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Not Brookes Branded?

This is a brief (ish) reflection on the joys and trials of being a Principal Lecturer and Programme Lead as I come to the end of my service in the role. Trigger Warning: contains opera lyrics, I’m afraid. Starting from … Continue reading

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O Sweet Woods

…the delight of solitarinesse?  I am not sure this is always the case. Dowland’s song is lovely, and does all those Elizabethan/Jacobean things about how countryside allows escape – from court, from love, from mess. The re-read of this play … Continue reading

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Secrets of the Sea

“We live in one envelope with a multitude of voices…” In a marvellous blog post on a marvellous book, Mat Tobin explores the role of the sea as it affects the psychological landscape of the book Town is By the Sea. … Continue reading

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Who Will Go Walk in the Woods?

I’m reading three books connected with trees and well-being at once at the moment: at Mat’s suggestion, Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock; Max Adams’ The Wisdom of Trees and partly at Jon’s prompting Paul Gilbert’s Overcoming Depression. In the first, … Continue reading

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Birdsong in the Morning

A mindful time in meditation might mean all sorts. Frequently for me it means trying to look over the shoulder of worries and needs to a quieter place.  Consider the wonderful line in the poem by RS Thomas, The Moor, … Continue reading

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Language Play

Overheard on the bus, a four-year-old explaining patiently to his mum: Only dogs are allowed to catch a cat. And cat is allowed to catch a mouse. The “play” here is at a number of levels. I really appreciated the … Continue reading

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Take Off Your Shoes

A reflection on the sacredness of an “interior space” has to start (for me) with a confrontational image of the sacred, something commanding awe and wonder.  Guess which I might choose? However, I also have to admit that although this … Continue reading

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Ethics, aesthetics and outdoors

I’m reading for the umpteenth time a really good book on outdoors, the Kaplans‘ The Experience of Nature. Rachel and Stephen Kaplan make some really important points in their book. It maybe didn’t have quite the impact in UK (although … Continue reading

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You Don’t Know Who You Are

A quick and mostly comic burst of pictures on Twitter show Edutwitter contributors in their adolescence(s) as a curious mix of Addams Family, aspiration  and rebellion. Who do we want to appear to be? Who did we want to appear … Continue reading

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Till We Have Faces

Three voices to follow up on my last post, and anchor it in my reading (because I really can’t stuff any more quotations into that last one): In Alan Garner’s The Owl Service, one of the young adults caught up in … Continue reading

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