Ian McDonald

Ian McDonald

What is real development?

Ian On Sunday Having retired a couple of years ago after 52 years in the sugar industry, including working closely with governments and regional institutions along the way, if there is one thing I have learned it is the extreme frailty of all grand plans.

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The extraordinary value in everything All my life I have had an urge to preserve the extraordinary value of everything that I experience.

Ian On Sunday

Meteors How is a great poem created? It is a mystery. It is like asking for an explanation of an exquisite square cut by Brian Lara or the flourish of a Rohan Kanhai cover drive, which I will never forget as long as I live.

Learning how to live well

Ian On Sunday Education is important not simply for the implantation of specific information about specific subjects but, perhaps more importantly, for the passing on of a whole ‘culture’ of learning, attitudes, and behaviour – a variety of distinct ‘languages’ of understanding including self-understanding.

Ian On Sunday

Inconsolable loss Of all the expressions of inconsolable loss I have read concerning the death of anyone greatly loved, the following lament by Henry James, the novelist, when his older brother, William James, the scientist and philosopher, died is one of  the most heartfelt: “I sit heavily stricken and in darkness – for from far aback in dimmest childhood  he had been my Elder Brother; and I still, through all the years, saw in him, even as a small timorous boy yet, my protector, my backer, my authority and my pride. 

To lend the passing moment words and wings

Ian on Sunday Why should flesh and blood men and women, with feet of clay like anyone else, presume to think for us and act for us and push us around and mollycoddle us and punish and reward us as if they were inherently superior beings?

Ian On Sunday

‘No ill or wrong will overmaster this’ There are some things that keep out the darkness that continually threatens in anyone’s life.

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The addiction of competition And here is fascinating thought. Medical studies suggest that in situations of great stress, great danger, in a battle, for instance, with death a fraction away, the body is able to generate something akin to heroin.

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A blessing Perhaps my oldest memory, I must have been two or three, is of my mother hugging me at night when she put me into bed and holding the palms of my hands together while she said a simple prayer which I soon learned by heart.

Ya think it easy?

Ian on Sunday Running anything – whether it is a national government, vast state industry, world-circling multi-national, small family business, or private club – involves making choices.

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The view from seventy-six With shocking quickness, another year has gone by in a blur and I am suddenly seventy-six.

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Fulsome words, faltering deeds One of the most serious aspects of life today is the widening gap between talk and action.

Looking back

Ian on Sunday When you go well past three score years and ten you are in overtime and a penalty shoot-out looms which you know you cannot win.