Category Archives: Questions by Alix

What is the greatest gift a person can be given?

I’m rubbish at presents. Seriously. You shouldn’t be surprised if you end up with a block of wood with two hooks and a picture of two flourescent but rurally stylised birds on it. Or a jar of chutney. Or an … Continue reading

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Why does only a little of what you fancy do you good?

I feel a little sick typing this, purely because evolutionary arguments unsettle me, but I suspect the answer is that we evolved in a time of scarcity, and then stopped, by finding ways to invent plenties. This is a simplification. … Continue reading

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Is it true that “Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned”? (Congreve)

True? I’ll list the words in that sentence I find largely unverifiable, shall I? ‘True, heaven, rage, love, hatred, hell, fury, woman, scorned”. Okay. Possibly I’m being obtuse, but I just don’t know how to talk about truth, hell or … Continue reading

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What have the Romans ever done for us?

History probably isn’t my strong point. And it’s hard to measure impacts over time. Causality is quite messy, the world’s quite big, and there’s a lot of time for things to happen. Also, I’m never quite certain who us is. … Continue reading

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When are the best days of our lives?

It would presumably be lazy to just copy and paste the entirety of Queen’s ‘These are the Days of our Lives‘ in as my response to this? Thought so. I guess I’d better at least try and unpack a little … Continue reading

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If a tree falls in the wood and there is no one to hear it, does it make a noise?

Solipsism is arrogance, right? The retreat into some ‘provable’ core is just self centredness. The tree doesn’t fall unless I am here to hear? Nonsense. The sound is created by it’s observation? It’s a real problem. If the tree falls … Continue reading

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Which sense would it be easiest/hardest to live without?

Easiest to live without isn’t so tricky with a process of elimination, but the answer surprises me a little. Basically, taste is the least functional one, and the only one I can imagine simplifying life if you didn’t have it. … Continue reading

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My kingdom for a horse?

I can’t say I’ve ever actually had a kingdom. Or a horse. Trying to establish a transactional value of two entirely out of my range of experience items isn’t really that straightforward, particularly when I’ve never been the best judge … Continue reading

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Chicken or Egg – and does it really matter?

As a vegetarian, I’d rather have an egg. But I try to not be too excessive with my consumption either way. Thanks for the offer though. There’s a relatively simple answer, that is probably the most accurate, and that’s that … Continue reading

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Perpetually confused or blissfully ignorant?

Blissful ignorance is a dangerous bliss. I think perpetuating the myth in itself is dangerous. It’s either a way for liars to convince themselves they should keep on lying, or a way for clever people to patronise those they think … Continue reading

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