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Divisive doublespeak

Following on from yesterday’s invitation to be curious, here’s a nudge further along the path. The UK government has made a vague, deliberately misleading announcement on easing lockdown. It’s a very dangerous plan. It’s putting profit before people and placing responsibility on you should you get sick. The government are trying to shift the narrative […]

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Are you curious?

Do you take everything the media says to be true? Are you clapping on your doorstep on Thursday evening? Have you stopped for a second to ask what the fuck is going on? As an expat living in India hearing news of how the UK is handling the covid crisis is disconcerting. The story unfolds […]

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Placebo island

Imagine a place where there’s no science, no politics and no corporations. A corner of the earth where it’s just simple, self sufficient survival. A place untouched by the hand of progress and media lies. When I think of this utopia, it’s s bit Shire-like. It’s a rural idyll where folks live happily in a […]

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Limbic resonance

I started watching a new series recently. Sense8 explores the lives of eight strangers in eight different countries who start to experience a shared physchic connection to events that never happened to them. The first episode, Limbic Resonance, introduces the concept that deep emotional states arise from the limbic system and can be transmitted between […]

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The frequency of truth

Tonight is the final super moon of the year: the Super Flower Moon is calling for us to remember the importance of strong roots. As we begin to ease restrictions here in India we’re starting to look ahead. The possibilities for future travel, creative projects and social gatherings are emerging. It’s a time to claim […]

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Orwellian doublespeak

How would you feel if, instead of a half baked letter that tried to place responsibility for the spread of corona virus on you the public, Prime Minister, Boris Johnson gave this speech: ‘OK, listen up, citizens. The future of the world looks very different from that which you enjoy today. Things have got to […]

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Beyond our ken

In the 1980’s politics was dominated by Thatcherism. Free market liberalism, deregulation and privatisation steamrollered over post-war consensus to protect workers rights, provide a welfare state and to invest in nationalised industry to support the domestic economy. Forty years on and we’re seeing the fall out of those radical changes. The global economy is in […]

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Learning the basics

I did a HIIT session today. The set of exercises were new to me. It was an eye opener. I was amazed by the simple yet effective routine. This workout really pushed my limits. Training in the heat is a great way to build stamina. I can already see how development of these core strengths […]

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The power of choice

Much of the context of the news we receive aims to render in us a feeling of helplessness. The narrative seeks to deliver an apathetic inertia – “what’s the actual point?”. The media is highly skilled in this style of manipulation. The government encourages this injection of willful lethargy. The less questions we as a […]

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Stewardship of the mutant

I just finished reading a fantastic book by Siddhartha Mukherjee; The Gene, an intimate history. My synthesis goes like this: Science has the capability to create a genetically modified human The ethics of such a project are manifold Mutants are an essential part of evolution The most beautiful concept hints at the role of epigenetics […]