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Janina Bauman, in the words of one of many friends, was “a truly beautiful person, who made things golden” Yet her serene demeanour and dreamy, thoughtful disposition, belied the turbulence of her early life as witness to the horrors of the Warsaw ghetto and post-war anti-Semitic purges in socialist Poland....

A quick update on developments following the Shared Social Responsibilities conference in Brussels at the start of this month. The Council of Europe have created a webspace specifically for the conference, including a draft version of the Charter, copies of the main speeches, and information about forthcoming publications. More details...

A bus from Tokyo disgorged a large group of youngsters on a beach at Atami, a little sea-resort and a favourite weekend haunt for the capital’s seekers of erotic adventure; this is what we learn from today’s edition of the YAHOO!News. Buses arrive from Tokyo to Atami several times a...

At the threshold of the third millennium France, like most of the planet, was in throes of uncertainty. The entry into the new era was appropriately preceded by what might have been (we would never know for sure) one of the most successful hoaxes in history: the “millennium bug” affair,...

Mark Davis’s article “Bauman’s Compass” prompted a series of thoughts about how the sociology of hope could mount a more direct challenge to the classical certainty of the sciences of capitalism. These thoughts have coalesced into the start of a “think piece” about recognising ambiguity and uncertainty as fundamental to...