On Twainisms

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Mark Twain’s wit and wisdom are still very much with us more than one hundred years after his passing in 1910 (perfectly timed with Halley’s Comet, which also happened to coincide with his birth in 1835). A man who wore many hats, Twain was considered the greatest American humorists of his age. Sometimes referred to…

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More Metaphors Please

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The Obituaries page of The New York Times is a rich source of inspiration for the stories of people who have made a difference. Last Thursday’s page recorded the life of John Henry Holland who died age 86 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he spent his entire career at the University of Michigan where he was a professor of…

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Mysterious Dreams

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We spend around one third of our lives sleeping. Among other things, sleep gives us a chance to have dreams, apparently around four of them each night. We forget most of them upon waking. Through dreams, our brains process all the information, memories and unconscious cues we pick up during the day. Sometimes they get…

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Stroke of Genius

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The origin of ‘genius’ is Latin, ‘attendant spirit present from one’s birth, innate ability or inclination’. It implies natural ability, though the jury is still out – many would argue that genius exists in all of us. In Malcolm Gladwell’s book ‘Outliers’ he suggests that it takes 10 years or 10,000 hours of dedicated practice for people…

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Wise Words

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We can’t win this World Cup by having something ordinary – we have to bring something extraordinary. All Blacks Head Coach, Steve Hansen. KR

Dinner for One

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Cooking for one doesn’t have to mean eggs on toast. Nor does it have to mean cooking something and eating it for five days straight. Nor does it have to mean the old ‘what am I going to have for dinner tonight’ chestnut, whiling away precious minutes of the day, trawling the aisles of the…

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Think Broader, Closer, Younger

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Tony Fadell is known as the mercurial “godfather” of the iPod and described as a born tinkerer with a combative reputation. His passion for life and design is contagious. In a recent TED Talk he spoke about the little things humans notice at first and perhaps become slightly perturbed by, and then invariably stop noticing…

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