Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Philosophically Speaking, Folks

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Philosophically Speaking, Folks

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Byline: @choochsdad MIKEMILLIGAN It's a funny old world

WHAT would a Geordie self help book be called? Think and Grow Radge? How to Win Bingo and Influence People? Or perhaps, The Power of Nowt? I ask because I've been a bit deep and philosophical of late. Maybe it's the weather (yellow alert with a chance of amber) middle age? the New Year? Perhaps it's a festive technology overload and I'm seeking something real - or maybe I always have been a wannabe Geordie guru!

Whatever the cause, I'm really into a bunch of radgies called the Stoics - I think they must have had North East blood!

Philosophy? I hear groaned 'givowwers' all over the region, yet whether we admit it or not, we all have a take on life that guides us.

Indeed, the admirable regional predilection to mutter 'givowwer' or 'hadaway' at life's cruelly hoyed half bricks surely is a philosophy.

To be fair though, a lot of the time we're completely unaware of our inner (North East-pointing) compass: it's like a default programme running in the background like a Jimmy Nail LP.

So you don't have to be some ancient philosopher like Confucius or a university eggheed to qualify as a sage - I found this when reading me aforementioned book on stoic philosophy - in essence, it's basically what my canny old grandad told me.

Mind you, I always thought Epictetus was a funny name for a bloke from Gateshead... Seriously though, this book I'm reading basically tells of how the author - a bloke called James Bond Stockdale (aye - really!) used Stoic mental disciplines to remain 'captain of his own ship' through years of torture and imprisonment after being shot down over Vietnam.

I obviously can't begin to equate a cancelled gig, unexpected garage bill or off-his-heed radgie on the Metro to years in a Viet Cong prison - but the principles still apply. …

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