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Homemade Cheesecake

I love music. That’s not to say I crave noise, often music with bigger gaps between the notes is more effecting than the rattle & hum of a rocking dopamine fest. Though that can be good too! I’ve blogged naive thoughts about music before. Search ‘music‘. Psychologist Steven Pinker wrote, “music is auditory cheesecake, an […]

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Unfiltered

The first time this year, I took the dog out on the field this morning. It was glorious. The sound of birds, the smell of thawing field, the warmth of the sunrise, the bright glistening frost, the hints of buds and capillary-like branches stretching with imminent hope of something… the sensational experience was more than […]

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Tempo rubato…

As the season of maniacal merriment mechanically approaches… breathe. I am torn between contemplation and mere acceptance. Alas, it’s my nature to question and cogitate while the rest of the world seems to just get on with stuff. Outside the window, there was no music…   As winter bites, sometimes it feels (and feeling is […]

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The fundamental things apply…

Within life’s repetitions, we might see individuals’ difference, freshness, novelty, divergence, innovations… While taking a break in the homeland last week, we were travelling the coast road and the ever-vibrant @DavidWhite played the 1974 summer classic Beach Baby by The First Class. As moods were lifted, it struck me that the horn in the final […]

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Needs and wants…

I’ve just had some days off from ‘work’, and any ritual routines and soft disciplines have gone out the window. My daily endorphin hit and my usual duties have been replaced with some priceless time with my family, and time to conjure thoughts, needs and wants. A certain old lady once said… “When you need […]

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Flowering… Giving up Lent?

Who can miss the blossom? I wonder do we all notice it? I think we do. Even the most hardened amongst us sense the growth outside at (almost) Springtime. You may have noticed that my bike commute pictures have recently taken second place, as my mind has been occupied with learning lines (more on that […]

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To Amble…

Verb: amble. Not ‘ramble’: not, to wander around in a leisurely, aimless manner. But to ‘amble’: move at a slow, relaxed pace. The word originally denoting a horse’s gait, moving with a slow four-beat rhythm. From the Old French ambler, from Latin ambulare ‘to walk’. We recently took some time out and, much thanks to […]

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Pulse, and breath…

“Here we go round the mulberry bush on a cold and frosty morning…” I wonder if Van Gogh sang this in the asylum as he painted? “…painted during a time of great self-awareness and yet surrounded by chaos.” “On a cold and frosty morning…” is an action song my wife sings as she teaches infants […]

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Tale as old as time…?

It’s a time of stories. Through the rest of the year time flies. Essentially, routine and habit take us through our days, but at Christmas, if we are lucky, we get some time out and a chance to suspend disbelief. Hope and freedom for all!? View this post on Instagram A post shared by 𝙹𝚞𝚕𝚎𝚜 […]

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Biking Gadgets

Ok, I’m not a gadget type of person, and yes, my philosophy is ‘just get on and ride’, but we all enjoy toys. You don’t ‘need’ all that must-have cycle-stuff that’s papped out but the cycle sites, and you don’t need all that ‘get while you can’ stuff in the Aldi-etc catalogues.  Yes, I went […]