Away

After a lifetime of living in the city, I have finally made it back to where I started, to where we all started, really: to a natural environment. At least an environment where the tree to concrete ratio is correctly weighted to the former. Last Monday I moved to Scotland to the northwest of Glasgow…

Film Review: The Cured

From the first minute of The Cured (directed by David Freyne), the deeply unsettling presence chaos and violence made itself tangibly felt. An outbreak of a disease known as the Maze Virus has been supressed in Ireland and the infected people (for the most part) cured. The film begins with them returning to their lives,…

Reading Material: Mortal Engines – Philip Reeve

For any fans of Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines quartet with an iota of respect for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (the extended versions of course), the news of the upcoming film adaption of the former by the director of the latter will be very, very exciting. After a gap of several years, I re-read the books quite recently,…

Open & Closed

Working out what to do when there seem to be so many options – so much openness – can be tough. Working out what to do when you want to choose as many of those options as possible is even tougher. Limitation is one of the defining features of being alive, and it permeates its way through…

Feel the Rhythm

Patterns of being, behaviour, motivation and movement. These seem to make the world: they are the world. As living things, when we look to the world around and in us, we don’t see lifeless objects bumping into each other at random, we see patterns. These are replicated at every level of magnitude. Electrons orbit a nucleus, moons…

Cultivating the Witness

Ram Dass, one of the most prominent spiritual figures of our time, talks about developing the witness with regards to freeing yourself from detachment. This is a Hindu idea stemming largely from the Baghavad Gita (its central text), which I understand to be the mind clinging to the world, essentially in a bid for permanence….

Daily Post Response: Simplify

As the world spirals ever onwards into unimaginable complexity, there is a big move to pull back into a more simplified mode of being. This is part of the eternal balancing act that goes on at every level. If you have too much of one thing, you tend to then get pulled towards its opposite….

Is Karl Pilkington on the Black Mirror Production Team?

WARNING: this post has SPOILERS. If you haven’t watched Black Mirror’s latest instalment, Black Museum, go and watch it before reading this, or don’t. Either way, here be spoilers, so on your own head be it. Also, I realise there are already articles out there saying pretty much the same as this one, but I…

Disconnect Yourself…And Connect

DISCLAIMER: I totally see the irony or hypocrisy of getting this message through to people via social media. I’m justifying it with the thought that they are good for some thing, and aren’t all bad… In the UK, 88% of people think that loneliness is a problem, and although it might seem hard to define,…

Finding a Path

Does the sheer possibility of life ever make itself very obvious? It might be the naïveté of being young but this happened to me upon leaving university. In some ways it was very exciting: it felt like there are a million paths to take, as well as unmade paths that have to somehow be realised,…