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Archive for April, 2012


If enough people repeat an opinion often enough, it mutates into a credible theory. If enough people continue to endorse the theory, it becomes an axiom. And so, our brains go lazy and dull and we cease to question the assumptions and logic behind it.

We have an ageing population. This is a problem. Everyone knows this. No need to delve deeper. But what if I were to tell you that a very simple shift in perspective can flip the issue on its head?

I was reading an article in the Telegraph yesterday. It is neither the first, nor will it be the last, of its kind. I did, however, find it a perfect encapsulation of all the facile thinking around this subject. “The problem with ageing populations is that they are expensive”, Knowles muses. By calling it the “ageing population” we dehumanise the people involved. We are no longer…

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The Reremouse

Beautiful, aren’t they?  I must admit the first time I saw a paper sky lantern I was enchanted – like ghosts lifting up, escaping the ground, I thought…  They give a sense of the most elegant ritual, turning any outdoor space into a cathedral.

Until recent years, I never gave too much of a thought to what happens when they land.  Like so many other things, its a matter of ‘out of sight, out of mind’. Particularly as many of the lanterns available now are made from bamboo and other biodegradable materials. Its easy to convince yourself that its FINE if its biodegradable – what harm can it do?

But these days, more often than not, my usual view of sky lanterns is this one.  Found at Merrions Wood (yes – INSIDE the woodland).  Never mind the choking hazard to agricultural livestock – these things sometimes come down to earth…

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