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War. Can it be ended?

The other day my brother and my wife were arguing about war.  One felt that war was something to be understood and managed, a sort of necessary evil that often achieved positive ends.  The other felt that war was never justifiable or desirable.  One pointed out that, in the case of the second world war, simply not fighting and allowing…

Public response to tragedy: The five stages

The recent attacks in Paris (and so many other cities around the world, before and after) shocked the world, in the way that only terrorist attacks do.  But as the days passed, while people mourned, looked for somebody to blame, or swore revenge, I noticed a pattern in how the public responds to tragedy.  I’ve noticed these common threads form over…

On having five kids

Welcome to the third episode of the Now Look Here podcast, in which your hosts reveal themselves to be the parents of five kids, even though they are not Catholic, do know about contraception and do have other ways to entertain themselves! Having five kids is hard, but it has its benefits.  All those cute little smiles around the breakfast…

The name is Bond. Domestic Bond.

With the recent release of the Bond film, “Spectre” in cinemas, we took the opportunity to discuss James Bond films in general, and Daniel Craig in particular. Specifically, we exploited our limited knowledge of the franchise to analyse whether or not James Bond would be any good in the real world, with toddlers and a mortgage. We also have a…

It’s time to give up on Punctuality

The other day, I had to do business with somebody who was very concerned with punctuality.  He was adamant that, of all the things somebody could bring to their meeting, the time of arrival was the only one that counted.  Whenever somebody was late, he would prattle on about how “Punctuation is the essence of courtesy”.  Watching him constantly checking his…