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How James Bond ruined the world

James Bond films have a formula. Bond must save the world from an evil villain. And along the way, use some cool gadgets, sleep with a beautiful woman, and drink a vodka martini. But where does the bad guy come from?  How did he become the baddie?  The 2-dimensional...

This is your life story

I’m going to be rather presumptuous and guess that this sums up your life story so far: Once upon a time, in Ancient China, there was a stonecutter. All day he worked really hard, under the hot sun. One day, he was walking home from work, when he looked through the...

Trying to make people happy makes you miserable

Image from The People-Pleaser’s Guide to Pleasing People. As I have become more self-aware, I have realised that there is a part of me that is trying to make everyone else happy, all time, often at the expense of what I want or how I feel. I call this part of me the...

I was mugged at knife point

At 10pm on a Friday night, I was cycling through Hackney Downs on my way home. Three guys were sitting on a bench facing the path and one had his lower face covered. It made me feel nervous, but I kept going. One of them stood in my path and shouted ‘Oi!’ I swerved...

Why I love Donald Trump

Hating Donald Trump seems to be fairly universal in my social circles. I’ve even heard people say they wish he were dead. Obviously, millions of Americans voted for him, and many people in this country like him as well, but not in my social network. So it feels...
My 10 upsides of lockdown

My 10 upsides of lockdown

‘There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.’ – Hamlet Lockdown has been the most challenging time my family have ever gone through. It triggered a severe mental health issue with my mum which still hasn’t been fully understood, and it has been and...

The most important question facing humanity

“I think the most important question facing humanity is, ‘Is the universe a friendly place?’ This is the first and most basic question all people must answer for themselves.” Albert Einstein Photo by Greg Rakozy on Unsplash When I was at university, I read a book...

How to stay calm and positive in a crisis

One of the teachings that stuck with me from the last retreat I went on was that 90% of our suffering is only in our minds. This is a great time to test that theory. Right now, as you read this, are you safe? Are you in physical pain? Do you have enough food and...

Where to find happiness

Every one of us is going through life trying to answer the same question: what will make me happy? And looking around me, it seems to be a question that a lot of people struggle with. We hope to find satisfaction in work, but it’s making us feel stressed,...