Smartphones: An Appeal

Smartphones: An Appeal

Look up, you might see something you like.Aton mebel I don’t want to give the impression that I am an older gentleman with a penchant for putting down the youth of today. For a start, I am the youth of today (technically). But I am angry, and I’m not the only one: why is it that everybody has their heads buried into their phones? I was recently at a gig in Glasgow with family and friends. During the performance I began to feel a bit — Read more →

Communication

Communication

Sorry, could you say that again? We’ve all been there: you vacantly enter into a conversation with someone you don’t know all that well and instead of listening to what they are actually saying your mind drifts to the silence that will follow their point; a silence you are going to have to fill with an interesting retort. But because you have neglected the central principle of conversation (listening) you have no idea what the person has just said. So you simply nod in compliance, — Read more →

Sleep & Bedtime Rituals

Sleep & Bedtime Rituals

‘It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.’ John Steinbeck (Read more)   Lying awake at night, even though you have somewhere to be the next day is a horrible feeling. Counting sheep doesn’t really have any effect when you are too busy counting all the tasks you have to complete the next day, and the amount, or rather lack, of sleep you’re going to complete them on. — Read more →

20 Tasty and Healthy Lunch Ideas

20 Tasty and Healthy Lunch Ideas

Bored of your usual lunch? Here’s some inspiration from around the web to mix up your routine:     Spinach and Sweet Potato Tortilla Recipe here Falafels with houmous & tabbouleh    Recipe here Risotto-Stuffed Tomatoes Recipe here Winter Leaf Salad Recipe here Scandi Salmon Salad Recipe here Sweet Potato/ chickpea/ greens Salad Bowl Recipe here Vietnamese Sandwich Recipe here Feta Chicken Salad Recipe here Curried Chicken Salad with Apples and Raisins Recipe here Broccoli, Ham & Pasta Salad Recipe here Italian Vegetable Hoagies Recipe — Read more →

Coffee?

Coffee?

The Cases for and against Coffee Smelling the warm, spicy scent, scooping the coffee into the machine, hearing the click of the kettle, pouring in your milk and a spoonful of sugar. Then holding the warm cup in your hands, and sipping as your eyes become a little less bleary. This ritual is familiar to a huge number of us. According to the British Coffee Association, coffee is the most popular drink worldwide: in the UK we drink approximately 70 million cups of coffee per — Read more →

Pathway to Happiness

Pathway to Happiness

As a tutor, you are probably in the position where you are expected to have all the answers to questions like how can I be happy? (that is how it was when I was in school!) The most annoying thing has got to be students thinking you can wave a magic wand and sort it out.Безопасные SEO эксперименты We all know that life is not this kind; we cannot just snap our fingers and get what we want instantly. However, what if we can find — Read more →

Who is Epicurus?

Who is Epicurus?

‘Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.‘ ‘It is better for you to be free of fear lying upon a pallet, than to have a golden couch and a rich table and be full of trouble.‘ ‘Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.‘ (Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/e/epicurus.html)  

Enduring Wisdom from Classic Children’s Books

Enduring Wisdom from Classic Children’s Books

More… Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll “It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”  Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” Comet in Moominland by Tove Jansson, “You must go on a long journey before you can really find out how — Read more →

Who is Antisthenes?

Who is Antisthenes?

‘Not to unlearn what you have learned is the most necessary kind of learning.’ ‘There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself – an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly.’ ‘The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.’ (Read more)  

Materialism

Materialism

Materialism: pursuing the unattainable For most people there is one day which takes precedence in the month: pay day. It’s a day that instils an undeniable sense of security: security in your decision that those new shoes really are a sensible purchase; security that going out for a very expensive dinner and multiple drinks is a good idea; security that your monthly direct debits will be safely paid; the list goes on. It’s culturally ingrained that if we actively engage in our capitalistically centred society — Read more →