Usually related to education, philosophy or society, I write these to give form to some of things I grapple with. If they can spur on debate and reflection so much the better.



They met again by way of a birthday. Ella, a pretty blonde who, despite of - or indeed owing to - being oblivious to her natural beauty (she had a charming face adorned with tender hazel eyes and a body whose shapes would flatter even the plainest of girl) had a callous attitude as if she’d lived through the Prague Spring. She’d been sharing a room with Nataša for the past four years, together with their friend Josh in a nice flat in North West London. The two girls had become best friends, constantly teasing each other and trying to get the better of the other when given the chance. Luc had, the night before, sent Ella a message to wish her a happy birthday - the first time he’d got in touc


“Maturity, the way I understand it,” he told me, “is knowing what your limitations are.” He wasn’t far from Bokonon in defining maturity. “Maturity,” Bokonon tells us, “is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter can be said to remedy anything.” - K. Vonnegut, Cats Cradle Je me retrouve aux passages de rites jamais visités, à l’âge adulte que je n’ai point cherché, qui plane au dessus de ma tête avec la pesanteur de l’orage. J’observe la jeunesse autour de moi, la joie et la légèreté d’une fille sur la plage en maillot; une fille qu’auparavant j’aurais rêvé de pouvoir embrasser, se trouve maintenant encore plus inaccessible. Le frétillement du cœur à l’idée de l’ab

What I Learnt at Uni

What have I learnt from my years studying at university? It seems as though I have not learnt anything until I put any of it into practice - and how might one do so when what was learnt were the liberal arts? Politics Philosophy and History... other than becoming a teacher and perpetuating the same cycle - as if the only purpose of learning something was to then teach it. How do I apply any of it? All I did at university was learn to form opinions about what other people had said. Now, this may be viewed by some as an extremely valuable skill to possess. Certainly it has enabled me to impress and intimidate on more than one occasion. A certain power is gained by exercising one's capacity to

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