Society

Big sporting event= presumed nationalism and pride

Thought for the day- imagine a competitor in the Olympics, World Cup, Wimbledon etc…being asked ‘So you must be very proud to be representing Team GB (pick country) at this prestigious event?’ and replying ‘Well actually I’m not particularly patriotic. I tend to see my country of origin more as a geographical accident than anything …

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What is the 4-letter word that rules the world?? (traditional story)

In a remote mountain village, the head of the village died and leadership was passed onto his son. Now the people had lived for many years under the control of a huge monster who loomed like a huge shadow over the village. Whenever anyone tried to find freedom, this large shadow appeared with a loud …

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Creativity, Communal Experience and Mental Health

(written in 2015) I’ve recently had the good fortune to become part of the musical community of Madrid and to encounter a group of fun, interesting and creative people. Like me, they appear to be curious, sensitive, restless and occasionally troubled souls, searching for the elusive and using performance as a way to simultaneously attempt …

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Legends And Folly: The Remarkable Story of R.M.S. Titanic

Sources: A Night To Remember by Walter Lord (book) On A Sea of Glass by Tad Fitch, J. Kent Layton  & Bill Wormstedt Titanic: Death of a Dream, The Legend Lives On (documentaries) Wikipedia Various survivor testimonies In 1898 American writer Morgan Robertson brought out a book called Futility, which detailed the plight of an …

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The Many Sides of David Blaine’s ‘Above The Below’

  Please note-  this post presumes that the endurance feats described did actually happen and were not fundamentally an illusion themselves, and also does not comment on the moral aspects of an unnecessary starvation for no particular cause or officially-stated reason. If this is a problem, I suggest thinking of it as a story about …

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The Delightful Truth About Bullfighting

Bullfighting (‘corrida de toros’ in Spanish) is alternatively a ‘blood sport’, ‘barbaric spectacle’, ‘fine art’ or ‘culturally important tradition’ which has existed since at least the 4th century and very possibly for many centuries previous to that. Its continuous existence was largely unopposed until recently, but in just the last 15 years polls have seen …

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