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If You Can’t See My Mirrors……

Early this week, on departing the M1 at junction 46*** I was close enough to the cargo lorry in front to read it’s warning of ‘If you can’t see my mirrors I can’t see you‘. A message I felt moved to idiosyncratically add as a mission statement on my Facebook profile. Doing so in the full knowledge of how vague/stupid/baffling/irrelevant (delete where applicable****) the mantra was. *** – Junction 46 […]

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Philosophically Speaking

Respected French philosopher Aidan Le Torche said of the weather “If it’s cold wear a coat….. If it’s warm don’t wear a coat….. If it’s mild wear a fleece, but not the grey one as it needs a wash.” It wasn’t the most thought provoking or, indeed, inspiring piece of philosophy ever written. However, if adhered to in other aspects of life perhaps it’s importance takes on further relevance. By that, I’m alluding […]

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Smarter Than The Average Berra

Precipitation engulfed east Leeds yesterday. A sign of the changeable climate in the UK was summed up perfectly by a glance outside at my barbeque. The previous day it was a cooking grill, yesterday was it was a soaking wet metal garden ornament standing forlornly in the corner of the patio. When I’m on hold awaiting the Samaritans answering my call, I occasionally read philosophical sayings online. I find it useful to learn the erudite musings of the intelligentsia as backup for the rare times I […]

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Finally Facing Your Waterloo

Yesterday, I was asked by someone what my favourite lessons were at school. As they concluding over thirty years ago, I don’t recollect much about my schooldays. That being said, I was just about able to recall History, PE and English as my most favoured classes. I was an average student, but probably could have done better academically if I’d found the topics in the syllabus more fulfilling. Not to mention if I’d shown more application when studying. I passed my […]

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French Fleece Philosophy

Respected French philosopher Aidan Le Torche said of the weather “If it’s cold wear a coat. If it’s warm don’t wear a coat. If it’s mild wear a fleece, but not the grey one as it needs a wash.” It wasn’t the most thought provoking or inspiring piece of philosophy ever written. However, if employed in other aspects of life perhaps its importance takes on further relevance. By that, I’m […]

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Philosophy & Poetry’s Ancient Quarrel

Greek philosopher Plato is accredited with proffering that “No human thing is of serious importance” I’d like to think he opined this moments before a tantrum at a Athenian waiter, the consequence of his halibut béarnaise had been delivered slightly undercooked. I picture a very public tirade in the renowned Uncle Terry’s bistro, situated over the road from the Acropolis souvenir shop. Realistically, though, it is unlikely the pivotal figure in […]

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Out of Chaos, Comes Order

In the late 19th century, German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche proffered “To live is to suffer. To survive is to find some meaning in the suffering” The Prussian born writer who stood at 5’8 was credited as a major influence in modern Western philosophy. His intellect mooted to be so vast that, even without having to reference a dictionary, he knew the meaning of the word aphorism. If you wonder why I entered his height, bear […]

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