Tube Etiquette: The Exclusive Guide to Being British While Under the Ground

A loud thump. Then a tired voice over the loudspeaker tinged with familiar irritation: "Please don't run into the doors. There is another one coming in three minutes. Just wait for it." In his mind I can imagine a flurry of unspoken swear words and name-calling yelled at the mirror every night to unleash his anger towards the human race. I get it.

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TRAVEL THOUGHTS: Standing at the Edge of an Ocean

“I’m in heaven!” was the first real thought that entered my addled brain as I sat on an actual horizontal bed after exiting my hellish air-borne home of 24 hours. I felt euphoric – exactly what I had wanted to feel! Whether that was from lack of sleep, recycled plane air, or the actual reality of my surroundings, I’m not sure.

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My Top 25 Literary Picks for Summer

My definitive guide on what to read over the summer while you're at the beach or in the pool. I’ve picked out a wide array of books from my many and varied lists on Goodreads. These selections include an eclectic mix of major prize-winners, historical fiction, translated texts, classics, recent works, autobiography, a collection of essays, and more! And wow, it was hard to limit this list to 25 books (plus one bonus text), but at the end of the day, these are the ones that I want to read the most (and hopefully you will too!)...

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Introduction: For the Love of Learning

“I wanted them to love learning...”

These were the words our mother spoke when anyone asked her why she home-schooled us. Our education began in a large, airy room off our carport with our hands in glue and paint and, later on, holding pencils and scientific calculators. We measured the distance between the planets as we walked up the road, learnt about the joys of non-Newtonian fluids with cornflower and water, and made an entire Egyptian city complete with rivers and pyramids made from clay and bamboo skewers.

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Should Leaders be as Moral as Possible?

Last year I began my thesis research by exploring the concept of authentic leadership. While I ended up abandoning this theoretical approach, the complexity of authenticity as a ‘way of being’ (both as ‘leader’ and ‘follower’) raised myriad questions for me regarding my own approach to ethical and moral decision-making.

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