Category Archives: Life



I’m reading James Lovelock’s famous ‘Gaia’ – the first airing of the hypothesis that the planet (and not just we creatures on it) is itself a self-regulating living system. Lovelock got plenty of stick for this book. A scientist accused … Continue reading

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To infinity and beyond…

Last weekend at twilight by the seaside, I took this photo.  It picks up a theme I’m reading about at the moment; which is getting into the habit of looking a little beyond what’s happening right in front of you.  … Continue reading

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Everybody’s talkin’ at me…

I sat through nearly two days of interviews this week. And, as so often, was amazed by how much people like to talk – and what they shared!  Surely the most valuable thing to learn in life (and certainly in … Continue reading

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Smile, surf, sleep

Smile Talking to my daughter about her friendship angst this morning, I advocated she try a welcoming smile.  I told her about the nice lady at work who told me about the cold snap in Romania and how it’s threatening … Continue reading

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Bank Holiday view; spot the nuclear power station… oops. Feeling a little jaded today after a late night and a long drive back from the Welsh borders – I’m not much looking forward to work tomorrow. How fortunate to stumble … Continue reading

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Confrontation and Compassion

Compassion came up a number of times this week – on Tuesday in the context of confrontation; and yesterday as a way to run an entire organisation. Of course the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu would argue (in the … Continue reading

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The rather wonderful Disney kids film ‘Inside Out’ suggests the eponymous ‘Joy’ (above) represents our original childlike state. In the film, the loss of ‘Joy’ deep into the vaults of memory is the bridge to the discovery of the more … Continue reading

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Jiro Dreams of Sushi

This rather wonderful documentary was recommended to me nearly four years ago, when I visited Japan.  With the hustle and bustle of family and working life I’d forgotten it; but thanks to the digital traces we leave everywhere, I re-found … Continue reading

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The Emperor’s Questions 

I think I increasingly knew this; but sometimes you need someone to express it clearly for you. Thich Nhat Hahn quoting Tolstoy does the job:  “One day it occurred to a certain emperor that if he only knew the answers … Continue reading

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Slimes of Passion

Some weeks ago I started to notice blobs of candy-pink sludge in the bottom of cups… The outbreak spread to larger food containers, before regularly plaguing all three sinks in the house… Then my shaving foam started moving about. Tackling … Continue reading

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