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About veritytraveller

My professional personal website is www.veritygoitein.info This blog is a more personal set of reflections on life and art, art and life.

daily pot-pourri

So many things on my mind, not “in my mind” as I’m not sure where that is. Its place in the cave of my body, or even its existence is proving elusive these days. And not just to me. Philosophers, … Continue reading

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How do we avoid bumping into each other?

One of the minor mysteries of life preoccupies me whenever I walk down a crowded street. How is it that we politely weave in and out of dozens of people without so much as an elbow touch? We are like birds … Continue reading

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Learn from the young

So today my blog name has changed… For the last couple of years my own name figured in the title, “verity’s serendipitous imaginings”. My daughter rightly thinks this was too confusing and fanciful. So as from today my blog is … Continue reading

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Amanda Knox and weird empathy

Amanda raises a difficult question, irrespective of her guilt or innocence. I remember vividly an incident of a robbery from a child’s locker when I was about 8 years old. The teacher or perhaps head-mistress summoned all children to a … Continue reading

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Business ethics? Hmm…

Would you give your savings to a stranger you met on the street who gave you a 900 page document describing his venture, new to you and in a country about which you knew nothing? He offers, not promises, to … Continue reading

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Conversation on the web is dying.

TED  “conversations” aim to spread ideas, those worth spreading at least, but are internet conversations real? Perhaps my most favourite pastime is conversing with intelligent friends about serious matters of mutual concern – we keep a sense of humour but … Continue reading

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Is “propriety” dead?

Adam Smith had a lot to say about this. I re-read AS’s Theory of Moral Sentiments – his wonderful discourse – in recent weeks. He shows how all forms of “propriety” form the essence of good relations and respectful co-existence. Our own … Continue reading

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Shutters down – not quite

Today I have been legitimately eaves-dropping. The tired, controlled voice at the end of the phone had that unmistakable, so understanding, therapist tone. Suspicion which attempts to hide its face is so clear I feel I can touch it. I … Continue reading

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The Shard is rising

The Shard, to be the tallest building in Europe, is rising across the road from our small London pad. It is a strange symbol. Glass, glass everywhere – vulnerable? Strong? The demise of the British Empire seems to be en-captured … Continue reading

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Fiona Hall is an inspiration…

An article about this wonderful artist in today’s Financial Review Magazine reminds me how special are her creations. The first work of hers that I ever saw has stayed with me in dream images (both day and night) ever since: … Continue reading

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