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Beyond our ken

In the 1980’s politics was dominated by Thatcherism. Free market liberalism, deregulation and privatisation steamrollered over post-war consensus to protect workers rights, provide a welfare state and to invest in nationalised industry to support the domestic economy. Forty years on and we’re seeing the fall out of those radical changes. The global economy is in […]

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Learning the basics

I did a HIIT session today. The set of exercises were new to me. It was an eye opener. I was amazed by the simple yet effective routine. This workout really pushed my limits. Training in the heat is a great way to build stamina. I can already see how development of these core strengths […]

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The power of choice

Much of the context of the news we receive aims to render in us a feeling of helplessness. The narrative seeks to deliver an apathetic inertia – “what’s the actual point?”. The media is highly skilled in this style of manipulation. The government encourages this injection of willful lethargy. The less questions we as a […]

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Stewardship of the mutant

I just finished reading a fantastic book by Siddhartha Mukherjee; The Gene, an intimate history. My synthesis goes like this: Science has the capability to create a genetically modified human The ethics of such a project are manifold Mutants are an essential part of evolution The most beautiful concept hints at the role of epigenetics […]

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Beltane

Today is the Pagan festival of fertility. Better known as May Day, the Beltane ritual asks us to realise our connection with nature. This ancient ceremony has a deep Celtic history. We’re celebrating Beltane here at the chili farm. We’ve shared a delicious lunch feast. Enjoyed a cheeky swim and this evening we’re having an […]

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The Great Disillusionment

I’ve been feeling for the past few weeks to write a post about an underlying dissatisfaction. There’s an intuition in my gut that says ‘something isn’t right’. You know that feeling; it’s the one you get when you know you’re being lied to but can’t quite place the source. Today, I read that post. Jonathan […]

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The end of a long range cycle

Our lives tend to run on the rails of the systems and structures that predominate to create culture and society. These constructs are manifest by collective agreement and implemented via law of the land. They’re so ubiquitous that we rarely pay any attention to them. Economic cycles are one such example. By the time we […]

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Unknown unknowns

Beyond the hysteria of the initial outbreak of Covid-19, the world appears to be adjusting to the fact that this is the way things are for now. Some folks are even talking about the ‘new normal‘. But the reality is that there are so many things that we just don’t know. The nature of the […]

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Awareness is gradual

This week I’m practising a new stretch. It’s a spine twist that helps open the hips and the chest. Nearly a decade of regular yoga and I’m just getting started with this posture. I take a couple insights from this: Awareness of blind spots is gradual The stuff that hurts is where the growth is […]

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Adapting to the metric

All our lives we are taught, trained and compelled to meet certain standards. The prevailing structure of our culture demands that we conform. Globalism in its ever expansive growth is creating a monoculture that is increasingly rigid, domineering and flaccid. As human beings we are diverse, eclectic and vibrant. It is our way to celebrate […]