Michael Broadbent’s “Ten most important things”

Ten most important things I have learned and can pass on.

  1. People are more important than organisations
  2. Visit as many wine regions as possible – better a fleeting visit than none at all. It acts as an aide-mémoire
  3. Drink good wine with every meal. Half a bottle of good wine is more interesting – and better for you – than six bottles of plonk
  4. Spot opportunities and have the courage to act on them
  5. Start a tasting book and make notes
  6. If you do not know the answer to the question, admit it
  7. In wine, understanding is superior to pedantic knowledge
  8. Read the classics on wine and keep up to date
  9. Be honest and rely on your own tasting; avoid the influence of others
  10. Teaching is the best way to learn

Hoeveel grond heeft een mens nodig?

Our supposedly hardheaded economic science is the plaything of wild
consumer fantasies and infantile prodigality.
No one should be admitted into the profession who has not read
Tolstoi’s fable
How much land does a man need?

Theodore Roszak, Person/Planet: The creative disintegration of industrial society, 1978 Doubleday & Co


Het grootste kortverhaal dat de wereldliteratuur kent[1], verscheen in 1886 van de hand van Leo Tolstoi. De transformatie die Tolstoi doormaakte van een losbandige, bevoorrechte jongeling tot een moraliserende christelijke asceet was in volle gang. De grote romans – Oorlog en vrede, en Anna Karenina – waren al tien jaar oud. Zijn werk zou vanaf nu worden gedomineerd door beklijvende novelles – De dood van Ivan Ilich – en fabelachtige verhalen zoals Hoeveel grond heeft een mens nodig?[2] → Read More

Debt and demographics – A truly vital graph

Source: United Nations, World population prospects: the 2010 revision, Constant-fertility variant. The graph depicts the ratio of population of 65+ per 100 population 20-64 in 2015 (horizontal axis) and 2050 (vertical axis).

Oil barbell

Source: Religare Global Strategy June 2011