We are into the middle of 2020 (though given the nature of calendars, years defined by different cultures and traditions - ambiguity is close at hand). It’s anywhere between a few months and 6 months that people around the world have, in one way or another, to one degree or another – been affected and... Continue Reading →

“Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.” - Buddha Siddhartha Guatama Shakyamuni -

Sympathy and Compassion in the time of Covid-19

What my first ‘yes another soapbox’ blog-post didn’t focus on is sympathy and compassion.  It didn’t look at the aspect of the economic impact, on individuals (and the corporate world) and the challenge of aligning the economic with the health dimension (a pandemic’s dimensions of infection and death). Whether it is a self-employed Life Coach... Continue Reading →

yes another soapbox

With Tantrum Trump monopolizing the fields of satire, disruption and outrage, and Covid-19 dominating global grief, conspiracy garbage, and pandemic death – it’s difficult to get a handle on the events that have consumed life in 2020 – everywhere and for everyone (though some more or less so than others). That Trump exists is an... Continue Reading →

Rain, Poetry And Thunder

So the rain's pouring down. There was a shitload of thunder in the last five minutes, which I attempted to record, and I posed a question (was it a question? Maybe not. Just a thought). We can write words and we can speak words, sentences, paragraphs, whole chapters, whole poems, epic ones, free verse ones,... Continue Reading →

Every one is precious. I am usually cautious with the expression 'hero' - all my life I have experienced inspiration from other people. I have noticed this has been independent of their social position, economic worth, their gender, sexual preferences, colour or creed. We are all heroes - but I also see these are special... Continue Reading →

Oktoberfest 2020: 6.3 Million Visitors Will Not Be Attending

Munich’s ‘Wiesn’ (Okoberfest) is billed as the biggest Volksfest (Folk Festival) in the world. Each year Munich hosts around 6.3 million visitors, in a 2 week period. Over the years it has grown into what it is today – a mammoth machine of marketing, tradition, and turbo-consumption. In 2019,  7.3 million liters of beer were... Continue Reading →

Noam Chomsky makes a good point (in various recent interviews) that historically, fascism was the state taking over all business and Trumpism is business / the corporate taking over the state – ‘isms’ are not carved in stone. The US has, in Trump, a wannabe autocrat / absolutist dictator - this is the worst aspects of... Continue Reading →

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