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Garden October 2019


There is not too much left in the veg garden, apart from the last of the runner beans, courgettes, and tomatoes, but from lawn and borders, there are still quite a few leaves to make a salad.

Some greens still going.

  • Sorrel – a big leafed kind of herb. I thought I pulled it up last year, but it regrew in August, to my surprise. A neighbour gave it. I was pleased it grew back.
  • Dandelion leaves
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach – a few slug holes
  • Lettuce – only one or two plants left, but get a few leaves
  • Flowers of Borage
  • Swiss Chard
  • Rocket

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Inspired by 3100 Mile Race 2019

Every year, I follow the Sri Chinmoy 3100 Mile Self-Transcendence Race from a distance. This year seemed a particularly good edition. I know Nirbhasa (who finished in 2nd place) and so you can relate to the runners even more.

3100 Mile Race

This year the race also received excellent coverage on the BBC. A foreign friend said – look how spiritual Britain is to have an article like that on its main national newsite.

That made me laugh because when you look at the political situation of Britain, spiritual development isn’t the first thing that springs to mind!

Anyway, I wrote a short article here at 3100 Mile Race 2019


Races short and longer


Last night was the last race of the summer races we hold at the Oxford Sri Chinmoy Peace Mile. 87 runners entered the race.

I have bought a megaphone, you won’t be able to take it away from me now. Continue Reading →


Dig for Victory

No Deal Brexit – No Problem! Let’s dig our way out of this Brexit hole!

Who needs foreign imports when you can survive on home grown British turnips?

dig for victory

So in the spirit of make do and mend, I have been digging up my back garden and will be planting crops which will see me through to at least 2030.  Continue Reading →




We have a new statue of Ganapati.

Ganapati or Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom.

dec-gardenThere’s not much left in the garden apart from a few Brussel Sprouts (yum!) and some Kale. I have one or two lettuces under a cloche.


What would Keynes do?

I have a new economics book published this week. – What Would Keynes do?


It was good fun to write. In addition to my existing knowledge, I had to do quite a bit of research into the views of different economists. I learnt a lot about the fringes of economics in writing the book.

It gave me a new respect for some economists I didn’t know too well, but with regard to other economists – I don’t want to read them anymore!


What would Keynes do? at Economics Help



Cracking Economics and national bookshop day

Saturday was National Bookshop Day. They seem to have a national day for everything these days. But, in the case of bookshops, I think it is well deserved.


I’m really glad to see bookshops hanging on – holding back the winds of technological change and remorseless move to all things digital. There is something uplifting about a bookshop, for want of a better description it has soul. A feeling that will never be replicated by the convenience of Kindle and online reviews.

At various times in my life, I’ve been fascinated by nearly all sections in bookshops – especially religion and spirituality section – just about everything apart from particle physics and fiction. I don’t like fiction unless it is Lord of the Rings.

Today, I went into my local Blackwells Oxford to find ‘Cracking Economics’ by Tejvan Pettinger. They had eight copies, which is great because when I checked online two days ago, they said they had ten.

Which means they possibly sold two in two days!

I should have bought a copy to honour my local bookshop, but my publisher has already kindly sent me 20 copies in the post, so I don’t really need a 21st copy.

Still, there it was on the shelf next to the Oxford Dictionary of Economics.

The Economics Bible


The other funny thing is that in America, the same book is called “The Economics Bible.” On that cover, they have put my name next to a picture of Karl Marx. So perhaps some readers in America will think that Tejvan Pettinger is a rather grim looking bearded figure from the Nineteenth Century.


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