I am trying to find a balance between frugality and minimalism. On the surface it would seem that they are compatible but frugality means buying 100 of something if you find it on offer (so that the next 100 times you need that thing you have not paid full price for it) whereas minimalism means … Continue reading The last four things – part 1
My brain is still getting used to the idea that I spent the weekend surrounded by music and science but I have started to file my ideas and impressions (or so I think, my brain surprises me still...) Here are my post BlueDot festival recommendations and some musings it provoked. Discovering some art: there was … Continue reading Post festival musings and recommendations
It has been pointed out to me that some readers of this blog may not know where the BlueDot festival got its name. As the Voyager 1 probe was sailing away from Earth and about to leave the solar system the astronomer Carl Sagan requested that it be turned around in order to take a … Continue reading Pale Blue Dot
Day Two at BlueDot festival - shorter this time due to low batteries (phone and brain!) I'll probably elaborate when we get home, things take time to percolate in my brain 🙂 View from the motor home window...is that a radio telescope I can see?! Oh yes, the mud CAN get worse... Is time travel … Continue reading A bluer dot
BlueDot music/science festival Day One: We arrived, in our hired motorhome (because there isn't a tent on Earth large enough for all of MY creature comforts) and the young woman who directed us where to park also asked if we had the usual, glass bottles...illicit drugs. Ok, my hair is a funny colour so I … Continue reading Hmmm, is that dot really blue?
Part two of my ass kicking, self reminding and gentle prodding...Part one here Doing stuff you don’t wanna – along with reining in my ego (a bit) pausing to consider what the other people in the room might be expert on has caused me to also admit the possibility that things may end up going … Continue reading Next Round-up
We are told that perfection does not exist yet we are constantly encouraged to aim for it. Do you actually look your age? We have a cream for that (because youthfulness is closer to perfection). I have been wrestling with feelings of hypocrisy recently. I loudly proclaim that I do not want Instagram perfection yet … Continue reading Perfect
I consider myself incredibly lucky most of the time. One of the things I think myself lucky for was being born in Birmingham (UK). The word even looks lovely written down, lots of skinny letters mixed in with fat ones...glorious, and a very welcome sight on the motorway signs as you're driving home. (It is … Continue reading Big City
In a somewhat surprising turn of events (for me, no-one else would care) I have found myself on more trains in the last six weeks than I have taken in the previous 3 years. It is one of the UK's main train lines that I have been travelling on but, fortunately for me, it has … Continue reading No such thing as average.
There are various dates in January given as the day most people will abandon their New Year's resolutions, today being one of them (although I am dubious as to the science behind those sorts of 'facts'). Frankly I am surprised most people make it to the 12th (the other date when most people give up) … Continue reading Down with the Resolution, Viva the Challenge!