Browsing All posts tagged under »interesting«

What would you do for your faith?

November 30, 2011

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I am, by and large, a lapsed Catholic. But because I’m an interested and engaged reader – and perhaps because of my semi-religious past – I was intrigued to read this blogpost at the Smithsonian website about the trend throughout the ages of stigmata. I’d heard before of stigmata, but only in the metaphorical sense. […]

Moscow: A City of Contrasts

October 18, 2011

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Apologies for the complete and utter lack of posts recently. I’ve been fairly busy doing client work of one form or another for the past month solid (and it’s still unremitting, so this will be a shortish post). However, whilst I’ve been doing all this work, I’ve also found the time to read a few […]

Recommended reading: cricket and shonky bank robberies

June 22, 2011

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I’ve been reading an awful lot of good journalism recently, with the result that I want to share it with others. Hopefully from reading what I write, you’ll have a similar appreciation of these articles – all of which are available online for free – which tread the same sort of style and thought patterns […]

Why we’re going to have a lot of lonely old men in India in 2071

June 9, 2011

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We’re going to have an awful lot of lonely old men in India in 60 years time. Admittedly, the same is likely in China – most of South and East Asia, actually – but it’s exacerbated in the two biggest economies because with the emergence of new monied classes in an old-fashioned patrilineal society (that […]

Mickey Mouse teaches Chinese kids English

May 15, 2011

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While we’re sending our children to after-school Mandarin classes and demanding that headmasters and mistresses put mandated Chinese learning on curriculums, Chinese parents are doing the exact opposite. They still seem to believe in the value of knowing English to survive in the world, and they’re sending their children to supplemental classes run by Disney. […]

Until 18 May 2011: ‘The Revolution Will Be Tweeted?’ 30% off!

May 11, 2011

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Good news for those of you looking to learn more about the Middle Eastern and North African revolutions of 2010-11. ‘The Revolution Will Be Tweeted?’, the definitive book about the events in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen – as well as other countries who were touched by the effects of a civilian uprising […]

Do superinjunctions work these days?

April 26, 2011

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I’ve been quiet recently writing a book on the effects of social media in the Middle East and North African revolutions (the conclusion is that it’s negligible, especially in relation to the press perception of how much it affected the uprisings), so apologies for that. You might expect me to therefore argue a different tack […]