People sometimes think a book will solve all their problems.Read More
I wish people would make sense when it comes to flying.
Do they not comprehend their peril?
It must be denial. Why else would humans stay calm at altitudes sure to dissolve a bald eagle?
Indeed, machine-assisted levitation is so gruesomely, horrifyingly, extravagantly unnatural that people’s nonchalance at 35,000 feet astounds me.
For example, just this week…Read More
It’s 12.25pm and I’ve given two hugs today. Three if I count my dog.
I need to give five more.
This is because hugging floods me with oxytocin.
And if I hug you — or your dog — it will boost your oxytocin too.
Your health will improve. Your mood will improve.
I know this because Dr Paul…Read More
Here’s another extract from my forthcoming book Stone Age Secrets for Mind and Body.
Why would anyone want to return to the Stone Age?
Why would any sane, electronically-enhanced, flawlessly entertained modern human think he or she could benefit from the long-buried wisdom of a long-dead people?
Here’s why: Prehistory may have been harsh…Read More
Walking’s a fine way to counter sloth and melancholy.Read More
The following is a minuscule extract from Claire Bell’s forthcoming book The Mesolithic Diet for Mind and Body.
The Stone Age was no picnic for its Mesolithic inhabitants, but picnicking for us is a marvellous way to revisit the prehistoric eating experience and to reclaim our Mesolithic mind and body.
A picnic, like walking and earthing, propels…Read More
Here’s a superb dhal with plenty of flavour, colour and personality.
2 cups dried lentils, soaked for 6-8 hours (can be soaked overnight) and drained.
1/2 Cauliflower, cut into small florets
3 medium carrots, peeled and diced
100g frozen spinach
1 onion, finely diced
3 cloves of garlic. finely diced (or 3 tsps of minced garlic)
Woody Allen said if you want to make God laugh then tell him your plans.
I told God I’m writing a self-help book and I want it to be a bestseller. He said I should be a stand-up comic instead. He could do with more laughs.
This is what I’d call an Almighty Setback.
But I’m…Read More
A year ago I wrote about boredom and how it could lead to wisdom.Read More
Stoic job seeker and glorious wordsmith Carmen Neutral wonders what her job coach (the ebullient and irrepressibly French Monsieur) has done with all her “unemployables” classmates. Something sinister she suspects.
This week, my female human condition prevented me from attending Monsieur’s unconventional mutual obligation session.
It had nothing to do with my frustrations at Monsieur’s habit of taking…Read More
I’d never heard of the Pliocene Epoch until a few days ago. Now I’m an expert.
This is because I need to prepare for new environmental conditions.
Here’s why: An observatory in Hawaii recently measured atmospheric carbon dioxide at 400 parts per million (ppm). We have to go back three million years to find…Read More
If you pat her, she cowers. Unless she knows you well.Read More
If you’re a scarf lover then you’ll appreciate this short video from Wendy Nguyen.Read More
In my newspaper last week was an excerpt from a book by a female sociopath. It was disturbing on multiple levels, especially the introductory bit that said, “Read on. You could be a sociopath too.”
Here’s a summary:
• She’s smart, beautifully dressed, charming and super manipulative.
• She’s a subtle flatterer who knows how…
You’re not alone.
I saw Star Trek: Into the Darkness last week. It was a deflating experience.
As movies go, it’s a competent celluloid distraction. I know many people appreciate its warp speed action, witty dialogue, high-tech starships, and ridiculously gorgeous cast.
And what’s wrong with that?
Here’s what’s wrong with it:
Everyone yells at each…Read More
This superb apple crumble features in my forthcoming book The (Mostly) Mesolithic Diet. It was a favourite of all discerning dire wolves, marauding mastodons and a sturdy species of opportunistic hominids.
4 large granny smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced thickly
1/2 cup sultanas
Juice of one orange
Approximately 2 tablespoons water
I cup…Read More
You’re not alone.
Claire’s new column will appear at odd and unexpected moments. (Most likely once a week or so.)
Recently a work colleague bought a house. She is so happy. She shows me pictures on her iPad. The house is nice with lots of light and space and French doors that…Read More
I read an article in The Telegraph yesterday that made The Walking Dead look like a documentary.
British parents are paying tens of thousands of dollars for their pre-schoolers to attend a 28-day digital detox program. Yes, that’s right. These toddlers have a technology habit so bad that they throw crazy…Read More
Job hunting for the over-50s.Read More
You may have noticed our obsession with airports.Read More