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Blog entries by Sam 69

  1. It seems to be widely accepted that an individual's personality or "character" is largely set by the time that they are five or six years old. At this point the personality is largely fixed and all that an individual can do is modify their behaviour to deal with new situations. Whether this is because of inherited characteristics or experiences gained in those first few formative years is...
  2. It's yesterday evening and I am in a queue at a supermarket checkout and the woman who is behind me in the line starts saying, in a low voice something about 'having no manners'. This is clearly directed at me but I have absolutely no idea what breach of queuing etiquette I have committed. Possibly I haven't moved forward quickly enough to allow her to put her items on the moving belt - or...
  3. I don't sense that the future of urban transportation has been a hugely pressing issue on this site up until now - but here are some thoughts on the topic anyway. I read something a few weeks ago where it was suggested that we are coming to the end of the era of mass private car ownership. The argument was that with the growth of electric powered and driverless cars there will be less of a...
  4. In my family for someone to say “You’re just like your dad” is not something that is likely to be all that well received. For a whole variety of reasons, we siblings have no wish to be too closely identified with him. Nevertheless, when I am sitting on the old sofa in the kitchen while my wife puts a meal together and I am apparently doing nothing much at all and she says “You look just like...
  5. I write a lot about places, and then I fit the people into those places. It should probably work the other way round. For now it’s Saturday evening and we are at the harbour festival. It’s a glorious evening of the kind that we’ve been experiencing all this summer and there’s an old-style reggae band playing on the stage in front of twenty thousand or so people to a backdrop of tall ships and...