An Inspiring Inbox

Emails can sometimes seem like a waste of time. Almost by accident, most of us end up subscribing to a bunch of stuff we never actually read. I’ve taken the time in the last few months to unsubscribe from the rubbish, and so my inbox today was a particularly rich source of inspiration. In the order I received them, today …

What happened on your birthday?

I recently signed up to a series of emails from Mike at Fevered Mutterings called “You’re So Not Bored” where he gives you ideas for things to do when you are bored. One of them is to find out everything you can about the day you were born … Up until yesterday, about the only thing I knew about October …

Quick guide to Iceland

Two years ago, I spent a brilliant couple of days in Iceland. A friend of mine is heading out there soon, and asked me about what I’d done, and where I’d been … it occurred to me that a quick guide to Iceland might be useful to a few other people out there as well, so – assuming you’re flying …

Push-Up Challenge … 1 Year On

Some of you will remember the 22 Push-Up Challenge that did the rounds last summer, raising awareness of PTSD. Like a lot of people, I was nominated by a couple of friends. I remember wondering if there was any point to it – would filming myself doing 22 push-ups really make any difference to PTSD sufferers out there? I anticipated …

Purple Aid – Building Update

I’m off to South Africa in November, and today we had some really exciting news about the project. My friend and colleague on the project, Simon – affectionately known as Spike – wrote a brilliant piece on Facebook about the latest developments, and I thought I’d share it with you … I’ve received some news today that warms my soul …

An Unexpected Gig

Several weeks ago, I went to a jam session and played with a couple of local musicians I’d not worked with before. It must have been OK, as they asked me to help out supporting the brilliant Hannah White last night. Organised by the local hospital radio station, Sunshine Radio, the gig took place at one of my favourite local …

One Night In A Bivvy Bag

Over the years, I’ve camped quite a lot. Often in north Devon, and always in a tent. But this week, I came across the phrase ‘bivvy bag’ for the first time, and now the rules of camping have changed. A bivvy (short for bivouac, and sometimes spelt ‘bivi’) bag is a waterproof cover for a sleeping bag, and using one …

Blues and Boogie Jam Night

About a year ago, a guy I know took over running a local Arts Centre. They have all sorts of interesting things going on and I spend quite a lot of time there (nothing at all to do with the amazing coconut and lime cake they sell). Today, they had their first ‘Big Piano Blues & Boogie Jam Session’, which …