Have headphones blurred the line between immersion and disconnection?

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Last month, I signed up to run a half marathon. Having never run a proper race before, I started to imagine what the atmosphere on race day would be like. One of the things that puzzled me was whether I should wear my headphones or not while running. I’m used…

‘Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has had an idea’ Nolan Bushnell

I started writing a newsletter during the lockdown in France. Immediately, I had to find an answer to a tough question — what should I write about? It was particularly tough because I felt like people wouldn’t be…

© Tim O’Brien

As I was reading Camus’ Caligula, though I struggled to understand the main protagonist’s nature, I couldn’t help being reminded of Trump. He shares the mysterious and surly trait of the emperor’s temperament. With regards to truth, Caligula states that “Everything around me is lies, and I, I want to…

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Boris Johnson speaking at the 2019 United Nations General Assembly

The United Nations General Assembly high-level week is a very unique moment in world politics. For a few days, heads of state and/or government, ministers and ambassadors unite in New…

The Judgement of Paris

To commemorate the two-hundredth anniversary of the U.S Independence, in 1976, a British wine-seller organised a wine tasting between French and American wines. The test would compare White Bourgogne and Red Bordeaux to Californian Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons. …

Though the Coronavirus crisis is unquestionably tragic, as far as startup creation goes it’s pretty valuable.

7 Questions To … Mathias Pastor, Director @The Family

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What’s The Family?

The Family is a long term minority & strategic shareholder for lots of different ambitious European businesses. So our core focus is on helping startups & founders to grow. …

“Mont Ventoux is a special mountain” Alberto Contador

685 years ago, the Mont Ventoux witnessed “one of the great moments that oscillate indecisively between the epochs” as Italian Philosopher Petrarch ascended the Mountain in what appears to be the first known account of someone climbing a mountain solely for pleasure…

“Chess is life in miniature.”

Like a lot of kids, one of my first extracurricular activities was the school’s chess club. I have few memories from that time, only that of losing at a tournament and claiming that I had mistaken a piece’s position on the board. A few years…

“Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest” Haruki Murakami

While there are many benefits to remote work, a clear downside is that you can quickly become sedentary if you’re not cautious. To prevent my daily activity from…

NGOs across India are empowering sex workers towards a life of freedom.

Two months ago, a colleague and I were given the opportunity to visit Sahaara Charitable Society to talk to their CEO and employees and visit their educational and all-in-one centers (education, nutrition, healthcare, counseling) in Navi Mumbai’s Red-Light…

Simon Pastor

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