Express Yourself

Whilst sheltering at home during this pandemic, scientists remind us daily that the best way to protect our family’s health and safety is…

Dare to be wise

The Roman poet Horace tells a fable intended to illustrate the folly of inaction. In it a man, walking through open country, finds his path…

Blue Monday: a self-fulfilling prophecy?

Blue Monday typically takes place on the third Monday in January, known as the saddest day of the year. It is a time when we can feel our…

The things in our control

So 2021 begins in the way familiar from last Spring: with lockdown, with crisis, and with grim and troubling circumstances that affect us…

And the word of the year is…

Last month, Collins Dictionary unveiled its word of the year: “lockdown”, defined as “the imposition of stringent restrictions on travel,…

Fast and Feast

The Christmas season is upon us, and in this year of all years, it feels needful. The festive season may promote a range of responses, from…

The Power of Gratitude

No one needs a newsflash to be aware that times are unconventional. To say everything is different is an understatement. The phrase…

The value of values

Most schools and many institutions lay claim to a set of values. At their worst, these can be absurd: well-meaning or virtue-signalling…

Rule the World

Last weekend, as news networks declared that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden had won the US 2020 election, I reflected on why…

How to Win

At the time of writing the aftermath of the US election rumbles on, with no clear victor in sight. Viewed from across the Atlantic and…