even when I’m short of time and there…

The Slow-Paced 21st Century

It’s 3 pm on a Wednesday and you’ve just got home. Your other half will be back soon too, with the children – you both work full-time – so you make a drink and a snack for all of you. You had a good lunch so you’re not hungry yet, but you’ll need plenty to…

Time and money, money and time…

So far I’ve talked a lot about money, but actually of the two things in the title of this post it’s time that’s more important. Money flows in and out, but time goes in one direction only, and there’s nothing you can do to change that (unless you’re going to get into some very weird…

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…

Have we got it backwards?

First published on my old blog in October 2013. Something unexpected happened after I published this post. [It discussed why there seemed to be few women at the top of the translation profession even though a majority of translators are women.] It sparked quite a debate, especially on Facebook. Some people agreed with me about…