‘The Truth must dazzle gradually, or every man be blind’

Out and about on dull errands in drizzly unfestive England today, I thought back to last weekend when I was in Paris. The Dickens line, 'a tale of two cities'  has never seemed so accurate. Paris has always been my quick getaway for me time to reboot. I've never taken for granted the miracle that is Eurostar, to hop on a train in London avoiding airport mayhem and arrive in the centre of Paris in less time than it can take to get to Newcastle. I've even been known to go for the day, where a few hours tricking my senses with different food, streets and sights can make me feel like I've had a fortnight a million miles from home. How different these two Capitals have always felt from each other, and now more than ever after the recent killings in Paris. After a peaceful, relaxing and invigorating weekend we arrived back at Gare ...

‘Evolution not Revolution’

Party politics is dead. Long live party politics. With parliament dissolved and only a week to go until the election, the UK is in political limbo. Take a good look. This is the last time politics will operate this way. This isn’t because everything is broken or we’re witnessing end times, but because we’re living in a rapidly evolving era of great change. Also notice how things are absolutely ticking by, the same as they always do, because the more things change the more they seem to hark back to what they were before. Evolution can be funny like that. Voters have more choice than ever, yet paradoxically, less choice, as party lines blur. Future generations may hold our present system, as a relic of how government was based not on a spiritual or ethical foundation, but on resistance and division. One obstacle in the way of political evolution is parliament itself, agreed by those on the in ...

‘There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast’

What is the Winter Solstice? Why should you care? This is not a Scroogey anti-commercial diatribe on the materialism of Christmas, you can work out your own feelings on that. But I think the Earth deserves some credit and due attention sometimes. And this day is a very special day for that. While most people are either hung over or rushing hither and thither buying up ill thought out stuff they don't need with money they don't really have, it is important to remember that today is also the Winter Solstice. Without it, pretty much all of the traditions we have at this time of year wouldn't even exist. The Winter Solstice unlike many made up religious events at this time of year is an actual thing because it is tangible and based on scientific fact. It really is the longest night and shortest day. You can feel it for sure. This year is even more ...

‘From Sadness to Serenity’

Some people experience few if any bereavements in their lives, I really have had plenty of practice at it now and while still by no means an expert have learnt enough to be able to offer some helpful thoughts. Last month my friend Aubrey died. He was 91 and for the last 3 years the Puppy and I have been visiting him at the nursing home he lived in. I feel nothing but deep calm about the whole situation and I will explain why. Nothing I write will do him, or our friendship justice but I'll have a go. This post is mainly about who he was, because he deserves the attention, but also about how I have learnt the truth of the maxim If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change About six months after Mama died to take my mind off things I became a therapy ...