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When things turn ugly

'When things turn ugly' is an English expression that describes human behaviour changing from debate to confrontation and even violence. It is a powerful and precise phrase because, it’s not difficult to detect when it happens. I have chosen this as my theme this week because, no matter how we look at the world around us, especially in the political arena, things are beginning to turn ugly. Be it in the UK with politicians becoming ever more discourteous and aggressive towards each other, or by the lack of tolerance being promoted by people in high places.  I believe it can [...]

2018-11-16T16:08:55+00:000 Comments

Rainy day thoughts

I have a giant backlog of work; taken too much on again. So here I am on a Sunday afternoon behind the screen of a computer while the rain gently falls on the flat roof of my home office. I have been here all day, I need a break and a boost to get me through. But I am still smiling because, this last half an hour I have been listening to a CD that has lifted my spirits – Steely Dan’s ‘Countdown to Ecstasy’. I haven’t heard it for years, probably more than 30! It doesn’t so much as [...]

2018-09-23T16:06:58+00:002 Comments

What would you give up to reach your goals?

As I sit here, listening to a CD of young musicians playing Mozart, my mind turns to tomorrow and the day I will spend with eight other professionals, assessing who of the 16 young hopeful musicians will go through to the finals of The Young Belgian Talent, classical music competition. Then my mind turns to a recent conversation about goals, dedication and sacrifice to achieve one’s dream. There can be no doubt of the number of hours a classical musician must invest learning their craft and then the even greater amount, as their future unfolds. Hundreds of days a year [...]

2018-08-31T14:48:27+00:000 Comments

Blind belief

I don’t know about you, but when I become involved in an argument I can sometimes exaggerate the defence of my beliefs to the point of looking foolish.  I was watching a documentary on what motivates some women to continue to support Donald Trump when, in all other circumstances, had the same sexual harassment allegations been made about almost anyone else, they would be surely have not dismissed them as ‘locker room banter’, in the way they do for him. Don’t get me wrong, this article is not about the current president of the USA but about why we are [...]

2018-08-15T08:20:41+00:000 Comments

Another new discovery?

I was a bit shocked yesterday to read the news that scientists have discovered a previously undetected human organ (apparently to be called the interstitium) just under the skin. It seems incredible that it wasn’t known before? Upon reading a number of articles this morning and speaking with a knowledgeable person on the topic, it appears that this revolutionary new discovery is not so new after all. (Although it does already have its own Instertitium/Wikkipedia page). I like discovering new knowledge, in fact my brain is constantly on the lookout for it.  But more often than not, when I sit [...]

2018-03-30T11:11:27+00:000 Comments