Category Archives: Society

City Living

article(Extended essay alert) I wasn’t expecting it. I wasn’t looking for it. But a couple of weeks ago I walked into the National Portrait Gallery on a whim, and came face-to-face with Grayson Perry. Here, laid out for my inspection … Continue reading

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A voice that needs to be heard

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain My rating: 5 of 5 stars This may be one of the most important books of the last one hundred years. It is certain to … Continue reading

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Taking responsibility for our words

Someone in the NHS ought to be feeling very embarrassed this week. As The Independent reported on Thursday, there has been a major public outcry over this poster, which dates from 2005-07 but has recently been seen on NHS premises … Continue reading

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A larger identity

Every now and then my inbox feeds me something unexpected that changes the way I see things. This week it was Matthew Taylor’s RSA Chief Executive’s lecture, The Power to Create: It came at the right time. Having been made … Continue reading

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The next ten words

Some time ago I posted an article called Precision Tools. It covered quite a complex sequence of ideas that had been taking shape in my thought for a few months. And yes, it’s longer than the average blog post, at … Continue reading

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Clean forgotten

One of the many good memories I will carry with me into 2013 was hearing the author Salley Vickers speak in Winchester last November. Her debut novel, Miss Garnet’s Angel–which I talked about in my last post–remains a close and … Continue reading

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Of service and sacrifice

So another Remembrance Day has faded from its annual blaze of red amid November’s greys. And this year, as so often before, I am left pondering the words of St. John (15:13): “Greater love hath no man than this, that … Continue reading

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