Over the last week or so, the lives of many of those around me seem to be spinning out of orbit, in both positive and negative ways. A friend ‘s cancer is inoperable, another falls from a ladder and breaks his spine, one lands their dream job, one gains a prestigious award, one books her travel to Katmandu, another finds out they don’t have the diagnosis they dread, another’s son flies to half way around the world… all around lives changing direction in both meticulously scripted or in completely surprising ways. All illustrating that extensive planning can change your life – and so can a random moment in time. Continue reading
So how do we feel? At the end of this summer of Olympic and Paralympic excellence, at the end of London 2012 Festival pushing art into every corner of the country, at the end of Unlimited – a four-year journey for deaf and disabled artists to stretch every muscle and sinew and bring us work that was frankly extraordinarily brilliant – how do we feel?
Elated? Exhausted? Continue reading
I was sitting around the campfire the other day, the way you do, listening to stories and someone told the tale of a great king who sent out his advisor, as a punishment to find a ring which could make a happy man sad, and a sad man happy. Continue reading
One thing I often do is write reviews – either for publications or for more internal musings (as an arts assessor for Arts Council England, for example). Either way, you write what you think and you put that out there. Continue reading
I can’t climb ropes.
I spent yesterday with a group of people who can – they were shimmying up and down like it was the easiest thing in the world.
I sat and watched them rehearse. Awe mixed with envy.
Do I want to learn to climb ropes so I can be like them? Continue reading