Senses working overtime…

Way back in 1982 the the English band XTC released the single Senses Working Overtime: And I can see, hear, smell, touch, taste And I’ve got one, two, three, four, five Senses working overtime Trying to take this all in… Senses Working Overtime, XTC Sad to say, this is not how I live my life […]

Live on Phoenix FM!

A few days ago I had the privilege and pleasure of joining Patrick Sherring on his Phoenix FM show, Friday Night Extra. (You can find a recording of the show here, along with a brief summary of our chat, plus a playlist.) Patrick had come across my poem As a Child in a blog post, and on […]

Let’s go fly a kite!

Today, I flew my kite – for the first time in far too long. We’d driven out to Frinton-on-Sea, on the Essex coast. Behind the beach and promenade is a wide, open area of grassland known as the greensward – perfect for flying kites in the sea breeze. My kite is an “easy flyer” – it’s very […]

Playful running – parkrun

I am not a runner – but I do love parkrun! In case you don’t know about parkrun, it is a 5km (3.1 mile) timed running event, held each week in hundreds of parks across the UK and beyond. It is entirely free to take part, and is open to runners (and, indeed, walkers) of […]

Work, Rest and Play

Those of us of a certain age (and who grew up in the UK) will doubtless remember this advertising slogan: A Mars a day helps you work, rest and play. Sadly the slogan is no more, presumably consigned to history by more rigorous advertising standards. But – it seems to me – ‘work, rest and […]

A Playful Commute

In my previous post (back in November!) I wrote of making work more playful. Here, at last, is an example – the daily commute. (I realise not everyone commutes to work – or has a commute like mine – but hopefully this will still serve as a useful illustration of how to make any work […]

How to Play?

In my previous post I suggested that play has no purpose – and encouraged us to make all of life more playful by incorporating more things that have no purpose at all! But, of course, the reality is that life is full of things that ‘have to be done’. I was going to enumerate some of […]

What is Play? 

What is Play? And what does it mean to be playful? Much wiser heads than mine have considered and written on this subject, and I won’t pretend to have anything more than the most passing acquaintance with their conclusions. Clearly ‘play’ is a complex and multi-faceted subject. But, for me, there is one thing above […]

Talk: God’s Call to Littleness

In January I had the honour of speaking at Emmanuel church, Billericay, on God’s Call to Littleness. If you’d like to, you can listen to my talk here. Thank you for your interest!

Up Escalator

On the up escalator You’re on the up escalator But you’re living in an upside down world Up Escalator by Love and Money From the album Strange Kind of Love Love and Money are, to my mind, one of the most underrated and neglected bands of the late 80s and early 90s. A rock/soul/funk band […]

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