Monthly Archives: August 2013

How to Be Formidable

Everybody recognises a formidable person when they see one.  It’s somebody you have no doubt will achieve what they set out to achieve.  They have unstoppable momentum.  Nothing that gets in their way will stay there very long.  You just … Continue reading

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It’s an Outrage

The thing that outrages me is that there is so much that is so utterly outrageous, in this world, yet nobody seems to be outraged.  OK, perhaps outrage is not a useful response to the outrageous, in that it might … Continue reading

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What’s The Opposite of Anxiety?

I read somewhere, recently (perhaps in Seth Godin’s blog) that anxiety is merely experiencing the emotions associated with future, imagined failure, in the present.  That’s an interesting thought.  We don’t seem to have a way of describing the emotional experience … Continue reading

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The Competence Trap

You would think that being good at a lot of things, to a standard better than average, would be a good thing and you would be right, in the main.  It’s very useful to be competent at a lot of … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t Seaside Resorts Thriving?

It’s a mystery to me why seaside resorts are not becoming vibrant, thriving, bustling artistic communities filled with creative industries.  Actually, it’s not wholly a mystery.  There are reasons, but my assertion is that the reasons could and should be … Continue reading

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Confidence of Line

I spent an afternoon in the Pompidou Centre, viewing their permanent collection of modern art.  It’s a magnificent collection, well worth seeing, with works by some of my favourite artists, including Picasso, Chagall, Kandinsky, Lichtenstein, Goncharova and Larianov.  Having all … Continue reading

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Life Is Fragile

My grandmother used to crochet.  She would spend hours making granny squares, until they got to be gigantic enough to form lovely, warm, woollen blankets.  All of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren have them.  She would crochet in front … Continue reading

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