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It’s now or never – or never now

Is it time you thought about time? Like all concepts it dissolves when you examine it. Behind time lurks something much more real, but unlike time, we cannot explain it. … Continue reading

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A man of feeling

It’s hard to believe he lived in the 18th century: the way he feels and reacts seems so contemporary. He is indeed one of the makers of our contemporary world. … Continue reading

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Varieties of affection

This is an essay about how we describe, or try to, emotions and feelings such as love, and so is bound to be inexact, even obscure. I’m sorry about that. … Continue reading

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Wednesday, 27 April, 2016 · 1 Comment

Thinking about sex

Human beings spend a lot of their time exploring sex, sometimes in surprising forms: a species obsession. Here is my take on the subject. NB some pictures have been edited. … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 19 April, 2016 · 3 Comments

Faith in America 2

Religion in each country has national characteristics. In Europe and Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, Catholicism and Islam are part of a long past, and to practise … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 12 April, 2016 · Leave a comment

Faith in America 1

I had thought religion in America consisted mainly of consumerism, with a highly visible idiot fringe in southern states. Here I’ve looked more closely at religion in the USA. Reliable … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 5 April, 2016 · 2 Comments


I was in the supermarket the other week and overheard a couple in the next isle. She was saying of a product they were looking at, “Don’t you remember Danny, … Continue reading

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Wednesday, 30 March, 2016 · 3 Comments

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