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Consultation on Music Streaming

The UK Parliament Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee are asking for responses to a consultation on music streaming in order to inform future policy changes. This is extremely important for the UK music industry as a whole as the technological changes that have occurred over the past few decades have fundamentally altered the way […]

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Spectacular autumn in Scotland

Today we’re highlighting some of amazing wildlife spectacles you can see in Scotland in autumn, including the fierce deer rut, thousands of migrating… Spectacular autumn in Scotland This is a repost from the Scotland’s Nature blog. See a full list of my blog posts here.

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World Mental Health Day 2020

ॐ ​सर्वेषां स्वस्तिर्भवतु ।सर्वेषां शान्तिर्भवतु ।सर्वेषां पूर्नं भवतु ।​सर्वेषां मड्गलं भवतु ॥ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः Om Sarveśām Svastir BhavatuSarveśām Shāntir BhavatuSarveśām Pūrnam BhavatuSarveśām Maṇgalam BhavatuOm Shanti, Shanti, Shanti May there be happiness in allMay there be peace in allMay there be completeness in all​May there be success in allOm Peace, Peace, Peace The above was copied […]

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Botanics Sparrowhawk Blog

I’ve been doing quite a lot of research recently on how to enhance my website and blog and while doing this I revisited the Botanics Sparrowhawk blog I used to write when I worked there. I really enjoyed doing this especially as it meant I was able to spend time observing the sparrowhawks that live […]

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National Poetry Day 2020: Vision

Today is National Poetry Day 2020 and the theme this year is “Vision”. I thought that this would be a very timely opportunity for me to share with you a poem which is called “A Vision” (a nod to W. B. Yeats) that I wrote quite a few years ago now and was included on […]

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Descartes

I opened a book on philosophy today that my daughter gave me and I happened across the chapter on Descartes’ Principles of Philosophy. This is how it began: The seeker after truth must, once in the course of his life, doubt everything, as far as is possible.Since we began life as infants, and made various […]

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New Music Paradigm

It’s sad to say it but I think I’m going off dance music. Perhaps it’s just because I’m getting older but I also have been thinking today about music and the way it is created just now and I’m thinking that it’s time to totally reassess this situation. It’s time to create a new music […]

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Merlin’s Modern Myths

Many, many years ago I wrote a series of seven stories about Merlin and self-published them in a little pamphlet that I made myself. I still have a copy and the rest I put into book shops. So there are copies out there somewhere. Anyway I thought I would add them to my website for […]

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This is the Beginning

I have been watching what has been going on today in America on Twitter and although I didn’t want to post anything on Social Media because I felt that my reactions would be too unconsidered, I have this blog and I can use this platform to raise my voice about what I see is going […]

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Limitations in Nature

I was looking up at the moon this evening which is rapidly coming up to the First Quarter and it got me thinking about the notion of limits. The moon is a brilliant teacher of this because it grows larger and smaller but it never goes outside its own limits when it is at its […]

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Almost the New Moon

Today is the 30th day of the lunar cycle and unless I see the new moon tonight it will be the first day of the new lunar cycle tomorrow. If I see the New Moon tonight then today is the first day of the new lunar cycle but we shall see. I’ve been keeping track […]

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Mental Health Awareness Week

As it’s the start of Mental Health Awareness Week I thought I would share this poem I wrote earlier this year. 2020 has been a challenging year hasn’t it. Threshold At the threshold of sleep Falling asleep and waking I encounter the biggest challenge. To step over that threshold Is like a giant leap for […]

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Why so many con-men?

I was just reading an article in the Atlantic Monthly about an American academic at Oxford who used his position to steal and sell fragments of papyrus to an American collector. It’s a fascinating story and I was drawn to it as I’m currently staying in Oxford. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/06/museum-of-the-bible-obbink-gospel-of-mark/610576/ It made me wonder though why there […]

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Fundraising for a New Album

After seeing one of my friends post a fundraiser today I was inspired to do one myself. I have been really wanting to do a new album of poetry and music for a long time and just recently I started thinking about it again. I have definitely written enough poetry to do one and I […]

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Earth Day 2020

Happy Earth Day! The place where I’m staying just now has an excellent view over a river and I’ve been watching the fish swim in it, some of which must be about half a metre in length, maybe more, as they can be seen from my room in the top floor. As the window is […]