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During a black-belt test, in Japanese martial arts, the candidate will sit at one end of the mat, and three or more opponents will sit at the other end. At the moment indicated by the teacher, the opponents will attack.  To pass the test the candidate needs to find a way to be in charge. […]

Read MoreMay 15, 2020 8:00 am - Posted by Pete_Hamill

As I read my social media streams, there are some who argue that this is a turning point and that this will change everything – going back to normal is not an option because of how the world was working. It’s an interesting question – will this pandemic change global trends, change how we deal […]

Read MoreMay 7, 2020 7:04 pm - Posted by Pete_Hamill

The World Wide Web is 20 years old, I am informed, and in that time we have accumulated huge amounts of knowledge. At a moments notice, with the aid of Google, Wikipedia and Amazon, we can access vast quantities of information, pretty much immediately. The Encyclopaedia set that I grew up with in my parent’s […]

Read MoreApril 30, 2013 3:26 pm - Posted by Pete_Hamill

Much has been made of the current ‘Occupy’ protests; Wall Street and the London Stock Exchange, (located at St Paul’s Cathedral) being two of the most prominent, although I have seen similar protests in a number of cities in different countries. These protests are often criticised for not having any clear focus, demands, proposals or […]

Read MoreJanuary 17, 2012 9:48 pm - Posted by Pete_Hamill

Two great writers, Orwell and Huxley had different visions of the future expressed in their literature. This wondeful cartoon contrasts the two and suggests that Huxley may have been right. I am indebted to Ben Ramilingam (whose blog Aid on the Edge of Chaos is really worth a read) for bringing this to my attention. […]

Read MoreJune 24, 2011 2:19 pm - Posted by Pete_Hamill