We can expect limited success in our endeavours to change but some change is better than none. We may be able to tip the balance in our favour.
It is pleasant to imagine that there was a day in the distant past where people did not live in Grenfell Tower and didn’t have to look at Trump’s haircut in the media.
I turned to the Guardian this morning after my Bad Hair Day yesterday, looking for inspiration but need not have bothered.
Bad hair day doesn’t begin to describe the awfulness of a day of real negativity. There are days when the sun just seems to go out.
Is it right to feel distaste for your fellow man?
The legend of El Dorado, a fabulous golden city in South America, inspired many expeditions in the 16th Century in search of wealth and excess.
I’m sure there is peace to be had and I have often found snatches of it. The big trick is to make it last.
A poem written in 1932 by Mary Elizabeth Frye, beautifully set to music by Howard Goodall as part of his Requiem: Eternal Light.
Is the internet a curse or a blessing? Used carefully, in my opinion it is a huge blessing.
I was reading a post this morning on “alchemical healing” and was a little puzzled by it.
Earlier this morning I had been contemplating nihilism. I was feeling nihilistic and unconstructive. I wondered if some pill or other could improve my mood and cheer up my day.
I was wondering whether I really mean what I write? Or to turn it round another way, do I write what I mean?
I wonder whether it is possible to be a hermit these days? And if so, where.
Internet forums are the perfect place to understand the petty origins of conflict. The Troll must be studiously ignored.
The Arab Israeli conflict arose from vibrating energy “strings” – it really is that simple in a sense.
My latest Netflix Binge is Fauda – a violent, compelling and visually superb take on the Arab Israeli conflict.
I’m sorry to have to wax lyrical but it doesn’t get much better than being “down Deal” (as the local patois would have it).
Deal is a little seaside town in East Kent which seems to have been forgotten by time and a mile or so further south are to be found beautiful Walmer and Kingsdown.
Commercial blogging is so utterly grubby and most practitioners of the art are second hand car salesmen, whatever they pretend they are selling or “doing”.
Someone in Canterbury Cathedral (the Dean perhaps?) decided that Verse 9 was going a little far .
In today’s Guardian, some dear lady say that she gives the Communist Manifesto out as a gift.
I am so grateful for the BBC who explain that LGBT+ is now passé.
I am always amused by the sheer vastness of the Blagging and Bluffing community on the internet offering advice on subjects in which they themselves possess no expertise whatsoever.
As deadly sins go, bingeing on Netflix probably ranks among the less serious.
I wonder whether I am guilty of “tilting at windmills”.
There is nothing quite like a funeral to concentrate the mind; “carpe diem” seems such an apt phrase at such a time.
David Harding ( Winton Capital ) has for many years been quoted as a superhero of the hedge fund world. Harding’s meteoric…
Is it odd that 100 million deaths in the Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918 has received comparatively little attention?
Is everything bad? Is the world a bad place? Are we humans damned and doomed? Is there any good news?
How can people not see what their untrammelled hatred does to themselves and those around them?
John Singer Sargent ranks high in my list of favourite painters.
I have come to question my behaviour when dealing with a pig over the past couple of years. Well, pigs actually.
Why does society have to be so divisive? Why does political posturing have to increase polarization and seek to indoctrinate?
it’s time to dip back in and carry on my quest to discover whether artificial intelligence can predict financial markets.
Bishop Michael Curry preached a fine sermon at the wedding today of Prince Harry and beautiful actress Meghan Markle.
Art prices at ‘obscene’ levels as Chinese join high-spending elite says Richard Partington, the Guardian’s economics correspondent.
I am trying to work out in my own mind my exact feelings about Meghan Markle’s Royal Knees Up and the role of the Royal Family in general.
Elaine Pearson (Australia director at Human Rights Watch) states that Australia’s lame response to Anwar Ibrahim’s detention was a mistake.
Martha Gill writes of the hazards of dramatising the near past and asks whether we should delay so as to achieve perspective.
Victoria’s Requiem, written for the funeral of dowager Empress Maria of Spain who died on February 26, 1603 is sublime.
Hatred is a difficult emotion to combat connected as it is with so many other qualia.
All radical and swift changes imposed on society began as Utopian dreams and descended into Dystopian horror. Need it always be so?
We must ensure that education is not slanted towards any political agenda and is concerned with providing what our children need to make a better world.
Class War in Journalism and Politics is alive and well. It is business as usual in Parliament and the news papers.
An end to “Conflict in The Middle East” is unlikely to be achieved by conventional and time worn solutions which have achieved nothing over the decades.
My own petty, unimportant and irrelevant moral dilemma should teach me something about the world and how to improve it.
Must try harder! Unfortunately as an imperfect individual I find it necessary to question my own behaviour on a daily basis.
The mighty kings at the FANGs are the modern robber barons.
“The UK government’s education policies are damaging and benefiting the few. It’s time for a rethink.”
I am disappointed to hear that Scandinavian happiness is “more a matter of class whether you can afford to take time to take care of yourself”.
Do I have what it takes to be a Guardian Reader? I have always been desperately keen to say: “yes I am, I’m deeply socialist in moral and ethical terms”.
JFK famously said “Ich Bin ein Berliner” but I can perhaps more accurately say the same thing about London.
Rembrandt – Belshazzar’s feast: the literature, art and music of religion still hold a vast sway over the imagination of many of us.
Jan van Eyck painted what has become known as the Arnolfini Portrait in 1434.
He is an odd character the bully, a difficult one to work out sometimes.
Beauty comes in so many forms and is so utterly transformative wherever it is encountered.
The act of self expression in writing seems to provide relief from strong or long repressed emotions – a catharsis.
Are we all hypocrites or is there the odd saintly exception?
Every human should have the right to take his or her own life and the means to do so painlessly and swiftly should be made easily and openly available.
What possible use is hindsight when the past is behind us and unchangeable?
Nobel prize winning physicist Frank Wilczek’s book “A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature’s Deep Design” is certainly worth reading.
I do not read the news because it is repetitive, dispiriting, boring and irrelevant.
Regret, while you still have breath, is a wasteful extravagance, a futile and destructive luxury.
To have lived a good life is all that matters in the end.
If there is one thing I can not stand it is a mealy mouthed clergyman (in that mournful oh so serious and pious voice) telling us we are all so sinful
Racism is most often and probably correctly thought of as a modern phenomenon.
Evil cannot exist without consciousness and free will.
Anger is an invention of the selfish gene, an evolutionary tool for the survival of the fittest.
Why is it that siblings often fall out in such a bitter fashion on the death of parents? Is it a petty dispute over the will? Or is it something deeper?
Is the “salesman” grubby and embarrassing by definition?
I write to educate myself.
Epiphany is usually thought of in a religious context but it can equally be a secular phenomena where one is struck by some extreme beauty or revelation.
The New Age movement is a range of spiritual beliefs and practices that on the surface is full of foolish nonsense.
“Renaissance Men” were able to master and practice a number of widely different subjects. Can it still be done in today’s highly specialised world?
Consciousness can only be sought through science and empirical, rational thought.
Embrace the positive avoid the negative.
Mechanical strategies for trading futures usually include fixed fractional position sizing to limit initial risk from any single trade.
Futures traders generally employ exit points in the form of volatility based stops for each position (established at initiation) determining when to cut a loss short and operating in conjunction with position sizing rules.
A quantitative trend following system must define: when to enter a position; how much to buy; when to exit a position.
The Global Macro hedge fund strategy can be defined as dynamic global asset allocation. Global Macro hedge fund managers have the ability to take positions in any instrument in any market throughout the world.
We are all looking to get rich quick. We are all looking for something for nothing. But few of us will succeed and even fewer will be able to retain the short-lived gains.
The large majority of start-up projects sink without trace. The occasional winner however can make up the losses and yield a profit on the portfolio.
8 Steps to Profitable Investment
A few Simple Investment Rules are All You Need.
Investment is extremely simple. Wide diversification and the avoidance of cots and complexity is the way to go.
Depression can only be defeated by science and rational enquiry not airy faerie emotional wallowing such as is to be found in most useless self help books.
Fundamental analysis of stock market investments is a futile and expensive waste of time and should be wholly replaced by quantitative analysis.
Philosopher David Pearce has a message of overwhelming significance: The Abolition of Suffering can and will be achieved.
Who thinks finance, stock broking and fund management are respectable professions dedicated to increasing the wealth of their customers?
Technical analysis is nothing less than embarrassing nonsense practiced by fools or knaves.
If you want long term investment success, then trade as seldom as possible.
Profitable investment is very simple and yet an entire industry has been spawned which cons the public into imagining the process is very complex.
How has it come to pass that a tiny handful own the vast majority of this tiny spaceship we call the Earth?
The universe is infinite and contains infinite matter and yet we are still faced with overwhelming poverty and suffering on a global scale. How come?
A quale is the singular form of the plural qualia. Qualia are a linguistic attempt to describe the subjective experience of consciousness.
The question “what am I” is the most important avenue any sentient being can enter.
If you can deal with depression at all you need to determine whether your life is causing your anxiety or whether it is your anxiety which is ruining your life.
Can we find peace in this world despite what the Book of Common Prayer says?
If you are not satisfied and fulfilled by your job it is a fair bet you are not happy. Certainly not as happy as you could and should be.
Self help gurus are guaranteed fakes. So are all other self anointed gurus. Avoid them – run for your life and keep your purse locked.