Monthly Archives: December 2010

World’s Strictest Parents

I’ve been an avid follower of this show, World’s Strictest Parents (UK version) – it’s very interesting to see how other cultures bring up children and also to learn more about their way of life. I came across this interesting blog post about how there is a lack of adult solidarity in the UK and how it is affecting UK’s children. Also it’s not just about the individual family – it’s the whole society that shape the children. One only has to watch how the naughty teens’ bravado gradually crumble in the face of local kids shaking their heads and saying how uncool they are, and how the vision of the parent and the school authorities tend to be along the same lines.

Blog post: What we can learn from the World’s Strictest Parents

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Rightmove real estate fun, and organic thinking

I’ve recently (re)started wasting hours of my life going through the rightmove website. It’s a fun hobby I tell you.

“Can I find a house/flat for less than £60,000 within 40 miles of Waterloo?”

“Where can I find the cheapest flat north of Crewe that isn’t in a shithole (haha)”

“What can I afford for £900,000 up my street?”

It’s amusing to see listings saying “Studio flat” alongside a picture of a garage. In Mayfair. Or anywhere in the South. Taking “future potential” a bit too far, like Enron.

So what I have resolved to do is, instead of letting my youth slip away amongst pictures of decrepit and luxury houses, I’m going to blog instead. About anything. In fact it does appear that my mind thinks best while walking or on the train in the morning or about to sleep at night. Anywhere but in front of the computer.

That is exactly what Richard Watson said recently in his speech Future Minds. Amongst other things he says the best place to think is not in front of the computer. Although I have spent more than half my life in front of a computer, I agree with him. I can think of doing specific things on a computer, like emailing, buying, or saying impulse stuff like leaving a comment. However new thoughts I find are generated elsewhere – because when I’m on a computer I’m invariably doing something. Which is not conducive to clear thinking.

The unfortunate fact is that all my wonderful thoughts are forgotten once I’m in front of a computer… or even a paper notebook. I’ll try harder next time… for my sake…

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