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Cuba braces itself for a second US invasion

The poor in Cuba are very, very poor, but it does not feel like a country blighted by poverty – not, for example, like India, where I live. People have suffered a repressive political regime with a virtuall...

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 ju...
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Brain optional, scientists say, and I have to agree

ME: You slept 14 hours! TEENAGE DAUGHTER: I’m up, I’m up, see? * Moves from bedroom doorway to sofa and lies down* *** I’m telling you, this kid has life SORTED. Conscious awareness is over-rated. ...

Out of China – Scariest Superbug of All hits US

A 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 th...
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Differences between Westerners and Easterners

Asia contains literally four billion people. So it’s kind of weird that every time I visit the West, people say: “You’re from Asia? I met a guy from there once; I wonder if you know him?” What’s even more we...
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4 true stories about taking risks

I NEVER USED TO be a risk-taker but then I had children who would play in the dirt and say things like: “Daddy, close your eyes and open your mouth.” Parents soon learn what true courage is. I’ve been thinki...
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Thoughts about persuasive speech

INTERVIEWER: “And exactly how much leadership experience do you have?” ME: “Does being admin of a Whatsapp list count? Because I had 20 names on one before I accidentally deleted it.” He wasn’t impressed ...
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My position on gender and toilets

A WOMAN WAS SACKED for having short hair and wearing trousers to work recently. “They said I was gay,” she complained to an unsympathetic Labor Tribunal in the city of Guiyang, southwest China. How could her...
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I’m outing myself: I identify as a potato

It’s 2055. Phones are painted onto our palms. Being transgender is compulsory, except for Popes, who have to be female. All countries have combined into one big nation, North Zuckerberg. No, wait. Maybe life...