I’m writing this from the Hay-On-Wye book festival, where the rain is coming down piteously, maintaining a steady rhumba on the roofs of the marquees. There are actually two festivals here – the main one, sponsored by the Telegraph, which is rather blue-rinse; and How The Light Gets In, which is a philosophy festival. The Read more…

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The Roman philosopher Epictetus declared we should “enjoy the great festival of life”, and that’s exactly the direction philosophy is moving these days: back to its roots in outdoor events, street performance, multi-media mash-ups and, yes, festivals. The best known philosophy festival in the UK is How The Light Gets In, run by the Institute Read more…

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I walked the Camino de Santiago in May and June. I’ve been meaning to write something longer, but in the meantime, here is a short piece I did for Psychologies: This summer, I walked the Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St James, which is a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in the north Read more…

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I’m in Faro tonight, on the south coast of Portugal, staying the night in a hotel on the harbour, after a great wedding of my friend Mike and his bride Anna. It was in a town called Serpa, about two hours north from the coast, where Anna grew up. It’s a fairly small town, only Read more…

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Am on the road again. This time in Kiev, city of green avenues and golden domes. I’m here writing a business supplement on Ukraine – my other job, besides writing about psychology etc, is writing about emerging markets, particularly in the former Soviet Union. Going on a business trip brings home one of the paradoxes Read more…

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