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Newsletter: 2020 February

“If you wish to improve, be content to appear clueless or stupid in extraneous matters – don’t wish to seem knowledgeable. And if some regard you as important, distrust yourself.” – Epictetus, Enchiridion, 13a, CE55-135 – If you are receiving this newsletter on the 1st of February, it is the day when the United Kingdom…
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Newsletter: 2020 January

MMXX: A new year, a new decade… We are entering a new decade, the third in this Millenium. The following events will ink history for the year and for the decade: Brexit (the new UK and a new EU?), Olympics in Tokyo (without Russia?), US presidential election (the fate of Trumpism?), NASA’s Artemis 1 mission…
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Newsletter: 2019 December

So soon, the year has flown by… Remember twelve months ago, when we wrote about Dr. Seuss’ “How did it get so late so soon?” It is that feeling again…2020 was known to me as the perfect vision (ref: the visual acuity measurement developed by H. Snellen in 1862.) It is quite a different thing…
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Newsletter: 2019 November

“The landscape sleeps in mist from morn till noon…” – John Clare, English poet, 1793-1864 – That was how John Clare, the “Northamptonshire Peasant Poet,” described November of his beloved English countryside. Some of us may begin to get into the “soul-searching” reflective mood as we approach the year-end season. Twelve months ago, we wrote…
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Newsletter: 2019 October

“The falling leaves, drift by the window. The autumn leaves, of red and gold…” – lyrics by J. Prévert (French), J. Mercer (English) – click to listen to the song. October is the last month for those who wish to see the natural phenomenon known as the Great Migration in East Africa. As the watering…
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Newsletter: 2019 September

“By all these lovely tokens, September days are here, with summer’s best of weather, and autumn’s best of cheer.” – Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885) – The transition of summer to autumn, signals we are getting towards the end of another year! If you are of my generation, you may have heard of Earth, Wind and…
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