Coffee House Readings


That Stinks! Or Does It?   Recently updated !

In October my partner and I made a spontaneous, lockdown puppy purchase; a Beagle. She came into our lives, big ears a’flapping and eyes pleading for more food, please! Beagles are scenthounds, bred over time to prioritise smell over everything else. This is particularly obvious when we walk her and […]


Board games: where do the classics come from?

With so much of the year spent at home, it is unsurprising that board games and other indoor activities have been extremely popular. In fact, sales of tabletop games rose by 240 per cent in the UK back in March. It was a similar story in Australia.  It’s not only […]


Pastry Pastimes: Where Does The ‘Danish’ Come From?

Food has become an important lifeline during Melbourne’s strict second lockdown. After suffering through a brutal wave of new infections, residents of this once bustling city of five million are confined to their homes. Movement is restricted to five kilometers from home, only limited exercise is allowed and there is […]


Coffee House Reading #18: Prisoners of Geography

‘Oh god not that book, I tried, but I could never get past Russia…’ Was the editors response when I suggested Tim Marshalls 2015 output ‘Prisoners of Geography– Ten Maps that tell you everything you need to know about Global Politics’ for this edition of Coffee House readings. Well, boss, if […]


Coffee House Reading #17:
The Obstacle Is The Way

Our actions may be impeded, but there can be no impeding our intentions or our dispositions. Because we can accommodate and adapt. The mind adapts and converts to its own purposes the obstacle to our acting. The impeding to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way. […]


Coffee House Readings #16: Simple as that

For my first Coffee House Reading, I wanted to share a book with you that has taught me something different than any other book I’ve read so far: The Laws of Simplicity in Design, Technology, Business and Life by John Maeda. I’ve chosen this particular book, because I usually don’t simplify […]


Coffee House Readings #14: Love Yourself – Like Your Life Depends On It

This month I want to share a book with you that is very special to me. It’s a book I often go back to when nothing seems to work out, when life seems to be hard, people seem to be mean and the universe just doesn’t seem to give a […]


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Coffee House Readings #13:
Follow Your Gut

Trillions of tiny creatures live in your eyes, your ears and inside your gut. They have occupied almost every nook of your body. Follow Your Gut by Rob Knight will introduce you to the tiny inhabitants you share your body with, that you have probably never heard of before. And […]


Coffee House Readings #12:
On Living

What do people talk about when they’re dying? If there is anybody who is able to answer this question, it is Kerry Egan. As a chaplain she visits, talks and listens to dying people and their life stories – offering them a precious gift that she calls “a peaceful presence”. […]