Brexit Musings (8): Ain’t Britain Got Culture, No More?

Culture

Riches And Stitches in the EU It’s quite interesting to see how different European countries tackle the outcome of a general election that didn’t quite go to plan. It seems that, nowadays, the electorate want a little bit of this, and a little bit of that, and end up getting nothing. Dutch politicians rhymed their way […]

Brexit Musings (7) : Sparks and Larks in the City of Westminster

fireworks

When I was a child, I used to cry my eyes out on Bonfire night. I was terrified of fireworks and had to stay inside and watch behind the safety of a closed window. For those of you who may not be familiar with this, Bonfire night or Guy Fawkes night, is celebrated in the […]

Lost For Words – The Importance Of Learning A Foreign Language

foreign anguage

I usually relate quite strongly to the opinion articles written in the Guardian. Most of them have a sort of utopic-leftish tinge that refreshes me with romanticism and idealism, so out-of-place in today’s world. The article inspiring this post, however, is filled with short-sightedness, misconceptions, and even borders on contempt towards others. The author, who […]

Pour L’Amour De La Nation (For The Love Of The Nation)

patriotism

Individualism, patriotism, nationalism?…A spectre of human interpretations of the world around us – each one a potential danger. Maybe I have no sense of patriotism due to my upbringing – loving two cultures and living in a third. However, more importantly, the world I live in is my representation and no-one else’s. For Donald Trump, […]

Quand “J’aime” Peut Tuer: Le Coté Sombre Du Web

Parfois, un acte isolé de violence vous remplit avec tant de dégoût et de haine pour les malfaiteurs, que vous ne pouvez vous empêcher de crier votre colère au monde entier. Tout à fait par hasard, j’ai lu le fait divers décrit dans cet article, sur le site d’informations NOS de la télévision néerlandaise. L’acte […]

When “Likes” Can Kill: The Darkest Side Of the Web

Sometimes by pure accident you read about an act of violence in the news, that fills you with such disgust and hate for the perpetrators that you just feel like shouting your anger to the world. Today, quite by chance, I came across this news story from the Dutch television news website. The act of […]

Pokemon Go…Going…Gone – Cyberspace And The Human Brain

Books will soon be obsolete in schools. Scholars will soon be instructed through the eye. It is possible to teach every branch of human knowledge with the motion picture. Our school system will be completely changed in ten years.  – Thomas Edison – 1913 You’ve got to give Thomas Edison credit for his vision. Of […]

Claude Lévi-Strauss – Father Christmas Burned as a Heretic

    On December 24th 1951, a group of Catholic clergymen hanged and set on fire a Father Christmas effigy in front of at least 250 children in Dijon, France. Following the incident, the late French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss wrote an article entitled “Le Père Noël supplicié” (“The tortured Father Christmas”) in the literary journal […]

René Descartes And The Internet – “I Tweet, Therefore I Am.”

It’s that time of year again, where everyone reminisces over what has happened over the year gone by  and you get bombarded with reviews of this, that, and the other. Well, I’ve decided to tell you what I think the most important event of 2016 is. And…you’ve guessed it? It’s Leicester City wining the English […]

Jules Ferry: European Ideals in South Kensington

I visited London in 2012 just before the London Olympics. There was a dental meeting that interested me and I couldn’t resist the temptation to see my hometown again for the first time in more than a decade.     I was educated at the French school in South Kensington. The Lycée Français de Londres […]