I often find that planes and airports can be interesting places. I've long felt that I do some of my best writing while flying. Being removed from my everyday life, having the time to think and being faced with so many people from all over the world put me in a reflective mood. But apart... Continue Reading →
J’avais un rêve interessant hier soir. J’étais avec ma famille dans notre maison en France. C’était la maison que nous avions jusqu’a 2013, quand mes parents l’ont vendu. La maison c’était la plupart le même que je me souviens, mais dehors, le village avait l’air un peu différent. Les rues étaient plus larges et il... Continue Reading →
Suddenly I was thinking about themes and symbols and social commentary, the kind of stuff academics and film critics get all horny about. I felt this was probably not the proper spirit in which to watch Family Guy but once you become used to analysing everything you can't really turn it off.
The closing off of public events has so far not been implemented in the UK, where the public has been panic-buying toilet paper and canned salmon yet is easy going about conglomerating by the thousands in closed venues.
Stakeholders and CEOs warn that benefits to the environment could severely damage quarterly profits Life forms around the world have expressed relief at the recent grounding of hundreds of international flights due to coronavirus. A statement from the International Committee of Non-Human Life Forms (ICNHLF), released Wednesday, said: “while we express our sympathies to the... Continue Reading →
This episode explores, with startling pertinence, the consumerism that drives our cherished national holidays, the seductive power of populism and the dangers of seeking quick fixes to big problems
You know those people you get in hostels who are by themselves and yet seem to be at the centre of everything? This guy seemed like that, firing off jokes to people who walked by or other people sitting around us, chatting amicably to the staff. Despite his age, he seemed to be in his element. He turned back to me and said, “well, are you gonna come and tell me about yourself or what?”
The other day, my friend invited me to talk on Student Radio Maastricht, the radio show he works on. The topic of the evening's discussion would be stories - what they are, how they've evolved, why they matter to us. I thought it was a great topic; I’ve always loved stories. When I was a... Continue Reading →
When I first started dish-washing at age 21 to fund my studies, I winced at the thought of coming into contact with all that half-chewed food, spilt mayonnaise and ashtray contents (it’s not just cigarette butts people put in there, let me tell you that). Then there were the obvious indignities of having a perpetually... Continue Reading →
I was flying home for Christmas. It was icy and windy in Leeds and the plane was getting thrown about so much that at one point we seemed to be approaching the runway side-on
Patrick Magee takes the floor looking more suited to lecturing on philosophy or English than blowing up buildings. Dressed in a dark brown blazer, black pants, a light grey shirt unbuttoned at the top and thin-rimmed spectacles, and walking with the help of a cane, Magee is in Maastricht to give a talk as part... Continue Reading →
Call me cynical, but I’m convinced that the people who work on trains and buses derive some sick pleasure from making people wait to board. I don’t know how many times I’ve stood on a platform with thirty other commuters, all of us glaring at a man in a reflective vest clutching a clipboard and... Continue Reading →