Monthly Archives: October 2010

I, Robot

I am part man, part machine. I grew up in the 20th century, and like most people outside the science fiction community, I thought that the 21st century was beyond the furthest reaches of possibility.  It  was Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film of … Continue reading

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Feeling Peckish?

My current bout of depression has done wonders for my cycling. The weight has been dropping off me, and I have been cycling longer distances faster than ever before.  A regime of low-fat yoghurt and energy drinks?  Nope.  I just … Continue reading

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‘To be or not to be…’

In October I sometimes wonder what it must be like to be a tree that sheds its leaves. Despite all the self-help books I have read ( a fair-sized library),  all the counselling and psychoanalysis I have had, and all … Continue reading

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‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…’

Cast your mind back, if you will, to the summer of 1980.  My parents had rented the house of the opera singer, Alfred Deller in Kent.  If that was not mortifying enough for this future blogger, they insisted on trailing … Continue reading

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Nature or Nurture?

Everyone has their favourite infantryman of the First World War,  mine is Ludwig Wittgenstein. Although you will know him for his catchily- titled  best- seller ‘Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus’, he was a much – decorated soldier.   He  served with distinction in the Austro-Hungarian … Continue reading

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