• Questions
  • Streams across borders

    Streams across borders

    Recently, I attended a talk by a Chinese professor of literature who is translating the novel “Finnegan’s Wake” into Chinese, a task which is not to be taken lightly considering the circumstances. The author of “Finnegan’s Wake” is James Joyce, the Irish author famed for his stream-of-consciousness & idioglottic style. Joyce uses words derived from […]

  • Mindset
  • Choosing a better mood

    Choose a better mood

    “The most important decision you make is to be in a good mood.” ― Voltaire   Imagine waking up every day and looking out unto the word through a window in a house. The window, your sole portal to the outside world is dirty from built-up grime which makes it very difficult to see clearly. […]

  • Politics
  • Answers and questions

    questions and answers

    “Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.” ― Voltaire Politics, or the game of getting re-elected, is one area where the art of dodging pointed questions is considered a required black art, which is either naturally occurring in an individual or acquired via coaching and specialised training. Politicians of the modern […]

  • Questions
  • Do we learn from our past?

    Do we learn from our past

    “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” – George Santayana Since the beginning of recorded civilisation, we have documented the key moments from our collective existence and defined it as “our history”.  This history has shown us where we came from, and with some analysis and understanding, serves to provide insight […]

  • Questions
  • Why not ask why?

    Why not ask wjy

    How do we begin to understand our world? From a young age, we naturally question everything. “Why?” asks the child. “That’s why!” replies an adult, and the process is repeated until the child runs out of questions or, more likely, the adult runs out of patience. At some stage in the journey from child to […]