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Ethan Hawke on Creativity.

Actor, writer, director, Ethan Hawke recorded a TED talk in June of this year. I came across it yesterday. So far I’ve watched it three times. One of the key themes he mentions is this, being an artist is about trying to make sense of the world. It is the purpose, or role, of creatives […]

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Creativity on the Clock.

Normal is no longer ‘normal’. The rules have changed. All those books, videos, and articles, telling us how to streamline our days to gain us that often small precious window of time to achieve our creative endeavours, are now a thing of the past. Why? Because we all suddenly have gained lots of extra time. […]

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23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 3.

This stage of the Tour leaves Belgium and enters France, travelling on one of the longest routes of this edition through the famous Champagne region. Dom Perpignan will watch over the riders as they pass through the vines of Moët and Chandon. Also in this stage there is the relatively recent invention of time bonuses […]

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Day 405 – This Is What It Feels Like.

After you read this, watch this. What you are going to watch is a like writing. This is what it feels like. If it doesn’t, you must be doing it wrong. It is tricky, it is thrilling, it is dangerous. There are plenty of places where you want to get off. There is the uphill […]

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Day 392 – Pacific Island Rugby Players.

Pacific Island rugby players – those players from Fiji, Tonga, and Samoa – make up twenty percent of players in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere leagues. They don’t always get the advice and support that they need. Dan Leo, a former player himself, has been highlighting the skill and the immense physical stature of the […]

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Day 391 – What’s In The Box?

In a TED talk, J.J. Abrams talks about the mystery of the box. He explains how he was interested in magic tricks as a younger boy and once bought a box for $15 which was supposed to have tricks worth $50 in it. Here’s the thing – he never opened the box. To him the […]

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Day 390 – Dark Mode.

Earlier today I watched some highlights of the Apple event introducing the iPadOS. Giant screens, new developments, cheering and squeals from the packed venue audience. High tech glamour and entertainment. (A quick confession – I own/have owned most things Apple have produced.) Then it came . . . Excitement from the guy on the platform […]

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Day 387 – Winning in Unexpected Ways.

Rugby Union’s Exeter Chiefs and Football’s Liverpool are losers. Exeter lost the Premiership Final to Saracens and Liverpool finished second to Manchester City in the Premier League. Yet Exeter finished top of the league table, with a league points tally of 86 points. Their points tally to end the season has only been bested once […]

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Day 386 – Taking Stock.

It has been three hundred and eighty-six days since I made the decision to write with serious intent. On Day 71 I began entries in a red Moleskine notebook in Le Touquet, France. Nothing says serious writer like a Moleskine Notebook, does it? Since then I’ve written fervently. I’ve written depressively. I’ve had more ideas […]

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Reading the World.

Continuing with the theme of my last two posts, further research has led me to Ann Morgan who, in 2012, had a similar notion to me. As well as reading her way around the world, Ann Morgan has given a TED talk about the experience and the impact it has had on her. Her list […]