By Wednesday, I have become much more focused on my task. I meet a close friend for lunch and, with therapist levels of Zen, I offer him the floor, enjoy my food and listen. Within 20 minutes, he tells me about problems with his partner that have been going on for a year – something he had never mentioned before, partly, he admits, because he isn’t very good at talking about his feelings, but also because I never gave him the space. After work, I go for a drink-slash-meeting with a colleague – in which, admittedly, I talk about myself because it’s a meeting about my work – but I do make an effort to talk about myself less. And so she begins to tell me about her love life. Over the course of two drinks, I feel we progress from colleagues to something closer to real friends. Create more silence, I notice, and people will start to fill it. … [Read more...] about I like the sound of my own voice – but does that make me a narcissist?
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'We're here today to defend free speech from one of the greatest dangers it has faced in American history, frankly, and you know what's going on as well as anybody. It's not good,' Trump said before inking the order, which came just days after Twitter for the first time provided what Trump's staff calls a fact-check on his own tweets. … [Read more...] about Donald Trump DEFENDS his ‘when looting starts, shooting stats’ tweet saying ‘it means when there’s looting people get shot and they die’ as he reveals he spoke to George Floyd’s ‘terrific’ family
I think I’m now just the older provocateur film-maker. I still make films that I think people don’t want to acknowledge and don’t want to give credit to, but they can’t ignore them. Charles Gant wrote an article about the top independent British films of the year: Brotherhood is No 4, above David Brent, above I, Daniel Blake, above High Rise. The numbers don’t lie. … [Read more...] about Noel Clarke: ‘I still make films they can’t ignore’
“One of those psychological quirks is a need for uniqueness,” Pierre said. “This is the idea that people who are attracted to conspiracy theories often feel like they stumbled upon some secret reality that the rest of us sheep – or sheeple, as conspiracy theorists like to refer to us – don’t know about. So there’s a certain sense of feeling special that you’re the privy to that information.” … [Read more...] about Another threat looming in the fight against coronavirus: anti-vaxxers
The club said of the 50 tests done on staff and players, everyone tested negative twice other than one staff member. They had a weak positive and then a negative on the second test but have since been placed in quarantine. A player also had a weak positive but has since had two negative test results. Given the results and that all tests were done following the protocols required by local health authorities, all players are now able to return to team training. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus and sports: F1 to return in July