Monthly Archives: July 2012

Chris Marker Extraordinary Film Maker Dies Aged 91

I was sorry to hear of the death of the marvelous French Film Maker Chris Marker, whose short film ‘La Jettee’ is a legend as it is almost entirely made up of still photos with one slight movement. Here is … Continue reading

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Heroes of Retreat

I have been reading the splendid ‘Anatomy of a Moment’ by Javier Cercas, the Spanish novelist, about the 1981 attempted coup in Spain and came across a reference to the phrase of Hans Magnus Enzensberger: ‘the heroes of retreat‘: ACCORDING … Continue reading

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Michelle Bachmann’s Bigoted Fundamentalism

I liked this plea by Frank Bruni for tolerance and for condemnation of Michelle Bachmann in today’s New York Times: What I find most fascinating about Michele Bachmann — and there are many, many more where she came from — … Continue reading

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Cargo Cult, the Mandarin Elite and the Future

I have increasingly come to think that modern Western societies have become infected by a form of Cargo Cult. Wikipedia defines Cargo Cult as: A cargo cult is a religious practice that has appeared in many traditional pre-industrial tribal societies in the wake of interaction with … Continue reading

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Michael Gorb: In Memoriam

My long time friend Nigel, once warned another of my friends, Pavitra, not to argue with me as ‘he remembers everything.‘ I am not sure if that is a blessing or a curse, but at least one other friend asked … Continue reading

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Unasked for Advice

It is always tempting when seeing a friend struggling with a situation, to offer them advice they haven’t asked for. And indeed, I have often found the advice we are tempted to give, applies more to ourselves than to their … Continue reading

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Probability and Sums of All Our Fears

I am always interested in the important role fear plays in conflict. Unfortunately, we are very wired to react to fearful stories and situations and much less wired to consider probabilities. Even in countries with no poisonous snakes, people still … Continue reading

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