We are fooled by a scientific education if we believe that
the accumulation knowledge brings us ever closer to the
world around us. It is not knowledge that counts, when we
are talking about direct and immediate human experience, it
“There is a...
Picture yourself enjoying a meal outside an auberge in the
Provençal countryside. The fields of lavender roll off into
the distance. French voices murmur around you. You’re
served a beautiful chilled Rosé in a rustic earthenware
carafe. You ask what it is. The owner...
Oh Pleasure! you’re indeed a pleasant thing,
Although one must be damned for you, no doubt;
I make a resolution every spring
Of reformation, ere the year run out,
But, somehow, this my vestal vow takes wing,
Yet still, I trust, it...
Somehow it is part of my nature, whenever something curious
or unexpected happens, to ask myself, “What can I learn
from this?” As I reflected on the stories I have
collected, I reached an unexpected conclusion: all of them
dealt with some sort of...
A Google image search for “me time” brings up familiar
photos: women (often with towels on their heads), holding
cups of tea (often in two hands, like prayer for sanity),
sitting in fragrant baths, or doing Yoga (often on the
For many, “me time”...
You can mark your progress breath by breath.
Literally. And it's there that I recommend you begin. Every
time you think I hate that f****** b****, I want you to
neutralize that thought with a breath. Calm your mind.
Breathe in deeply with intention,...
As Muhammed Ali entered the ring to face George Foreman
before their epic 1974 "Rumble in the Jungle" fight, he
noticed that the humid Zaire air had slightly loosened the
tension in the ropes around the boxing ring. In that instant
Ali came up...
I was born in London and by the age of ten I was traveling
around the city by bus on my own. Thus exploring the places
beyond my neighbourhood, I came to realise that the
metropolis was far larger and more diverse than...
When you are able to improvise, almost anything becomes
possible. I really believe that - and just as I was planning
to write this blog post I was handed a wonderful example of
improvisation actually saving people's lives.
But what do I mean by...
I'm currently sitting my living room, working, with the
balcony door open. There is no music on, but there is a lot
of sound. There's a long, underlying wash of distant
traffic, and differently-pitched drones of motorbikes and
cars close by, which swell and...
What do we want from art? A couple of weeks ago I was in
Madrid with my wife, visiting the city for the first time.
Like all committed culture vultures, we were determined to
tackle as many museums and galleries as we possibly...