Book Review: Cicero, Buddha and The Two Doctors on Old Age


Patience! This IS a book review! Buddha walks into the wine bar, sits down in his usual corner and waits for the Two Doctors to arrive. His favourite bottle of Badoit Rouge is placed on the table with a glass and the waiter opens the bottle and pours the sparkling mineral water. Christmas is coming … Continue reading Book Review: Cicero, Buddha and The Two Doctors on Old Age

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Blogger Awards, Tags and Victor Meldrew!


I have a complete aversion, aggressive even, to Blogger Award schemes in much the same way as those chain letter scams pre internet days. Remember them? Just copy this letter you received to 10 others with your own address, include a £1 note, and within weeks you’ll receive hundreds of similar letters each containing £1! … Continue reading Blogger Awards, Tags and Victor Meldrew!

Marcus Aurelius: Learning is about experience, reflection and change!


Marcus Aurelius in his Book 1 Meditations, reflected on all of the people he learned from and what he actually learned from them. Father, mother, grandfather, great grandfather, brother ..... all are here with many values and insights listed; Here’s my chosen selection from his list: From Diognetus: to endure freedom of speech. From Apollonius: … Continue reading Marcus Aurelius: Learning is about experience, reflection and change!

Philosophy Friday: Do you appreciate what you have?


“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.” —EPICURUS, GREEK PHILOSOPHER (341–270 BC), HEDONIST Or, as my mother would say, “Don’t spend your life wishing it away”. There are aspects and concepts overlapping with many other … Continue reading Philosophy Friday: Do you appreciate what you have?

Don’t you just hate ….. the “C” word?


“What’s up Doc” said Sid (Buddha to everyone else), “you’re looking a bit grumpy, where’s Dr C” “Shopping and having a drink with a friend” “So? What’s up?” “Don’t you just hate ..... the “C’ word?” “What, cancer, Conservative, curry, .....? “Coffee!” The smell .....of roasting coffee beans .... smoke, acrid, bitterness! The menu ... … Continue reading Don’t you just hate ….. the “C” word?