Leadership Matters

In my last OH Briefing (‘Sport, glorious sport’, 15 January 2022), I alluded to the close relationship between sporting achievement and character, how mindset, discipline and will are the bedrock of greatness in champions. As a friend quoted to me the other day, ‘It’s discipline that turns a nobody into a somebody.’ I want to […]

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‘Portrait of a nation’ – image, honesty and concealment

On 1 June 2021, The Times correspondent Tom Parfitt reported on a portrait of President Vladimir Putin (b. 1952; Pres. 1999-2000, 2000-2008, 2012-present) by the Russian artist Yevgeniya Khaybullina. The portrait is striking. It is constructed out of five hundred teeth (some false!) the artist had collected from a dentist in her hometown of Ufa, […]

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‘Bonfire of the vanities’: on fashion, folly and the futility of war

When it was released in 1990, critics panned Brian de Palma’s (b. 1940) film adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s novel The Bonfire of the Vanities (1987). The public agreed. Despite its best-selling literary source, satirical humour, and star-studded cast (including Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, Kim Cattrall and Morgan Freeman), the film was a commercial […]

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New Year, New Reality: On the ethics and metaphysics of Zuckerberg’s Meta-verse

On 28 October 2021, media magnate, internet entrepreneur and philanthropist Mark Zuckerberg (b. 1984), CEO and Co-Founder of Facebook, Inc. (founded 2004), announced the birth of Meta – a new parent company for Facebook and its sister platforms Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp. Few commentators doubt that the timing of Meta’s launch was intended to distract […]

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