Category Archives: Society

Who is the Guilty Party Here?

A very perceptive piece by Joris Luyendijk in the Guardian today. His thesis is that The UK now seems to be the country whose government lies about nonexistent negotiations with the EU while threatening to renege on its outstanding financial … Continue reading

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Boris Johnson continues to demonstrate why he is totally unfit to be Prime Minister of Britain. As a friend said: “He’s a completely and utterly self-serving bastard for using her death to promote his political agenda.  We have come to … Continue reading

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Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

That’s the title of a book by Jaron Lanier. He poses the question: How can you remain autonomous in a world where you are under constant surveillance and are constantly prodded by algorithms run by some of the richest corporations … Continue reading

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Last Night of the Proms 2019

So, it’s over for another year – we will have to wait until the 17th July 2020 for the next season of the BBC Proms to start. Meanwhile, I’ll remember the Last Night of the Proms for 2019 (last night…) … Continue reading

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Wise Words and Sad Leaves

Raoni Metuktire, chief of the indigenous Brazilian Kayapó people, has a few words of advice for us. Unfortunately, I doubt that we will listen.

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Homage to Humanity

While I was in Deventer at the book market, I popped into Deventer’s largest bookshop to check out the new book by photographer Jimmy Nelson: Homage to Humanity. I already have a copy of his previous book Before They Pass … Continue reading

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Mierenneuken writ large

The Dutch have an expression: mierenneuken. Literally, it means “ant-fucking” (the Dutch are nothing if not straightforward).  The English translate this as “nitpicking”, that is, the practice of meticulously searching for minor, even trivial errors in detail. And now, the … Continue reading

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