Monthly Archives: November 2011

Don’t worry, be happy

The sociologist Frank Furedi says that: ‘It is not hope that excites and shapes the cultural imagination in the early twenty-first century; it is fear’. Since the millennium bug we’ve seen dramatic warnings about everything from obesity and eco-doom to … Continue reading

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South Korea Recruits Prison Robots

Good grief. I’m trying to write an essay on Quantum and DNA computing. It’s making my head hurt. So again (with apologies) something silly. Apparently a prison in the South Korean city of Pohang is testing 1.5m robot wardens on … Continue reading

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Apologies. I’m frantic this morning. Everything seems to be happening at once, so no time whatsoever to write anything serious. Instead a quote from Ogden Nash that a few people aged 40+ might find rings true (geddit?) “Middle age:  When … Continue reading

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Thinking spaces – water again

I like this quote from Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger; “In the afternoon, I might go to one of the many ponds and fish for trout. For me, fishing is a form of penitence. I’ve always believed that the best fishermen are closest … Continue reading

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In Praise of Breadth

In recent decades, life – and education and work in particular – have has tended to narrow. What do I mean by this? Simply that students are expected to develop particular specializations very early and that this knowledge-narrowness (fueled by … Continue reading

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Healthcare spending

Around 5% of the US population consumes almost 50% of US spending on health. This is according to a report from the oddly named National Institute for Healthcare Management Foundation.

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Trends for 2011 still good for 2012

Now that it’s almost 2012, I think it’s about time we revisited my top 10 trends for 2011 that were written in late 2010 and posted in early January. How right have they proven to be? Judge for yourself. Personally … Continue reading

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Quote of the week

“Children are one third of our population and all of our future.”  Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health, 1981

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Is it going to rain tomorrow?

Posting on a daily basis is getting to be an issue. I just don’t have enough to say on a daily basis and what I do want to say takes a while to get right. Today is no exception. Nothing … Continue reading

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A few choice comments from people last week. First an invented word from the poet Matt Harvey whom I met on Thursday. Dystopiary. Second, a comment about a comment made by Eric Pickles about the money that could be saved … Continue reading

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