Category Archives: Life

Life. Death. Plus anything else I think belongs in this category.

Straight roads, winding paths, dead ends

radcliffecameraOxford, where I live, must be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Especially if you ignore the ugly parts. Man, they are ugly! But the beautiful parts, they are sooo pretty.

I love the names of the streets too. As a student I lived on Logic Lane. How cool is that? Continue reading

Live the dream

earthfrommoonIf you pay attention to the news you will be told that the current generation of young people faces far greater barriers than the baby-boomers who grew up in the 1950s. Social mobility is in decline, inequality is rising and big corporations increasingly run our lives.

Really? Let me give you an alternative perspective on reality. Continue reading

Music for Easter

As Good Friday approaches, the music I love to listen to most is Bach’s St John Passion. That’s not because I’m religious, but because I love this music and it was written for Easter. Although it’s in German and I don’t understand a word, I can hear the passion in the music and in the human voices that sing the words.

Religious and devotional music and art tap into a deep part of the human psyche. It moves me. Continue reading

Rules for truthseekers

seektruth1. Don’t trust other people.
2. Don’t trust yourself.
3. Don’t trust God.
4. Don’t trust these rules.

Did you notice how rules 2, 3 and 4 all follow from rule 1? Neat, huh? Especially if you enjoy a good paradox.

You can / you can’t

oxforduniversityI was educated at a comprehensive school (state-funded school) in a small seaside town in Wales. Then I went to Oxford University. This is how I got there. Continue reading

How to blog

wordpressSo, you signed up to WordPress, answered all their intrusive personal questions, got yourself a blog and an “About me” page that says:

“This is an example of a WordPress post, you could edit this to put information about yourself or your site so readers know where you are coming from..”

Congratulations! The hard part is over! Now all you have to do is blog. Continue reading

What are brains for?

brainsopenBrains. We all have them, but what are they for?

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The secret of the Amish

amishIt’s so easy to make fun of the Amish, and yet they resolutely continue to live happy and meaningful lives, while those who mock them are often left feeling unhappy or unfulfilled.

So what is their secret? Continue reading

Spring is here!

115_1570Today is the Spring Equinox, and by popular request, I am posting some more photos of the garden. As you can see, Spring really has arrived in Oxford! Continue reading

How to get more blog followers

followersWhen I started blogging, I told all my friends about my blog and I shared my posts on Facebook. But sadly my friends had zero interest in reading my innermost thoughts, feelings and desires. Not even my mother read my blog. Reader, I wept.

However, after a few posts I noticed something very interesting. Complete strangers were reading my blog posts and liking them. Some liked my blog so much that they even followed it. I was a celeb! Continue reading