Author: timfnash

Belitung Wreck

Belitung Wreck

At the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore there is a permanent exhibition of the cargo recovered in 1998 from a Persian ship that was wrecked around AD830 in the Java sea on its way back from China. It gives a fascinating insight into how little has changed in 1100 years. The main cargo was 60,000…

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Easter Homily of John Golden-Mouth

Easter Homily of John Golden-Mouth

Are there any who are devout lovers of God? Let them enjoy this beautiful bright festival!Are there any who are grateful servants? Let them rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord!Are there any weary with fasting? Let them now receive their wages! If any have toiled from the first hour, let them receive…

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The value of fakery

The value of fakery

China is often (fairly) criticised for being rife with piracy and fakes. What is seldom discussed is why China is so ‘successful’ at faking it and why Chinese people have seemed less concerned about whether or not something is ‘genuine.’ Is there a virtue of which this vice is a corruption? The early use of…

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Two Misconceptions about EdTech

Two Misconceptions about EdTech

EdTech polarises conversations between people who love the idea and people that hate it. The trouble is, a polarised conversation is no conversation at all. With the hope of de-polarising the conversation and opening up a productive dialogue again on a topic that won’t be going away any time soon, I suggest there are two…

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How to foster entrepreneurship in a medium sized company

How to foster entrepreneurship in a medium sized company

Qu: How do we foster entrepreneurship and continue to innovate? Ans: By extending “Good to Great” thinking, viz: Jim Collins argues that to go from “Good to Great” a company needs a “Hedgehog Concept” which defines just 3 core values that drive the company’s ‘Economic Engine’ (or – more broadly – its ability to be great at…

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Factfulness

Factfulness

Irrespective of our level of education or area of expertise, our understanding of the world is almost universally 40 years out of date about most things – such as the proportion of people living on each continent, or in extreme poverty; the percentage of 1 year olds who have been vaccinated, or of girls that…

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Selective History

Selective History

I just received this in an email with batch of other Churchill quotes.  I do enjoy a chunk of good thought-provoking quotes. But, as always with Churchill quotes, mixed in with the gold is a large dose of made-up stuff as Brits with a prejudice try to commandeer the “Greatest Ever Briton” to defend their…

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Violence and Desire

Violence and Desire

Even in parts of the world where we live in unprecedentedly peaceful times, there is a revival in the popularity of gladiatorial sports (like boxing and MMA) ; a ubiquitous thread of “justified” violence in hit TV and film dramas – especially those produced in America; and a sense of frustration, resentment and fear bubbling…

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Value

Value

The value of things depends not on the things themselves but on whether or not people value them. Lobster (like oysters, foie gras, polenta and sushi) used to be food for peasants and prisoners – actually, lobster was used as fertiliser and fish bait. It was enterprising 19th century American railway operators passing it off…

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It’s not about the money

It’s not about the money

Rick Warren is a humbling example of a faithful follower of Christ and so much of what he writes is a great inspiration and a help to millions.  But I fear this particular commentary from Pastor Rick … You Were Created to Be Productive …is likely to engender pride in those who work in profit-driven…

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