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Monthly Archives: June 2013
David Cameron’s ‘Bible’ Speech. David Cameron recently made a speech in which he recognised the contribution to Britain’s culture and heritage made by the King James Bible and called for a return to ‘biblical values’. If one starts from scratch … Continue reading
Omar Khayyam.When I was about thirteen I pulled a tall book with a faded blue-cloth spine, out of my mother’s bookcase and opened it into another world. It was titled The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. The text was originally written … Continue reading
Sapience is defined in the Wikipedia as ‘wisdom, or the ability of an organism or entity to act with appropriate judgment’. ‘In fantasy fiction and science fiction, sapience describes an essential property that bestows “personhood” onto a non-human. It indicates … Continue reading
“Swimming with a Dolphin is a Life-altering Experience.” A few years ago I regularly gave talks to Rotary, Probus and similar clubs about my varied life to date and the philosophic ideas that had come from this. The title of … Continue reading
Author Michael Tod looking for elephants during a research safari in Botswana. (He’s behind you!)
Elephants’ Graveyards. Fact or Fiction? The fable of elephants’ graveyards is long established in European and Middle-eastern storytelling. It was probably most popular when elephants were still portrayed as dangerous beasts that should be killed on sight and, as a … Continue reading