Sir Nicholas Winton: saviour, people smuggler, hero?

The sad news of the death of a great and humble man came out overnight: “Sir Nicholas Winton, who organised the rescue of 669 children destined for Nazi concentration camps, has died aged 106. Sir Nicholas, then a stockbroker, arranged for trains to carry Jewish children out of occupied Prague. Via BBC He, like others during the 1930s and World War Two period, took action … Continue reading Sir Nicholas Winton: saviour, people smuggler, hero?

Remembrance Day 2012

“Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori” These words from Horace have survived since ancient times. Yet more often nowadays we read it in other contexts like: Ezra Pound: “some in fear, learning love of slaughter; Died some “pro patria, non dulce non et decor.” or Wilfred Owen’s excoriating Dulce et decorum est: “If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood Come gargling from … Continue reading Remembrance Day 2012

ANZAC 2012

I don’t think that many romanticise war too much these days. And there is something very poignant and compelling about seeing the fruits of war. In northern France and Belgium the unimaginable scale of loss wrought upon so many families in the great wars of the twentieth century is still visible at every step. It was in north eastern France that I found some family … Continue reading ANZAC 2012

Theme for 2012: Compassion, composure, and flow

Each year, instead of making new year resolutions, I pick a theme for the year. That way when I get sidetracked (as often happens) I can simply return to the theme. Also with a theme there are often many different things I can do to support it. This year my theme is: compassion, composure, and flow. This theme came to me as a I wrote … Continue reading Theme for 2012: Compassion, composure, and flow

Robert Kiyosaki drops in to visit @ValerieKhoo & shares some insights

It always delights me when friends get to meet interesting people. Thus I was pleased to see that Valerie Khoo, founder of the Sydney Writers’ Centre, recently had a visit from Robert Kiyosaki. It is worth watching the entire video as Kiyosaki shares his thoughts on business, the economy, and some possible responses (and he does talk about his new book, Midas Touch: Why Some … Continue reading Robert Kiyosaki drops in to visit @ValerieKhoo & shares some insights

My Geek Origin story, what’s your story?

This post was inspired by Michael Kordahi, well known to many as @delic8genius, who put out a call encouraging to geeks to share their geek origin stories. My geek origin is shrouded in the mists of time.  It was so long ago that there is no only one photographic record [update: which is now in the hands of Michael Kordahi, heaven help me].  But there was … Continue reading My Geek Origin story, what’s your story?