Tuesday, July 10th
A storm brews in Cairo "Egypt's new president, Muhammad Morsi, has been in office for just ten days but is already facing a stand-off with the army over the fate of the Islamist-dominated parliament, which the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces dissolved last month."
Do you believe in progress? "Western belief in progress has been slipping steadily for decades, but is now at a nadir. Anyone who still believes that politics will uplift humanity is considered a crank. Yet the idea of progress hasn't vanished. It has simply been privatised."
Facing a daughter's OCD "Lucy is blond and her eyebrows are even blonder, which I guess is why it took me so long to notice that they were almost gone. 'I pulled them out,' she told me. I started to feel sick. In response to her doctor's gentle questions, Lucy described a set of behaviors and associated fears."
The old age suit "Consisting of ear-protectors that stifle hearing, a yellow visor that blurs eyesight and makes it hard to distinguish colours, knee and elbow pads which stiffen the joints, a Kevlar vest and padded gloves, the Age Man Suit, which weighs around 10kg, has been custom-made to simulate the physical consequences of old age."
'The Voice' - the vice of a nation "How must John Farnham feel? For decades he has been the embodiment of his worldwide hit 'You're the Voice' - and then in one night it all changes." (Robert Forster)
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