Monthly Archives: April 2016

Victoria Wood teaches us about reincarnation

Yesterday it was announced that Victoria Wood, one of my favourite comedians, had passed away. I would like to pay her a little tribute by sharing the actually really quite scholarly thoughts provoked by listening to one of her songs, … Continue reading

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What makes a perfect conference?

This weekend I attended the Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions in Cardiff, which this year had the theme of narrative. It was, I think, the best conference I have ever attended. And before you object that I am just saying … Continue reading

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On the benefits of being offline

When I arrived back at my desk yesterday after a week off, my first task was to wade through the approximately 140 emails that had arrived in my absence. (And that was in a light week, after the end of … Continue reading

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