The balance and pace of life

Thought-provoking and engaging evening with the FT’s Slow Lane columnist Harry Eyres: at Civics, Harry’s gentle style, lightly worn range of reference and deft ability to challenge orthodoxies provoke good discussions on the balance in our lives: work/life, human/nature and virtual/real. Intriguing links are developed between economics, environmentalism and pace of life. If the Slow Movement (which started in Piedmont in 1989 with the Slow Food movement) had a coherent educational wing, what would be its curriculum and how would its day be organised? Harry’s sense was that much time would be devoted to the classics – not only the well-known Greek and Roman works, but also the great classical works of ancient China; and that things such as smart phones, with their tendency to distract and prevent us from engaging at the level which you can with a book, would need to take a back seat. Central to the evening was an awareness that all too easily humanity gets pushed to one side; well captured in his plea that we need to “re-discover the lost art of conviviality”.

By Keith Budge, Headmaster, Bedales Schools


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music school. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.