In a week that started with a man doing unusual things with a flare outside Wembley and ended with 50,000 new daily covidcases, it was good to take an hour out to think about tomorrow and bask in the possibility of future days to come.Continue reading
“I judge you unfortunate because you have never lived through misfortune. You have passed through life without an opponent so nobody can ever know what you are capable of – not even you”
In the 1st Century Roman philosopher Seneca mused on the nature of adversity and in the past 14 months we’ve seen plenty of that.Continue reading
In the modern world we are sometimes guilty of thinking we have a monopoly on disruption and the pace of change, but I was struck this week by a line in the excellent Michael Palin book on HMS Erebus.
When the ship set off on a polar expedition in 1839 there was no such thing as photography and yet when they returned to port just 4 years later the daguerreotype camera meant photos were now part of everyday life.Continue reading
The central message of the sweeping new Adam Curtis doumentary Can’t get you out of my head is that the world is something we make and can actually be remade differently despite all the hidden forces that have brought us to this point.Continue reading
It’s been a strange couple of weeks in many ways with lots of optimism and pace around the vaccine and the amazing job staff are doing to roll it out, set against the continuing daily grind of Covid with no let up just yet.Continue reading
In 1972 a bestselling book warned of a global decline and general downturn for civilisation from the year 2020.
As a prediction “The limits to growth” now seems incredibly prescient although a global pandemic wasn’t really a part of the equation that crunched huge volumes of data on economics, population and industrialisation.Continue reading
It’s like “Deja Vu all over again” or so the famous Yogi Berra quote goes.
As we enter the third national lockdown I think we can all be forgiven for a feeling a bit like here we go again.Continue reading
So, I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a pretty terrible year, punctuated by some fantastic good news about the vaccine last week.
While we’re all keen to be positive and optimistic I think there’s a growing recognition that there are still some very hard days ahead especially as winter pressures and another potential wave of Covid19 hits the sector in the new year.Continue reading
The Greek philosophiser Heraclitus believed that everything must be kept in a permanent state of flux to hold the universe in balance.
“You can never step in the same river twice,” he famously posited.
Well, for many in the NHS that certainly sounds deceptive as they wade shoulder deep through the choppy waters of a second Covid19 wave and national lockdown.Continue reading
“What we know is a drop, what we don’t know is an ocean”
If like me you’ve been following Dark the slow burning, German time travel, philosophy head scratcher on Netflix you’ll recognise that quote.Continue reading