Brexit Musings (22) – Hegel’s Song For Europe

Eurovision

I‘m going to try to write this post as quickly as possible, so I do apologize if my thoughts are not so ordered and logical as in my other posts (are they ordered and logical in my other posts?). The… Continue Reading

May 1968 – I Love Paris In The Springtime Let's talk about sex...we're French

Paris

It may not have escaped your notice that this month marks the 50th anniversary of the riots that took Paris by the scruff of the neck. The widespread violence, of May 1968, resulted in… well not much, apart from transforming… Continue Reading

Left In The Cold – The Freeze Response And Rape Victims

acute stress response

You are probably aware of the so-called “fight-flight response”, also known as the “acute stress response”. It is a biological reaction to a stimulus perceived as an imminent threat to survival. The response is carried out by the autonomic nervous… Continue Reading

Blue Moon Ready To Rise

city

At about twenty past six, last Sunday, a feeling of profound bliss penetrated the very heart of my soul. Something so powerful, that it made me clench my fists and cut the air with my folded arms. It was a… Continue Reading

Emmanuel Macron Cannot Change French “Strike Culture”

SNCF

There is another culture that the French are proud of, besides the “cultural exception” represented by their language, in the face of Anglo-Saxon dominance. It is the right for you to strike, regardless of whether your actions will close schools,… Continue Reading

“England…Little England” England must leave its misplaced patriotism firmly in the past

England

It was to be expected that the Daily Mail, a British institution if ever there was one, would come out with another gem. I thought that the paper had reached rock-bottom, when it described three judges who upheld the law… Continue Reading

Will Facebook Comply With European Data Regulations? Facebook loses face, We lose our photo books

Whilst some of us are busy trying to implement the new European data regulations that will come into effect on 25th May, Facebook is just as busy as we are, in clearly breaching the same regulations. Facebook’s carelessness concerning private… Continue Reading

#MeToo For Atheists

atheism

The death of Stephen Hawking was, above all, a tragic loss for his immediate family and closest friends. The world of physics, and science in general, will also be much the poorer without him. Whereas none of us, common mortals,… Continue Reading

Houellebecq’s “Submission” – A Caliphate Fantasia In Rotterdam

Rotterdam

Michel Houellebecq’s controversial novel, “Submission”, published in 2015, received a mixed reception from both the press and politicians. Not surprisingly, Marine Le Pen, leader of the right-winged “Front National”, described the work as, “fiction that one day could become reality.”  Michel Houellebecq’s… Continue Reading

Dikes, Bikes, And Perks – Holland’s Underwater Haven

Netherlands

photograph © Raimond Spekking / CC BY-SA 4.0 (via Wikimedia Commons) The latest OECD report, focussing on the work-leisure balance – so important in stopping each one of us from giving up on life – puts the Dutch at the top of… Continue Reading