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Vipassana Course

I’ve just finished a ten day vipassana meditation course at Dhamma Dippa in Herefordshire.  Vipassana is the meditation technique taught by Siddhārtha Gautama, also known as the Buddha and a meditation practice by this name is used throughout Theravada Buddhism.  … Continue reading

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New Shoes

I was never much of a runner, but I developed a bit of a running habit in my 40’s and used to enjoy trotting through the country lanes for about 10 miles.  I’d occasionally pop it up to the 13.1 … Continue reading

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A day at the beach

It’s been a funny old year weather-wise.  Cool nights and warm days at the start of the Summer, dry periods and then lots of cloudy days.  Saturday we made it to the coast for only the second time this year.  … Continue reading

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Papaya

Each year the Princes Trust holds a “Christmas Fayre” and their offices in central London.  It is an opportunity for businesses launched by their supported young people to showcase their products and services. One of the stalls with a definite … Continue reading

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The Yoga Diaries: Week 2

This will be boring for my non-yoga readers, but for the record, this is how the past week went: Monday:  Ashtanga primary series complete standing sequence, daily seated routine,  supported bridge,  shoulderstand 25 breaths, plough 25 breaths, headstand 25 breaths, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Pride

On Sunday evening we went to see Pride, a film based on the true story of a group of gay men and lesbians in London and the people of a mining village in South Wales who they supported during the … Continue reading

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European Same Sex Dance Competition

In my parents’ day dancing was an essential social skill.  People often either met for the first time at a dance and taking your partner dancing was often a chance for intimacy which would not have been acceptable elsewhere.   I … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lillian’s Last Affair and other stories

What to do when someone I know writes a book?  Well read it I suppose!  It’s not that I doubted that my friend Sue Katz could write:  I know she’s been published on all manner of subjects from Sarah Palin … Continue reading

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Repotting Bonsai

Spring is sprung!  There are lots of indicators from the daffodils and hedgerows in bloom, blue tits nesting in the box, to the fact that we have actually chosen to sit on the garden bench in the sun for ‘elevenses’ … Continue reading

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Yoga Enlightenment

I occasionally attend Jess Glenny’s yoga classes in Greenwich.  In addition to teaching Jess also runs a mentor group for new yoga teachers, or those wishing to look at their range of teaching techniques.  Sometimes they need ‘bodies’  to practice/experiment … Continue reading

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