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Roger’s Retirement

One thing is clear: Roger Federer loved tennis, and still does. He loves his wife for letting him play; he loves his friends for playing with him; he loves to hold a racket in his hands. That’s why he cried: because he was leaving tennis behind. It’s what gave his life meaning. Roger is tennis.

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A Saturday Song

  If I Tell You   If I tell you that I love you Will you say you love me too? If I tell you that I need you Will you promise to be true?   Or will you walk away? Will you break my day? Will you leave me here to bleed? And report […]

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Best Philosopher Ever

  Best Philosopher Ever   Who is the best philosopher that ever lived? I am going to argue that I am. This claim may be met with some incredulity: surely I don’t believe I’m a better philosopher than Plato or Aristotle or Descartes or Kant or Russell! Actually I am claiming that, but the claim […]

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The Queen

When Elizabeth II died I thought: She wasn’t a bad old bird–these very words went through my mind. I remember singing God Save The Queen to her at Saturday morning pictures (movies for kids) back in the 1950s when I was 8 or 9. I am no royalist but at least she gave people something […]

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Mysteries of Physics

Mysteries of Physics I just read We Have No Idea by Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson, a book about all the things we don’t know about the physical universe. These include: dark matter, dark energy, the basic elements of matter, the nature of mass, why gravity is so different from other forces, the nature of […]

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Eloise

Eloise   She was just a bright young thing Not yet fully grown But she caught my eye across the room She cleverly made herself known   So I took her home with me And introduced her to her new friends It was tense at first But soon they were happy as larks   Oh […]

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I Know a Girl

  I Know a Girl   I know a girl likes to dance and sing This girl is up for most anything I took her dancing on a Saturday night And wouldn’t you know I got into a fight   Too many guys just hanging round She got her red dress on her feet don’t […]

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