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Hot Air: An Allegorical Tale

HOT AIR: AN ALLEGORICAL TALE Once upon a time, people dreamed of being able to fly. This dream lead to two kinds of flying machine being built. One type of ‘flying machine’ was the ornithopter. I put the term flying … Continue reading

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What Flexibility In Gig Work?

Labour’s shadow chancellor, John McDonald, once claimed that workers’ rights are now in the kind of precarious situation that has not been seen since the 1930s. Specifically, the shadow chancellor highlighted the gig economy and zero-hours contracts. He likened them … Continue reading

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IN PRAISE OF LAZINESS (PART TWO)

IN PRAISE OF LAZINESS (PART TWO) Welcome to the second part of my essay on the virtues of being lazy. I think that, when you look at the contrast between work we evolved to do and how work is often … Continue reading

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In Praise Of Laziness

IN PRAISE OF LAZINESS What is the greatest human trait? Judging by the way it gets praised so often, one might assume that to be a ‘hard worker’ would be an obvious candidate. By general agreement, it is those who … Continue reading

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TULIPMANIA!

TULIPMANIA! If you are interested in cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, chances are that you have heard some skeptic make a comparison with ‘tulips’. Why would blockchain-based assets be compared with that particular flower? Well, it is all to do with … Continue reading

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Philanthropy: Praiseworthy Or Propaganda?

PHILANTHROPY: PRAISEWORTHY OR PROPAGANDA? CHAPTER ONE How will Bill Gates be remembered? If this question had been asked in the 90s, I suspect most people would say the answer is obvious. He would be remembered as the co-founder of Microsoft, … Continue reading

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Rewarding Work In ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’

REWARDING WORK IN ‘RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2’ In this essay I thought I would write about the ways in which Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 incorporates the elements work needs in order to be rewarding into its gameplay. First, though, … Continue reading

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