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The art of prophecy

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Featured prophecy image: Tiger & Crow Mannequins, Shop Display Bangkok    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  Friday 13 May 2016 The art of prophecy & William Gibson  Introduction I hadn’t intended to write this article about prophecy at all. Following Classic Scifi 4: William Gibson Neuromancer the next step was to analyse William Gibson’s prescience and his ability to prophesy elements …

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Marie Kondo, Tidying

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony, 14 March 2016 Introduction Marie Kondo The life-changing magic of tidying 2014. 2016 might be my year for getting excited over weird books. The Big Twitch in January and Gut in February are good examples. I mentioned my normal views on self-help books in my discussion of Gut by Giulia Enders and how I lean towards Steve …

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Giulia Enders, Gut

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony, 21 February 2016 Introduction Giulia Enders Gut: the inside story of our body’s most under-rated organ 2015. Enders honesty about herself in the beginning of her Foreward is astonishing and endearing. I was born by caesarean section, she says and goes on to say that she couldn’t breast feed and was lactose intolerant until the age …

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What is History 3: The Medieval Mind

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Featured image: The Medieval Mind, Bode Museum, Berlin 2014    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony, 1 February 2016    What is History? Can we comprehend the medieval mind?    Introduction    As in What is History 1 and What is History 2 about sleep patterns, we are looking at the difficulty in understanding history in a conventional sense. Later articles cover 4 Love,  5 EH …

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J.B.S. Haldane The Origin of Life, 1929

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Featured Image: Detail from the cover of My Friend Mr Leakey    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony, 18 December 2015    J.B.S. Haldane The Origin of Life, 1929    Introduction    The fact about science, is that everyone who has made a serious contribution to it is aware, or very strongly suspects, that the world is not only queerer than anyone …

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What is history 2: Sleep Patterns

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Featured image: Good, shop in Bangkok Mall, 2011    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony, 14 December 2015    What is History? — Sleep patterns    Preamble    The next two articles are about how relatively ordinary people (like us?) lived in other times. It is a quirky question, but one I’ve often asked. And, I must admit I’ve rarely been satisfied …

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What is History 1: Introduction

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Featured image: Ishtar Gate Relief, Pergamon Museum, Berlin    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  8 December 2015    What is History? An Introduction    A confession I am not a historian. I didn’t study it at school or university. But as with most things I am interested in history, particularly its process. I am also interested in the general rather than the specific. …

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Paris Terror November 2015

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony, 19 November 2015  Ross Gittins and the Paris Terror Attacks    Preamble After setting up BreadtagSagas in April and migrating it to a hosted site in May, this is post number 38. Learning WordPress and blogging was a huge learning curve and beginning writing posts also a major task, but I have to say …

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Large dams 3: Oustees India

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Feature photo: On the Godavari River, 2009    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  10 October 2015    Oustees across India : The tragedy of displaced people    Introduction This is the last of three articles on large dams the others are Large Dams 1: An Introduction and Large Dams 2: Aswan High Dam. The Murray-Darling Basin Catastrophe describes a similar issue in …

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Large dams 2: Aswan High Dam

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Featured photo: Satellite image: Insightdigital & Google, Aswan High Dam 2009    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  21 September 2015    Case study: The Aswan High Dam and the Nile in Egypt    Introduction This is the second of three articles on large dams the others are Large Dams 1: An Introduction and Large Dams 3: Oustees India. The Murray-Darling Basin Catastrophe describes …

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Large Dams 1: An introduction

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Featured photo: Palmyra Sculpture Centre, boats Aral Sea     Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  15 September 2015 Preface This is the first of three articles on large dams the others are Large Dams 2: Aswan High Dam and Large Dams 3: Oustees India. The Murray-Darling Basin Catastrophe describes a similar issue in Australia. Another related article is Rukmini Rao Woman …

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The last days of Osama bin Laden 2: 9/11

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Featured photo: Tony 1995, Afghan, money exchange market, Peshawar Bazaar    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  9 August 2015    I want to begin by stating I have no expertise on these matters and am relying on the accounts and expertise of others. However, I do have an interest in the events and hopefully many others in the world do …

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Rukmini Rao Woman of the Year 2014

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony  22 June 2015    Rukmini Rao has been my friend for a very long time. I have been travelling to India on and off for many years. Since 2004 I have worked with Rukmini and Gramya for up to two months each year as a volunteer.