Monthly Archives: October 2012

Can Obama recover to win a second term?

Obama gets hammered at Barbican US Presidential debate *** 3/5 Under the spotlight US Elections: The end of Great Expectations? Battle of Ideas Barbican Centre 21st October 2012 In a somewhat one sided debate on President Barack Obama’s record in office … Continue reading

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Is our character inherent in us from birth or is it self- developed?

***** 5/5 Character: Skill or virtue? Under the Spotlight Battle of Ideas 21st October 2012 Barbican Centre, London Can character be taught or is it morally, inherently within us? Unchangeable? Fixed? Ruth Gledhill of The Times, Angus Kenny, Head of External … Continue reading

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Character and epigenetics: Are you shaped by your Mother’s diet?

*** 3/5 Ethical battles in science and medicine 21st October 2012 Battle of Ideas Barbican Centre I don’t  normally spend Sunday mornings in the company of Scientists, but today being day 2 of the Battle of Ideas 2012 Conference, that’s … Continue reading

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Why are more books published than there are readers?

** 2/5 Bored of the Booker: Prizes, prizes everywhere Battle for the Arts at Battle of Ideas Barbican Centre Saturday 20th October 2012   The decision of the Pulitzer Prize 2012board not to award the prize for fiction once again … Continue reading

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A Crisis of compassion: Who cares?

***** 5/5 Contemporary Controversies A crisis of Compassion: Who cares? Battle of Ideas Barbican Centre 20th October 2012 A constant stream of harrowing media stories highlights incidents of extreme lack of compassion in institutions charged with caring for the vulnerable. … Continue reading

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George Michael – Symphonica

*** 3/5 Earls Court, London 17th October 2012 At last. Alter a year’s wait, George Michael is back. On tour in his home town London. On stage where he belongs. After the well publicised postponement of his tour last October … Continue reading

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Gary Mckinnon extradition blocked

Curious decision from the Home Secretary yesterday, 16th October 2012. This was based on compassionate, medical grounds, taking into account a Psychiatrist report stating that there was a high likelihood that he would commit suicide if he were to be … Continue reading

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