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kind words

“We all care about you, we will keep caring until and beyond, [when] you are strong enough to care for and about yourself…” kind words… I like to make a note of stuff that sparks my synapses, and here is where I occasionally share my rough thoughts. I was cycling home the other day and […]

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A covenant…

An agreement between people to do or not do something specific. I’m currently reading ‘Logging Off’ by Nick Spalding, where midlife man ‘Andy’ starts a sixty-day digital detox. Andy sort of makes a covenant with himself to do stuff differently. It’s amusing, I’ll let you know if it’s life changing. But, it’s the subject of […]

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Sign language

Where am I? Where are we, when the longest queue in the small-town-village is the queue for the bookies, and the popular entertainment of choice is escapist superhero mystery & myth action movies? I am thankful – I sit here in my garden, what I have right now are memories of a good holiday, a […]

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Perhaps it’s about feeling?

Along with thousands of others, over the isolation period, we took a weekly dose of Grayson Perry’s Art Club on Channel 4.  Thanks, Grayson and Philipa, it’s been a very welcome tonic. It was a little bit silly, it was a little bit odd… It was the last episode this week. Art is about mixing […]

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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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Words

Words…  Go Big Reach Love Find Swim Run Grasp Hello… Without certain words, the futility of everything can seem utterly defeating. So understandably we all look for a validating script, a role, a purpose… As it’s been half-term I have of course been thinking too much, but hey that’s what I do. Yes, I need […]

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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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Sunday Mornings

I love Sunday Mornings. Space, to stop, pause and listen to relative silence (don’t mention the tinnitus). I love thinking, and I’m often a victim of the paralysis of analysis. However, I love sensing the glimpse and sparkle of the gap between the building blocks. I love the moment when the information and advice and […]

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Hoodwinked?

Hoodwinked? We watched The Greatest Showman recently, a last treat of the festive season. Fabulous! “People come to my show for the pleasure of being hoodwinked” says Hugh Jackman as showman Phineas Taylor Barnum in the film. We went to see Scrooge at Leicester Curve at Christmas. Again, fabulous. I recall tweeting afterward, ‘if one could […]

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A walk around Goscote…

You may have seen some of the walks we’ve posted before here: ‘walks’.  Unlike the other walks, if you live in Goscote, this involves no car. We tend to say, there’s no nice walk around Goscote, you need to drive somewhere, but actually, there is. Below is a simple 7 miler, that circles around Wreake […]