Monthly Archives: August 2010

A gift for India

We are living in the last few years of a Golden Age. Change is coming, and it will be massively greater and more far-reaching than anything we have experienced since the World Wars. How we deal with it will probably … Continue reading

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Right versus Left

Democracies always seem to conform to the traditional divide between Left and Right,  progressives versus conservatives, with varying levels of antipathy. The Left calls the Right brutal and stupid.  The Right calls the Left naive and profligate.

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Think about it 6

Omnino non amplius, de eo, qualem, oporteat esse bonum virum; disserere, sed talem esse. [Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.] Marcus Aurelius. Meditations 10:16 Some years ago, when I was going though a … Continue reading

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Three courses of action

Can anyone help me trace a quotation? One of my favourite ones is the dictum of Field Marshall Count Helmuth von Moltke: “In war you will generally find that the enemy has at any time three courses of action open … Continue reading

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Camus’ people

As the European empires dissolved after 1945 and their colonies reclaimed their independence, one group of people got caught in the middle.  These were the white settlers, (called the pieds-noir) in French Algeria and the Italians in Eritrea.  Some had … Continue reading

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The floods in Pakistan: an eye-witness account

A letter from a friend of a friend, received in UK yesterday: “I am in Pakistan at the moment.  I arrived at Karachi on Tuesday morning. On my  arrival, I was told to stay there as Sukkur was on high … Continue reading

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Think about it 5

Chi è ciascuno di noi se non una combinatoria d’esperienze, d’informazioni, di letture, d’immaginazioni? Ogni vita è un’enciclopedia, una biblioteca, un’inventario d’oggetti, un campionario di stili, dove tutto può essere continuamente rimescolato e riordinato in tutti i modi possibili. [Is … Continue reading

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Lorraine Hunt sings Handel

“If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.” YouTube is a treasury of great performances but there can be few that top this one: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson singing “As with rosy steps the morn” from Handel’s Theodora in a … Continue reading

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Somewhere in Westminster

In the network of elegant but narrow 18th century streets south of Westminster Abbey – this is how a Dickens novel might begin, but there it is – there is a dark corner where two of them meet in permanent … Continue reading

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