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December 8, 2014

(Published on 2 December 2014)


I visited an extraordinary building in Paris recently where someone had taken the unusual step of asking its construction workers what they thought and did while assembling the plate glass and acrobatic steel armatures.


It was the...

October 30, 2014

(Published in The Malay Mail 30 October)


When Patrick Modiano learned this month he had won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature he asked his editor why the Swedish Academy had selected him, saying he found their choice “strange”.


I find his reaction “strange”. W...

October 14, 2014

(Published in The Malay Mail 13 October)


France could soon be facing its own homegrown Ebola cases as has happened in America and Spain, unless it is very lucky.


Projections made by scientists at MobsLab in Boston predict a 25 to 75 percent chance of France suffering a...