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“There’s just one more thing”

Right now I’m reading Robert M Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Morrow 1975, 1999), and watching all the episodes of Columbo (1970-78) I can get my hands … Continue reading

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Japanese pilgrimage

One of the most famous and influential figures in Japanese Buddhism is the man known as Kobo Daishi, “great teacher of the Buddhist faith”, or Kukai as he was known … Continue reading

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Know Yourself

A saying displayed on the entrance to Apollo’s temple at Delphi, said Plato, was “know yourself”. Delphi was a great centre of healing, where the ancient Greeks took their problems, … Continue reading

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Wednesday, 16 September, 2015 · Leave a comment

Another look at Bladerunner

I’ve just watched Bladerunner again (the so called international theatrical release of 1982), one of my favourite films, and this is what I thought afterwards. One of the things that … Continue reading

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Monday, 31 August, 2015 · 3 Comments

Records of a floating life

If you looked back (given a sufficient amount of time) at your life, what details would you choose to record? Just the essentials? As the great T’ang poet Li Po … Continue reading

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Monday, 24 August, 2015 · Leave a comment

True Fictions

This is a true fiction about how the venerable genre of true fiction gave rise to the novel in England in the 17th century. Their antecedents probably explain why the … Continue reading

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Friday, 7 August, 2015 · Leave a comment


The word ‘democracy’ has a confusing etymology, and nobody knows how to really define it: which makes it an easy term to use duplicitously. My advice is, don’t get in … Continue reading

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Sunday, 2 August, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Golden Ass

Apuleius was a Latin writer who lived in the second century AD (about 124-170 AD). He is the last major writer of (surviving) classical Latin, a relic of the stable … Continue reading

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Thursday, 23 July, 2015 · Leave a comment

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