Every Age With a Famous Writer

I love this beautifully produced book: 100 Years by Joshua Prager. Every age from 0 to 100 years is featured with a quote from a famous writer. Here’s a selection.

14 Even though I’m only fourteen, I know what I want, I know who’s right and who’s wrong, I have my own opinions, ideas, and principles… (Anne Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank)

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How To Have a Coup In a Democracy (2 mins)

I had great fun reading a 1982 novel called A Very British Coup by a former UK politician Chris Mullin. It charts the stunning rise (and fall) of Harry Perkins, a left-wing anti-establishment leader of the Labour Party. It may not be the most well-written book and some bits are dated, but its plot seems remarkably prescient in a world where the UK’s Labour Party has Jeremy Corbyn as its leader and the US is led by Donald Trump.

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Recovering the Lost Art Of Chivalry (3 min read)

noun  /ˈʃɪv.əl.ri/  1) very polite, honest, and kind behaviour, especially by men towards women 2) the system of behaviour followed by knights in the medieval period of history, that put a high value on honour, kindness, and courage

Chivalry sounds so old-fashioned, but if any tradition needs to be revived perhaps it should be this one. What sparked my interest is a 10th-century book I stumbled across called “The Way Of Chivalry”.

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My Favourite Books/Movies/Music/Apps Of 2016, What’s Yours?

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It’s that time of the year. I’ve collated my list for each category (plus podcasts). There’s been some great stuff out this year, and I’m sure I’ve missed much, so let me know what you liked!

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My Reading List For Success At Work (Part 2)

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Last week I provided my reading list for developing the right character for work that I give to new members of my team. This week, I’ll give my reading list for the knowledge base they need to have in the financial industry. Some of the books are easy to read cover to cover whichever industry you are in, others are worth dipping into and out of, while some are very technical. If I’ve missed any good books let me know: Continue reading “My Reading List For Success At Work (Part 2)”

My Reading List For Success At Work (Part 1)

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I often get asked what the best books are to help one at work. As it turns out, I give reading lists to whoever works for me. One list is focused on developing good character and “soft skills” and is relevant for whichever line of work you are in. The other list is on more technical knowledge related to the finance industry. Below is the first list, I’ll post the second one next week: Continue reading “My Reading List For Success At Work (Part 1)”

My 9 Best Books For the Summer

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With school holidays upon us, August nearing and hints of the sun, it’s time to think of what to read on holiday. I’ve read a ton of books this year, and here’s 9 that I’d recommend for a summer holiday:

  1. Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking) by Christian Rudde. The writer has a treasure trove of data from his dating website, OKCupid. He uses it to draw out what we’re really like, especially looking at the gap between what we say and what we do. One observation from the book I have to share: a 20-yr old woman tends to find 23-yr old men look the best to them, a 30-yr woman finds 30-yr men look best, a 40-yr old woman finds 40-yr old men look best and a 50-yr old woman finds most 46-yr old men look best So women find men their own age look the best. How about men? Well, a 20-yr old man tends to find 20-yr old women look best to him, a 30-yr old man finds…20-yr old women look best, a 40-yr man finds…um…21-yr old women look best and a 50-yr man finds…yes, you guessed it…22-yr old women look best. A fun, revealing and surprisingly deep book.

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From Greek Drama To Shakespearean Tragedy (5 min read)

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Shakespeare. You cannot get more British than that. His works are taught in schools across the country, revered by the guardians of British culture and promoted as the quintessential British cultural icon abroad. With the UK’s referendum to leave the European Union, it may be time to fall back on such an icon to help forge a new path for Britishness. Continue reading “From Greek Drama To Shakespearean Tragedy (5 min read)”

Has Democracy Failed? (3 min read)

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After last week’s UK referendum result to exit the European Union (EU), I wonder whether democracy has its limitations. At the very basic level, one would hope that voters are knowledgeable over the issue at hand, and that each political group vying for votes will be held accountable for their promises.

Yet, with the prospect of Brexit now on the horizon, I’ve been looking into the mechanics and consequences of exit and its mind-bogglingly complex. Continue reading “Has Democracy Failed? (3 min read)”