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In Search of Lost Places

In Search of Lost Places

It’s just after half past eight on a chilly autumn morning and I’m standing on the train platform. Alongside me are four students and one village elder – I’m the only commuter, bound for London. To Paddington, and as I meet my colleague from finnCap outside our office destination, I feel a sense of elation and conspiracy. …

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Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers

The extraordinary¬†Oak National Academy¬†was created by a group of teachers in response to the pandemic. What does an Oak National University look like? That’s the sort of exam question we should be asking this year. With a national spotlight on education, too much of the conversation has been about adjusting what is, rather than imagining …

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Other People

Other People

To quote an old proverb, “one man’s meat is another man’s poison”. Or, as they say in France, “one man’s fish is another man’s poisson.” For men and women everywhere, it’s a reminder that what might be heaven for you, is hell for someone else. I’m not sure whether Jean-Paul Sartre was into his fish, …

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Going Slow

Going Slow

“There is more to life than increasing its speed”, said Gandhi. It could have been different. Offices, pubs, restaurants closed. No commuting. A chance to unwind, chill out, reflect. And yet person after person I’ve spoken to has revealed that lockdown has been full on. Back-to-back calls. Fighting for survival or bracing through hypergrowth. The …

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Self-Driving

Self-Driving

I had a recurring dream when I was young. I was in the back seat of a car, going downhill, out of control, unable to stop. Sitting in a school hall one day, I finally decoded and banished my downhill dream. Despite the uniform, despite sitting and listening, despite being told to be quiet, I …

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