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Jul,

09

Proud of my Commonwealth connections

I was always told that pride was a bad thing. Pride, so say the people who like to say such things, comes before a fall. C.S. Lewis, a scholar and dreamer of faraway, imaginary worlds. wrote, “A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you’re looking down, you can’t see something that’s above you.” Continue reading

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Jul,

09

One Night In Paris

Once, when he suffered a particularly bad spell, he was off primary school for nearly a month. To you and me, a lengthy period of leave from work might sound like a dream come true, but for children it is more like an extended jail sentence. Upon his return, his teacher opened the door and ushered him into the room, at which point his classmates burst into a spontaneous round of applause. As he stood there, slightly dumbfounded by this display of generosity, his teacher patted him on the shoulder, smiled warmly and welcomed him back. The other children continued to clap as he shyly made his way back to his seat. Continue reading