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Fear over Scottish vote should be subdued in Paisley’s passing

The dark irony of Ian Paisley’s death at the age of 88 today has not been missed on internet commentators. This was the man who opposed reconciliation between Northern Ireland Protestants and Catholics at all costs. That is, to the … Continue reading

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Lords of Finance and the risk to peace

Anyone still pondering the 2008 financial crisis must read Pulitzer prize-winner Liaquat Ahamed’s ‘Lords of Finance’. Not for a view of the Great Recession, but of the Great Depression, which was far harsher than the most recent crash.  Ahamed walks … Continue reading

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An emigrant’s St Patrick’s Day

Whenever I meet a fellow European, they are keen to assert their nationality and speak proudly of their heritage. Food, dance, language – these are key ingredients for a vibrant culture, or so I am told. They’re often less interested … Continue reading

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Measuring national identity

Canadians don’t love to be described as Americans, the Japanese hate to be confused with the Chinese. Slovakians don’t take too kindly to being called Czech and New Zealanders don’t want to be mistaken as Australian. There are lots of … Continue reading

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Repeating history: the sophistication of humans

Humans are the most interesting bit of the universe, according to the Telegraph’s assistant comment editor Tom Chivers*. I disagree with Chivers and made this clear to him in a Twitter debate earlier this week. Despite all the time we’ve … Continue reading

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Marriage and why gays ‘don’t cut it’

‘Love is a many splendid thing, love lifts us up where we belong … All you need is love’    Elephant Love Medley, Moulin Rouge In all this debate about marriage equality, I think the one resounding question we have … Continue reading

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Psychological Tricks

Psychological Tricks.

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