I hate small talk. One of the worst possible torture treatments you could hand me would be to put me in a room with strangers for a whole day and ask me to make small talk with them. Over the years I’ve come to avoid it as much as possible. Extroverts won’t really understand, but … Continue reading The big things about small talk
Sleep. I don’t need to emphasise the importance of this for us humans. Getting enough sleep is one of the rare pieces of health advice which seems to receive consensus – from science experts to Twitter fitness gurus. It’s only perhaps your LinkedIn efficiency freaks who downplay sleep when they post about their 3am wake … Continue reading How to train your brain to sleep
I tend to compare football to real life quite often. Probably because I’m a bit obsessed with football and football tactics. But probably also because football, like life, requires an overcoming of something in order to be successful. With football it’s another team, and a coach has a host of options available to him on … Continue reading Lessons I’ve learned from Jurgen Klopp
Marcus Aurelius has always been an interesting figure for me. One of the most prominent Roman Emperors, he ruled the empire for nineteen years from 161 to 180. He’s an endearing figure for many, both as a thinker and leader. Although what is most endearing about him for me is his philosophical work called Meditations, … Continue reading Is This Necessary?
Novels to live by The classic novel, for me, should stand alongside the likes of the wheel, the engine and medicine as one of the most important creations of mankind. The most powerful of novels have the ability to make you understand not just a great deal more about the world we live in, but … Continue reading Those Damn Russians
Envy – commonly regarded as a negative emotion which leads to dissatisfaction and ill feeling. In religious practices, we are taught the envy is a negative force to be avoided. In the Christian Bible envy is spoken of many times as something one should be careful of. “Do not covet” is of course the most … Continue reading The positive power of envy
In the early 1600’s in Pisa, Galileo Galilei, a professor of mathematics, developed a keen interest in spyglasses, telescopes and observing distant planets. He got so involved in it that he made a conclusion which went against the entire scientific establishment of the time. Of course, this conclusion was that the Earth in fact goes … Continue reading Galileo, climate change and the case for debate