Author: John Bittleston

Learning to learn

Whatever else in the world is in recession, education is advancing. With the reviews of all education levels between ‘Primary to Masters’ and ‘Life-long-learning’, humans are asking why their world is so distorted and what they can do to better equip future generations. Learning comes more easily to some than to others but even the…
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A Universal Blessing

Globalisation is steaming ahead like the fastest Cunard liner winning the Blue Riband on the Atlantic. Trade globalisation appears to have receded because of the spat between East and West. In practice, the need to globalise – everything including trade – is as great as ever, and as for travel, for education, for technology transfer, no anti-globalisation is going to stop them. Maybe we are approaching…
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Automated Service

A well-known national business in the telecoms industry in Singapore recently answered an emergency call for help over a down telephone line with the words “This is an Automated Service”. A clash of the meanings of adjacent words like these is known as a ‘bronchobabble’. There are few bronchobabbles as mind-boggling as ‘Automated Service’. Service…
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Call the meeting NOW OUR PRESIDENTs

“You have not had an accident, Sir, you have had a car crash”. Thus spoke the policeman that attended the only car mishap I was ever involved in. He was quite right. Before the investigation into what happened, ahead of insurance claims and possible court cases, the officer had said quite simply “…you have had…
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Means & Ends

We often ask “Where and How?” – not, perhaps, as bluntly as that, but the essence of what we want to know is ‘Where are we going and How are we going to get there?’ Of course, there are many occasions, like planning a holiday, when the journey is part of the occasion and you…
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‘All alone’

A 1920s song by Irving Berlin sent a message that resonates deeply with many people today. From those whose spouse or close friend has died to the old and ill, from the child whose parents cannot look after it properly, from the mentally isolated to the terminally sad, loneliness is an infliction of real hardship…
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The Revolving Mirror

You know about The Revolving Door. It’s where people come out as fast as they go in. As a child you might have been caught in one. As a politician in a democracy today you can be trapped in a really fast spinner. Some people think the British have one at the Prime Minister’s home…
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China’s agenda

It really doesn’t matter whether China’s now declared agenda is the aspiration of one man or the collective aim of an ideology. For sure, it will be a bit of both. The theory of democracy is that too much autocracy is self-destructive because enough of the people won’t stand for it to make it eventually…
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The Lights of Deepavali

for 24th October 2022 If there is one thing the world needs more than anything else right now it is a Row of Lights. Lights that shine brightly, lights that illuminate the beauty of humanity, lights that show the way in an otherwise somewhat gloomy and disrupted world. The pathway along which we shuffle in…
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Personal Dignity

A much admired reader of The Daily Paradox has asked me to write about honesty and truth in politics. It is a request I cannot resist but I do so from a different point of view to the tradition of ‘truth is right’. When I asked my four year old great granddaughter Phoebe, last Sunday,…
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