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Third eye blind

In a couple of hours a nice young doctor is going blind me. She’ll be very polite about it but there will be a good few minutes — as she scrapes the skin off my eyeball — when my future is entirely in her hands. Then she’ll zap my eyes with a laser and I’ll […]

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How to see the stars

Humans are great and all but we’re total cowards when it comes to nature. It’s a miracle that we survived long enough to escape it at all. We trap the sun in a glass to ward away wolves, wrap ourselves in comforting cloth to forget the cold of the wild, and bang our drums all […]

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Beware comforting stories

When people talk about identity what they’re saying is: “This is my story.” Whether that’s where we came from, what we believe, the food we like or who we have sex with, it’s all part of our story. For many years I told myself stories like, “I’m not a morning person,” or “I’m an introvert,” […]

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Life is a tightrope

In 2011, a mother and her son walked 300ft along a wire no wider than your thumb, 121ft above the ground — with no safety net. It was an emotional moment for them both. The woman’s father, The Great Karl Wallenda, had plunged to his death from that same spot 33 years earlier. He was […]

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Only fear standing still

There’s an old Chinese proverb that says: “Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.” Often, we’re in such a hurry to get to the results that we’re disappointed when they don’t arrive immediately. We get frustrated when our social media posts go unnoticed, or we get overlooked for a raise. […]