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Andrew Gilhooley

To Change the World, Click Here (or not)

A year or two ago, an old friend posted the following on his Facebook page: WANTED: Participants for a book-loving social experiment. Comment if you want to participate and I’ll send you details. What do you have to do? Buy your favorite book and send it to a stranger (I’ll …

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Small Change and Small Changes

When I was teaching high school in London in the 1990s, I worked with a man named Kevin, who was the technician for the woodwork and metalwork shops. Kevin had a funny little habit; after morning break and lunch break, he would go and walk around the school yard and …

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Internaut Day for Cats?

Across social media this week, people have been celebrating August 23 as Internaut Day, supposedly the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web being made available to the public. Whilst this is not strictly true (here is a link from CERN explaining more) the Web has indeed now been around …

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What, another lion-related post?

Remember Walter Palmer? Probably not – I had to look up his name on Google before I wrote this. You probably remember what he did roughly a year ago, though. He was the Minnesota dentist who went big-game hunting in Zimbabwe last year and shot a lion that had been …

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The Lion Sleeps Tonight

I have to confess to having something of an obsession with the song “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”. Whenever I hear it on the radio, I find it rather mesmerizing, and always think the same thing: “What would inspire someone to write a song like that?” In lots of ways it’s …

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A Fish Story

Several years ago, I was in a doctor’s office in Los Angeles waiting for an appointment. As I sat there, my attention was drawn to an abstract painting on the wall, a wash of grey, white and orange. A lady also sitting waiting commented, “Doesn’t it remind you of koi …

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Duplicating the Arts out of existence?

Let’s do a little thought-experiment, a mental exercise. Imagine that someone invents a magical computer program and makes it available as a free download from the internet. The program allows a person to create perfect, functioning copies of manufactured items out of thin air – a kind of ultimate 3-D …

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