Monthly Archives: July 2012

Thrilling Summer Reading from John Childress

“Sentence first, verdict afterwards.”  Lewis Carroll If you are going on holiday this summer, or just staying around the comforts of home and looking for a thrilling summer read, check out my new novels on Amazon.Kindle (and other e-book retailers) … Continue reading

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Classical Music and Never Let an Engineer Write a User’s Manual

If you are a parent (and even if not) you have probably experienced trying to assemble a child’s toy or a BBQ or a piece of furniture from IKEA using the supplied reference manual.  Take bolt “B” and insert into … Continue reading

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Slowing Down to Butterfly Time . . .

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.  ~Rabindranath Tagore I had an amazing half hour this morning.  As you may recall, we are in the south of France for a week long music festival.  The classical … Continue reading

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Classical Music in the French Countryside. . . The Long Game

I don’t know if it’s a sign of all the chaos that is happening out there or not, but I’ve lately craved the structure and order of classical music, the balance and symmetry. -Helen Reddy It’s July. Summertime in the … Continue reading

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Moving House and a Sad Observation . . .

Why does the loneliness of old age seem somehow different, sadder and more painful? After 7 years in the same mews house in London, we are moving to a much larger family home a few miles away.  It’s a big … Continue reading

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The Cynic . . .

“Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us.” ― Stephen Colbert … Continue reading

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Dr. Dee was a Dummkopf

    Any subject is good for opera if the composer feels it so intently he must sing it out. -Gian Carlo Menotti Last weekend we went to see a new opera at the English National Opera.  By new, I mean … Continue reading

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What’s Right With the UN?

The Purposes of the United Nations are: To maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression … Continue reading

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Reblog: Culture eats Strategy ? ? ?

(I wrote this blog about culture a while ago, but with all the talk about banking and bank culture in the news, I thought it might be of interest and helpful) A culture of discipline is not a principle of … Continue reading

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The Culture of Banking is Broken . . . An Example

Everywhere I turn the press and critics are talking about how the culture of big banking in the UK is broken.  They blame the culture on all sorts of ills, from greed to lack of respect for diversity to the … Continue reading

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