We don’t have to do everything, all the time

There’s been a video doing the rounds this week of Russian ice skater Evgeni Plushenko wowing the crowds with a routine to Tom Jones’ Sex Bomb from 2002. Plushenko is at the top of his game, a huge, dominant figure in men’s figure skating. Here it is:...

How cognitive bias can ruin your dinner

I was pacing around my kitchen on Saturday afternoon, trying to motivate myself to make supper and feeling thoroughly, creatively, blue. I tried my normal habit, which is to trace back to what kicked it off. Was it the (perfectly pleasant) conversation with my...

School, singing, and the challenge of your inner artist

When I was at secondary school, a new head of music arrived who wanted to fill the music department with energy. I played the violin and the piano, and those were the things I took seriously – hours of practice, weekly lessons, orchestras rehearsals and theory...

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