Category Archives: Inspiration

A Painful Journey

Snippets 178. We have previously looked at a few snippets from Forest Scenes and Incidents in the Wilds of North America, by George Head, published in 1829.  Head was the assistant commissary-general of the commissariat of the 3rd division of … Continue reading

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Happy New Year of Peace

Snippets 176. One hundred years ago today, when people wished each other a “Happy New Year” it was a wish for a year of peace, after the Great War that had been waged since 1914 had finally come to an … Continue reading

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The Post-War Christmas

Christmas History 38. Christmas 1918 was a time for thanksgiving, relief and perhaps taking stock, because the Great War had come to an end. Kaiser Wilhelm had abdicated on 9th November, and Germany had signed an armistice on 11th November. However, … Continue reading

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A selfless act? (Seneca 9)

Is there any such thing as a selfless act?  It’s a philosophical question that has been debated for a very long time.  In the ninth book of De Vita Beata (“About a Happy Life”), Seneca the Younger (C. 4BC – … Continue reading

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Australian Adages, 1903

Snippets 170.  It has been fascinating reading How to Make and Save Money, a book of useful household advice published in Australia in 1903.  We have quoted some of the useful (and bizarre) advice in previous snippets, and last week … Continue reading

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Seek the Truth (Seneca 8)

For the last few weeks we have been looking at De Vita Beata (“About a Happy Life”), by Seneca the Younger (c. 4BC – 65AD). In his eighth book he discusses the importance of strength of mind in the search … Continue reading

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Pleasure or Virtue? (Seneca 7)

For the last few weeks we have been looking at De Vita Beata (“About a Happy Life”), by Seneca the Younger (c. 4BC – 65AD). In his seventh book he tries to get to grips with the link between pleasure … Continue reading

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