Category Archives: belief

A shout in the street

After having temporarily dislodged my kneecap, I spent a few moments unable to think of anything else but that ice-cold, roiling ache. I barely opened my eyes as I swore continuously and rather loudly, entirely out of keeping with the … Continue reading

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Agony written by a country churchyard

In a bid to say farewell to some of the places I’ve habitually cycled through, on Friday I took a roundabout route to Leafield, a quiet, hilltop village. It was all I could do to get out of my funk, … Continue reading

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Stop fighting the mountain

Most people who know me can’t quite believe I’m into skiing. Sometimes I can’t believe it either. It’s what insurers would consider a high-risk sport—when I’m usually a very low-risk person—and involves a large amount of consumption: it’s probably (depending … Continue reading

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If I’m not a philosopher, what am I instead?

I’ve already worked out what I’m not. With that in mind, what should I do, and how can I think, and what values can I have, so as to make my life meaningful? I’ve always had the lucky knack of … Continue reading

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I am not a philosopher

At the start of 2013 I left Finnegans Wake by my bedside; miraculously (helped in no small part by its dreamy narrative) this had the desired effect: I had read it, in small late-evening chunks, by mid-April. With that success … Continue reading

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An over-examined life

… Even when I was sat there, watching that bird, I was thinking to myself: who should I tell about this? It struck me as very much like something out of a book. I don’t know if that’s piteous or … Continue reading

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Fight re the death

Reading halal and haram slaughterers argue over which of their methods is the most ethical is as edifying as watching representatives from Audi and BMW mudwrestling as a way of proving which car has the plushiest airbags.

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