Monthly Archives: June 2010

Cambridge remembered

A cold, damp wintry Cambridge evening in November 1966: not a typical, sociable sort of student, I leave the Fitzwilliam Museum, where I have been seeing paintings by Brueghel for the first time,and turn up Trumpington Street. Advertisements

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Why Afghanistan?

Whatever the true reasons for the war in Afghanistan, NATO leaders’ official line is that to lose there would be to place the rest of the world in danger. As President Obama has recently put it, “this mission is fundamental … Continue reading

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I believe in God – well, sort of

The more I lose my loyalty to Christianity the more I believe. It’s not so paradoxical. I needn’t cite references to all the many theological books and articles I have read over the years to explain what I mean. I … Continue reading

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Think about it 2

Il se faut reserver une arriere boutique, toute nostre, toute franche, en laquelle nous establissions nostre vraye liberté et principale retraicte et solitude.” [A man should keep for himself a little back shop, all his own, quite unadulterated, in which … Continue reading

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“Light the world”

The idea that Barack Obama is not macho enough for the presidency – too professorial, too aloof, too cool – seems to be spreading. It’s the feeling that he doesn’t threaten or ‘kick ass’. It’s an idea that’s so familiar … Continue reading

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The general, the boss and the prince

There’s often something particularly interesting when different news stories coincide, intersect or collide. General Petraeus fainting at a Senate hearing was one legislative drama this week; BP’s Tony Hayward being grilled by Congresspersons for over seven hours was another. I … Continue reading

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Think about it 1

The Master [Confucius] said, “When you meet someone better than yourself, turn your thoughts to becoming his equal. When you meet someone not as good as you are, look within and examine your own self.” Confucius: the First Ten Books; … Continue reading

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A Thai treasure

Of all the sacred spaces I have encountered around the world, Wat Phutthaisawan in Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Siam, is a particularly special one for me. It has a matchless atmosphere of tranquillity and peace.  Visit it if you … Continue reading

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“Of whom then shall we be afraid?”

Citizens have the right to ask how their national defence is evolving, as modern warfare is, in response to real rather than imaginary or antique threats Continue reading

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How do we tell the story?

Bible stories help writers understand that narrative is culture-specific otherwise it can’t work in PR or resonate with audiences Continue reading

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