I just got back from Wellington College, the boarding school in Berkshire which has been a pioneer in teaching well-being. I was invited to give a ‘fireside chat’ to some of its pupils by the headmaster Anthony Seldon. Seldon is a remarkable person – besides being a successful boarding school headmaster, he’s also very spiritual, Read more…

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[This is a piece I wrote four years ago when I lived in Moscow, for a Russian think-tank called Eurasian Home. I had a wonderful editor there, Tanya, who was very tolerant as my subject matters veered ever further away from Russian politics and towards philosophy and well-being. Thanks for being such a great editor, Read more…

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Why do we spend so much time on the Internet, blogging, Facebooking, building things together, playing games together, giving billions of hours of our time and labour for no obvious financial reward? It’s a question I, as a compulsive blogger, have often asked myself. As have my parents. And my bank manager. Three wonderful books Read more…

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OK, that’s it, Christmas is over, time to cut down on the amount of alcohol I drink. I’ve kicked smoking this year, but drinking is trickier. I’d rather not give it up entirely, but how can I go about reducing my alcohol intake by, say, 50%? First off, I need to find a way of Read more…

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So I saw Alasdair MacIntyre speak last night at the London Metropolitan University in the Islamic Republic of Tower Hamlets (they recently elected a radical Muslim as mayor there). He spoke, appropriately enough, of the need for greater censorship in our amoral liberal society. MacIntyre is, briefly, perhaps the strongest critic of liberalism today, which Read more…

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