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Sit up and breathe!

  My daughter says ‘there’s no such thing as perfection, only improvement’. I’m told, it’s what her teacher says.   You may remember my old ‘Specialized’ bike above gradually transformed from the standard off-the-self bike, to a more relaxed sit-up and breathe kind of thing.  My riding style gradually changed from: A. Trying to co-exist […]

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Pause, Breathe, Relax, Smile…

I came across this simple grounding technique after following a live email series, led by Brian Draper. It’s been niggling me for a few months, and so I’ve put together the quick visual above. Pause, Breathe, Relax, Smile… Compiled by Jules P Richards. Visuals: mitchmartinez.com and vidsplay.com Pause, Breathe, Relax, Smile – It’s a simple but powerful […]

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January February

Argh!!!!!!!!!* I woke up this morning with a Boyzone song in my head!? “No matter what they tell us…“ What!? Where did that come from? I don’t even know who Boyzone are!Sensing an intoxicating earworm, after six words, my wife said “No! Stop!”… it was too late we were both infected. Alas here’s another one […]

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Signs of hope, love, and… resilience?

Still seeking signs of hope, love, and… (perhaps the word of the year) resilience? It’s a difficult time – for some it’s almost impossible, for others it’s unimaginable, for many it’s just cancellations, restrictions, and extreme limitations… life on pause? However, the recent newsletter from the kids’ school was packed with great ideas, enthusiasm and […]

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Delights Innumerable

We wish you innumerable delights and best hopes for 2021… Back in October, after another Government imposed stint of self-isolation, I shared a random compilation of images from my Instagram feed – minus the inevitable shots of pets, food & drink of course. I very often find the vibrancy and intensity of the world around me […]

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Balance… + tea + muffins

I am here. We are here. Balance and grounding… Many of us have recently been forced to re-evaluate things. The pandemic has forced many to stop, pause, quarantine…  find our home. Recently my wife, kids and I were forced to literally ‘go home’ – after one day on the other side of the country on […]

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Airless tyres – an update…

So an update on the post in January: ‘Airless Tyres‘ Back in Feb 2011 I said ‘Never in a month of Sundays…’ but now on 2020, it’s my 10th year ‘commuting by bike’, or rather simply riding a bike to and from work daily. You can read about it here: Think again? – Feb 2011 – ‘Never […]

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Community-hope

The Coronavirus restrictions and the media storms that have accompanied them have coerced us to all become more like islands, but ‘we are involved in humanity’… Like many I guess, my mind has found itself not in a great place recently (relatively). Struggles with our responsibilities, worries for our kids, relationship insecurities, finance struggles… The […]

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Hope, trust, breath, life?

When the sun’s out, we can be content with the things we recognise; the patterns, habits, and narratives or stories that give meaning to stuff. These everyday assurances or comforts will differ from person to person. Occasionally the sun is not out – sometimes assurances break down. Our assumptions, the things we rely on being […]

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Is all well?

Amongst the raw anguish and alarm, Spring is here. It’s impossible to say anything that makes much sense of current events.We hear again this week of friends that have passed away. We hear this week of friends in desperate fear. We hear of all kinds of injustice and raw dejection.   But, away from the noise, […]