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 […]

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 […]

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