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Existential spiral

Turns out yesterday’s grump was more than just a late start. The full moon – the biggest of the year – was a super moon. Mercury was in retrograde too. These cosmic happenings all point to a metaphorical and literal clearing out. Figure out what you want for the future and crack on. Like a […]

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Mid morning mood swings

If I get out of bed late in the morning, later than planned, I tend to have a strop. My energy levels are low, enthusiasm for the day has waned and I’m generally hard work to be around. But if I let go of the need to ‘do’ something and just sit with a cup […]

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If you’re on time you’re already late

I’ve a friend used to be in the RAF. He’s super reliable, professional and punctual. In the armed forces, timings are precise – it’s a matter of life and death. Here in Goa, twenty minutes either way is pretty normal. Folks are rarely on time. Things happen eventually rather than as per schedule. Planning to […]

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Dr Blues

My dear friend Tom has just started a music blog. He’s an aficionado on aural pleasure. We call him Dr Blues. The most recent post is a celebration of great moments in compilation history. I loved reading along with the Brazilika soundtrack on loud. You can read his latest offering at 100 playlists.

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Flowers he loved

Yesterday I wrote of people ruining everything in the quest for personal gain. Gregor Johann Mendel was responsible for the discovery of one of the most important breakthroughs in biology in modern history. While Darwin was celebrated as a genius, Mendel was barely recognised for his work. Thirty years after Mendel’s death, a trio of […]

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Cultural cock swinging

People have a tendency to ruin everything. Self serving hierarchy, status and personal recognition seep in to almost every aspect of life. Modern culture offers many examples. Whether it’s the trendy medicine scene, club culture, travel blogging, festival attending, motorcycle riding, crystal collecting, climate activism, the vegan movement, fitness training, – the list goes on. […]

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Frugal

Many moons ago my then girlfriend had this idea to create a website to help folks enjoy London on the cheap. It was a great concept. Someone had already done it. The thing with modern life is that there’s this enormous pressure to keep spending. The whole capitalist system depends upon relentless growth. Much of […]

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what3words

There’s this amazing new way to give exact locations to anywhere in the world. what3words is the brilliant new geo-locational platform that is revolutionising search and rescue, to give but one example of it’s radically useful applications. Here’s where I play beach football on Tuesday and Thursday. If you ever find yourself waiting for someone […]

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Three little words I don’t use anymore

There are three popular words that I’ve removed from my vernacular. I believe that language matters. That thoughts are things and that the words we use casts the spell. Hope: this is an essentially human characteristic and it’s part of the modern condition to hope that things work out OK. But, in my view, it’s […]

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Birdsong

Our veranda looks out over a handful of crops farmed by the neighbours. Beyond that it’s semi jungle before a hill swoops up behind. It’s a very green place. The morning chorus is pretty wild. Birds of many varieties sing their song; parrots, kites, roller birds, kingfishers, mynas, sparrows; too many to list. I feel […]