After several grey weeks the sun has been out for a few days now, and though it can still be chilly in the morning, I feel like a bear waking up from hibernation. Winters drag me down, and other folks I guess, but it is undeniable that the sun brings a new energy. This is… Continue reading Can you teach an old bear new tricks?
As I get older I have become more aware of how my body works and what works for it. I have the luxury, now that I no longer have full-time employment, of being able to wait out bugs that lay me low, for instance, when in the past I would have been forced to fight… Continue reading Wanted:healthy dose of butt kicking
There is nothing that I enjoy more during the summer months than to spend the evening warmth basking in the sinking golden rays with a fine Italian ( Sophia Loren, she was a fine Italian ) Each Spring I look forward to it. The hot high noons, the bristling afternoons and the warm wrap-around evenings.… Continue reading What we did during the wettest summer in 100 years…
I start to write - to rationalise some thought process – there is nothing and there is everything – words and thoughts swim, no, float, aimlessly until plucked like a fairground duck with a hook - so much background noise – so many routes to here – I am a mass of what I was,… Continue reading Which duck will I hook ?
So, today, 14th January 2012 is the 45th anniversary of the Human Be-In in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Six months later we would have the Summer of Love. I put it to you – isn’t it time for another? Wouldn’t it be wonderful for tens of thousands of people to come together in peace,… Continue reading Please leave your iPhones at the barrier….
On Sunday we were travelling back from spending the weekend with friends when we took a pit-stop at a service station. A few people stared at the news screen hanging from the ceiling. I, like many others, was shocked to hear of Gary Speed’s death. It was almost unthinkable. Unbelievable. Everybody loved Gary Speed regardless… Continue reading Some thoughts on the sudden passing of Gary Speed
It’s that turnaround again – the old 2-5-1 or the 5-4-1 if you prefer. We’ll swing it around and start again in a few days time. Looking back, gig of the year was Alejandro Escovedo in Oxford (such great varied songs); so many great books but up there are “The 1000 Autumns of Jacob de… Continue reading That was the year that was………..
Some years ago someone told me that being creative is a bit like being an athlete. Your creative brain is a muscle that requires training just like any other. Many of us have, or have had, full time jobs that develop the more pragmatic side of our instincts rather than the creative side and thus,… Continue reading The Creative Muscle