Personal website of Jonathan Cannovan
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A man found an eagle’s egg and put it in a nest of a barnyard hen. The eaglet hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up with them. All his life the eagle did what the barnyard chicks did, thinking he was a barnyard chicken. He scratched the earth for worms and insects. He clucked and cackled. And he would thrash his wings and fly a few feet into the air.

Years passed and the eagle grew very old. One day he saw a magnificent bird above him in the cloudless sky. It glided in graceful majesty among the powerful wind currents, with scarcely a beat on his strong golden wings. The old eagle looked up in awe. “Who’s that?” he asked. “That’s the eagle, the king of the birds,” said his neighbour. “He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth – we’re chickens.” So the eagle lived and died a chicken, for that’s what he thought he was.

Anthony de Mello (1931 – 1987) Jesuit Priest


Are you an eagle living the life of a chicken?……….


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I recently attended the Aye Write book festival in Glasgow. One of the book talks I went to was by Tony Juniper who wrote the book “What has nature ever done for us?” . He explained how natural systems sustain our welfare. Looking after the environment, whether it’s a local forest, rare frogs or a protected wetland, etc is often seen as an expensive luxury, that damages economies, costing jobs and a loss of business, etc. Tony explained why damaging the environment/nature can hurt us financially. If governments and big corporations understand that looking after nature can help enrich them, then maybe there’s a better chance that they will help protect the environment. Read more…

Posted by: In: Books, Videos 19 Dec 2012 1 comment

Michel Thomas (born Moniek (Moshe) Kroskof, February 3, 1914 – January 8, 2005 in Lodz, Poland) was a polyglot linguist, language teacher, and decorated war veteran. After emigrating to America after WW2 he developed a language-teaching system known as the ‘Michel Thomas Method’. His audio language courses are bestsellers, and highly rated. I haven’t tried using any of his audio courses, but I have recently purchased his Germand CD course, so hopefully I’ll find it helpful, when i get round to listening to it. Read more…

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It took me 3 hours to drive down to the Wigtown Book Festival yesterday, but it was well worth it. It was the first time I’ve been to Wigtown and it’s a nice little town, with an attractive market square lined with many old buildings. Wigtown is Scotland’s National Book Town and is now home to over 20 book-related businesses. So, its an ideal town shopping wise for book lovers like myself – I ended up buying five books while I was there. Read more…

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I recently heard about the book Manthropology by Peter Mcallister which studies how in many ways modern man has declined compared to our ancient ancestors. It shows the effect that “civilisation” has had on us. I haven’t read the book yet, but will hopefully purchase a copy soon. The video above is in interesting talk and Q&A by the author. Below is a quote from his website on the book:

Manthropology is a quirky, scientific look at a pressing modern problem—why are males today so pathetic? Drawing from archaeology, anthropology and evolutionary psychology, the author (a qualified palaeoanthropologist) confirms the awful truth: every man in history, back to the dawn of the species, did everything better, faster, stronger and smarter than any man today. Read more…