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‘We can’t be nice anymore’

An engineer from Virginia, USA, Stephen Robinson, said “We can’t be nice anymore”. It’s difficult to know from the Financial Times report of this whether his tone was sad or cynical.  Perhaps a bit of both. It is, in any case, frighteningly true. Please ponder this for a moment.  We all dread the news that…
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Rights, Wrongs, Courage, Media

Wherever Alexei Navalny’s spirit is now, if he is conscious of the human stumbling he has physically left, he must be very proud of his wife and mother. There is much courage in the world shown, among many ways, by maimed children in war zones and families made homeless in the rubble of fighting. The…
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Public ? Relations by Government Minister

Regrettable is a word used by officials when what they mean is disaster. It certainly applies in the case of the British submarine re-equipped to launch missiles carrying nuclear warheads. Described as the last line of defence, this weighty weapon was last tested a few years ago – not the warhead, you understand, just the…
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ARRIVE

Thanks to Ren Chun Ho for the idea and the title Life is more than the F1, good fun as it may be. Life is a journey – how many times have we been told that? We know where we start, though not precisely as it happens. We know what will end it, though not for…
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A dinner party

Ten people gathered round a table with good food, good talk and good results. What’s so strange about that? No mobile phones in sight, all evening. Each person a busy professional – diplomat, surgeon, architect, trainer, artist, communicator, traveller, financier, mentor, business manager – and not a single interruption to the evening. How unusual is…
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Putting our mind to work

Why not just call it thinking? That’s what we do when we put our mind to work, isn’t it? An irate boss once said to me “Think about it”  after we had had a misunderstanding (= row). I did, but what I thought about was how much simpler I had to be when explaining things…
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Education: a rethink Part 3 for the 2060s

‘Education is the act of turning the necessary, selfish, individual instincts of humans to live into a rational pattern of collective thought and behaviour for the Survival, Development and Fulfilment of the human race.’ Of all the definitions of education, this is the one I prefer. By 2060 the future of our planet will have…
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Education: a rethink Part 2 – for the 2020s

Education begins at home but some homes are not equipped to provide what is needed today. True in the past, that will be true in the future, too. We don’t want ‘professional parenting’ if our purpose is to keep a diverse mixture of brains and brawn in our population. We do want parents taking responsibility…
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King Charles III

The news that King Charles has cancer is sad for all those who regard the non-political, symbolic British Monarchy as relevant in today’s world. His brightness in telling us about it is an affirmation both that he understands how doing so can encourage others to be open with their ailments and of his own courage…
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Education – a rethink Part 1

Some readers of the Daily Paradox have asked what I mean by a ‘rethink of our education system’. They want to know to whom and in which countries it applies. Does it mean that the present primary, secondary and tertiary education programmes should be replaced? Why do we need a major change in how we…
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