How to find The One according to TV

Far from having optimised our dating practices in this enlightened age, 21st century TV presents us with a number of matchmaking models designed to help us find Mr(s) Right – or Mr(s) Tonight. It’s the 21st century so I can do what the hell I want, man. Are any of these models useful, you ask? Read on. (1) Matchmaking great-grandma style: Married at First Sight … Continue reading How to find The One according to TV

Wizarding etymology 

Unlike me, Harry Potter obviously did not learn Latin at his Muggle primary school. If he had, he would have immediately known what damage the sectumsempra spell would inflict, when he used it on Draco in the Half-Blood Prince, by recognising the charm’s etymology, and could have spared himself serious trouble. Here is a fun roundup of the etymology of wizarding spells, creatures and artefacts: … Continue reading Wizarding etymology 

Good luck is just confidence

Inspired by my recent viewing of the Cursed Child, I’ve been rereading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This thought for the day about confidence (a topic dear to my heart) comes from JK’s sixth book. As a reward for outstanding Potions performance in the first lesson of term, Harry is gifted with a vial of Felix Felicis potion, also known as ‘liquid luck’. When … Continue reading Good luck is just confidence

Writing prompts from a game of consequences

Soz in advance for quality of post. I have tons of drafts but can’t seem to finish any of them. Hence this sorry attempt at something light. Literary allusion is fun. Jane Austen was catapulted into modern-day Britain with ITV’s Lost in Austen; and War and Peace’s Prince Andrej makes an appearance in Italo Calvino’s Il Barone rampante to great comic effect. Wouldn’t it be fun … Continue reading Writing prompts from a game of consequences

Logical thinking: not all plain sailing

I was thinking about what happens when trying to argue a point… You’re setting out upon an argument. Your idea is located somewhere ahead, but there is an uncertain sea between you and it that your argument needs to breach for you to be able to clasp the idea to your bosom. So you set off, armed with your trusty compass of logic. You feel … Continue reading Logical thinking: not all plain sailing

6 semi-funny philosophy quotes with pictures

Here are some mildly amusing things some philosophers said: You’re all ANIMALS the mass of mankind are evidently quite slavish in their tastes, preferring a life suitable to beasts – Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics Salespeople are PATHETIC In well-ordered States they are commonly those who are the weakest in bodily strength, and therefore of little use for any other purpose – Plato, Republic Catholics are BIGOTS … Continue reading 6 semi-funny philosophy quotes with pictures

Aristotle & The Princess Diaries

Mia Thermopolis (or, to cite her full name, Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo) is the reluctant princess and narrator of The Princess Diaries (all 11 of them), the first few of which I read as a teenager. Like any teenager, Mia had many ambitions and hopes for the future. A frequent feature on her to-do lists was the phrase ‘Achieve self-actualization’ – along with things like ‘Go … Continue reading Aristotle & The Princess Diaries

How to party like an introvert

Extroverts take their energy from bouncing off other people, whereas introverts draw strength from their inner lives: this has become commonplace, but I remember feeling profoundly understood when I first came across the idea that feeling drained by loud restaurants and busy parties wasn’t abnormal. It was an important discovery because it often feels like extroverts rule the world, and extroverted characteristics are often extolled … Continue reading How to party like an introvert