The Magus & the Educator

The Magus & the EducatorNow that we are well into the second decade of the new millennium we get a clearer idea of what is important; what we will be bringing into the new century as essential building blocks as the old recedes into history. Where now are those twin pillars of the 20th Century thought, Marxism and Freudianism…

Extra Virgin or Greasy Harlot?

Extra Virgin or Greasy Harlot?The olive has been with us for some 8,000 years. Its oil has been a treasured culinary companion around the Mediterranean basin for most of that time. In the past 40 years olive oil’s appeal has gone global. So much so that there is now a shortage and prices have risen dramatically. So has the…

Globalisation: Is BREXIT the Tipping Point?

Globalisation: Is BREXIT the Tipping Point?The decision when it came was a shock. Surprisingly, to people all over the world, not just to the British and Europeans directly affected. Reactions, depending upon where you stood, ranged from anger to jubilation, sadness to fear, incomprehension to indifference. Whatever the reaction the prevailing feeling was one of ill-defined unease. A sense that…

Out of China – Scariest Superbug of All hits US

Out of China – Scariest Superbug of All hits USA superbug discovered last November originating in Southern China threatens to overwhelm modern medicine within a few decades causing bacterial infection to become - once again, the leading cause of death in the world, has quickly spread internationally. Unless immediate and effective steps to combat it, and the overuse of antibiotics, are taken it can…

Hard Cheese! Authentic is the New Luxe

Hard Cheese! Authentic is the New LuxeThe term ‘mass luxury’ is a contradiction. It makes no sense, except of course in marketing parlance, when it becomes potent. True luxury in the consumerist Edwardian sense – a Fabergé egg let’s say, comprising beautiful and supremely well-crafted objects of rare originality are probably something that common or garden millionaires today will never get…

Comprehensive & Affordable Medical Cover…a Trainwreck Foretold?

After water to drink, food to eat and a roof over our heads, the next major concern for most of us is affordable and effective health care. Right now we are not headed in a good direction with any of the above. There is every reason to be concerned, but not for despair. Human ingenuity…

Coca Cola’s Expensive “Milk”

At a critical stage of Apple’s negotiations to hire Pepsi’s John Sculley as their new CEO back in 1983, Steve Jobs clinched the deal by asking Sculley “do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?”.   Pepsi’s arch-rival…

Why Shoot the Mules?

Why Shoot the Mules?As a child growing up in England in the 1950s I can still remember the chill and frisson of fascinated fear we all felt on the occasions a death sentence was carried out. An overriding aura of a shameful and squalid act being committed pervaded the nation. All the usual suspects, the protests and vigils…

The Knight of Oz knocks the Abbott of Oz for a Spill

Prince Philip, the 93 year-old Prince Consort of the Queen of England is hardly in need of another title and yet Tony Abbott, Australia’s Liberal prime minister and ardent monarchist, thinks he is and knighted him last year, along with an Australian airman and a brace of Dames. Australians don’t agree and it nearly cost…

The Cow – Most Successful & Most Miserable of Species

That many of us believe we are headed for a dystopic world seems clear from the fact that not a week goes by without a book, movie or cable TV series being put out depicting some new or rehashed variation on a dystopic theme. Visions of the future, dystopic or utopic, have ever haunted our…
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