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Does buying anti-consumerism books count?

I’ve just come back from a weekend with my wife’s family (her dad died a year ago) and on the way home we stopped at Booktown (aka Hay-on-Wye) for my annual pilgrimage. On a wet, windy January day on the Wales-England border browsing the shelves

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Losing the art of living together

I was reading Grand Designs in bed this morning (it was their ‘save the planet in style’ issue) and came across a piece about eco-development BedZED in London. Right at the end Pooran Desai one of the developers who lives there said, “Probably the best

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The Search for Happiness

I’m reading the Christmas edition of The Economist and they headline with a feature on Happiness and how it seems unrelated to wealth. Sure the rich are happier than the poor but the richer you get is not followed by happiness. Here are a couple

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HSBC open minded on Consumerism

Consumerism is the defining word of our times but we’re mostly ambivalent about it and those with vested interests are taking note. How do I know all this, well the notion is appearing in adverts of all places and that is counter-subversive to say the

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Indie confused over consumerism

I’ve been away for a few days with the better half’s family for a low-key Christmas, which after last year was all we wanted. Anyway took the opportunity on Boxing Day to read a newspaper at my leisure which was a pleasure (apologies for the