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history

I wondered how one could possibly talk about history with their kids, at least from the part where beer-loving Gutenberg thought of using the wine press to make books, of all things. It’s obvious why he did it – he hated wine! But that’s besides the point. If he didn’t ever come up with such a crazy idea, … Continue reading

image culture

Photos of sunbathing royal breasts, political caricatures, religiously offensive videos, political mayhem, war, famine, death; magical mascaras, mouth-watering burgers, porn for any taste and age, protestors, injured, dead, each one telling their concrete story out of their habitat: the image – still or moving. WELCOME to the Image Culture, ladies and gentlemen, toddlers and adolescents! … Continue reading

insanity

Anders Breivik has been declared sane and is sentenced to a maximum of 21 years in prison (ordered to serve a minimum of 10 years). This is the person who, last year, killed 77 people in Norway. 21 years sentence? That makes his stay in prison, on average, 3 months per every person he has … Continue reading

bins

I don’t have the habit of peeking in the bins, especially when I’m on a holiday (with no intention of sounding arrogant or posh), but this one caught my eye and made me think of irony and alternatives. By sticking those labels on the bins, the local council has really taken good care of warning … Continue reading

luck

On luck: “I feel like a fugitive from the law of averages” – a US cartoonist At least for Mr. Tsutomu Yamaguchi it would feel that way. Here, we drive for an afternoon stroll, my husband, our kids and I, and in the dullness of a very ordinary afternoon, my husband tells me this story … Continue reading

war talk

We had an interesting ride back from London, my husband and I. Behind us, on the plane, there was a couple with three young boys, about 7, 5 and 3, their ages. The eldest two were sitting right behind us with another passenger. The boys’ parents were in the seats behind, with their youngest sibling. … Continue reading

cultures

This post is not specifically about cultures. Rather, about an argument I recently encountered on the subject. I asked a guy what the current minister for culture in Malta does about the country’s cultural development considering that he also runs the ministry for tourism and besides other little things like, hm, his family. The person … Continue reading

parade

Gay parade, Trafalgar Square, London, July 7, 8. Why, I wondered, gays have parades? More than any other people, movements, formations, and aspirations? And the mess they leave behind – not very gay-friendly. What’s there to parade about nowadays? It’s not like you’re dating a chihuahua and you protest for marriage rights. The gay parade … Continue reading

work-life

It’s time to stop fooling ourselves, says a woman who left a position of power: the women who have managed to be both mothers and top professionals are superhuman, rich, or self-employed. If we truly believe in equal opportunity for all women, here’s what has to change. (full article and ‘changes’ that the author proposes can … Continue reading

dummies

I recently heard an incredible revelation. One that deserves publication. Publication in the most trustworthy business magazines, in history books, and in crossword puzzles, if possible. I’ve been a little demanding lately, haven’t I? Requesting positions in the UN, conducting tests in the Holy See. What’s next? Demand to have tea with the Queen of … Continue reading