A mark on solitude.

I stand on the brink…..   The rest of the sentence does not matter. What matters is where I am. What am I? This year marks a very weird year. And we all have something to learn. (Yes, we are only halfway there.) Be pro-active, everyone says. Unfortunately, it’s harder done than said. What is…

Book review : L’Appartement témoin

Imaginons un homme. Imaginons un fantôme. Imaginons un esprit. Les rêves sont réelles. C’est ce que l’on nous dits, enfants. Mais est-ce vraiment le cas? J’ai lu L’Appartement Témoin, ce premier livre signé Tatiana de Rosnay. Publié en 1992, cela raconte l’histoire d’un homme, divorcé, perdu, et nouvellement emménagé dans son propre appartement. Le rêve?…

“Brexit Past the Deadline”, Get Ready for Level 2

🎶 🎶”But it’s ruining the news every single night.”🎶 🎶 It is. It really really is. It has. It really really has. And now an Irish band turned it into a song. (See below for their “published-on-Youtube” video) Because really, how else do you want to express every emotion known to humankind about Brexit?  Yes,…

Book review : The Bastard of Istanbul

8 March is International Women’s Day. While Elif Shafak’s The Bastard of Istanbul focuses on the genocide of 1915 and the cultural psychology behind remembrance, it is, first and foremost, a testament to women, their challenges and their push forward.

To the Elderly: WE will NOT toast to you.

Here’s the thing: there will always be an older generation to scold us, a younger generation to look up to us in awe and shock. But, even to the most moderate or conservative of us: don’t you think enough is enough?

The thing about Ethics…

A friend once described a social media action by a government as unethical. It had been to show mutual support in the commemoration of a shared grief. It made us think. Why would we call it “unethical” We thought harder: what is the real nature of bilateral relations? More to the point, when do they…

Say “NO”: It’s not only personal, it’s IR.

“No means no”. You hear it all the time: in the streets, consent, women’s rights, #MeToo, food, family and friends asking you if you need anything… But “no means no” is in politics too. Foreign policy especially. How does it work exactly? Very much like a relationship, which is exactly why we don’t want you…

This is not a social media guide…

Remember our piece on the infamous “car scans”? Well, we recently were in contact with that same individual and let’s just say that they have NOT got over neither the professionalism displayed nor the logic behind our analysis. Deal with the pressure. Deal with the bad vibes as they say. All in all, the inspiration…

“Coeurdonnier” Music for Thought

Soprano – Coeurdonnier  – Le clip/tube de l’été – An upbeat, slow, piece of French music I don’t often listen to rap because it sounds violent most of the time – either with curse words or just the sheer force of the voice. There are breakthroughs though, either mainstream or pure independent. Yes, if you…