Old lady, sweeping – lyrics

Old lady sweeps her path, every day In summer it’s dust, they’re making hay In Spring there’s litter, her hand springs “She must be bored.” but she sings   In winter there’s snow, her stiff broom! “She must be simple.”  well … she’s in tune “She has nought to do” she’s busy; they aren’t “She… Continue reading Old lady, sweeping – lyrics

free range grass-fed cattle in North Cornwall

Twitter pals in North America lamenting the fact that most cattle thereabouts no longer eat grass (food corporations agenda … ).   So hopefully this photo will cheer them somewhat. There are grass roots (no pun intended) movements to reverse the ‘factory’ approach to livestock in USA and hopefully this will succeed. I feel very… Continue reading free range grass-fed cattle in North Cornwall

escaping reinventing slavery housing and learned helplessness

  The Tibestian Book of the Undead  The Diary (2nd edition) of a 360 year old Vampire  part 6 Turkey, ~1850 ‘How do you get the first post to stand upright?’ asked Ibil. ‘Anlamiyorum,’ quoth I. I haven’t a clue. We were helping a neighbour (Ibil was another of my neighbours). The plan was to… Continue reading escaping reinventing slavery housing and learned helplessness

A mission statement from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

This feels a suitable moment to quote something positive from a politician, particularly in the USA:   A Better World is Possible This year, we’ve experienced the disastrous consequences of disconnected leadership that fails to meet the needs of everyday people and responds to our systemic crises by leaving everyone to fend for themselves. We’ve… Continue reading A mission statement from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

European renaissance and the Philosophy of Hermes

Philosophical quote of Hermes: “Humanity looked in awe upon the beauty and the everlasting duration of creation. The exquisite sky flooded with sunlight. The majesty of the dark night lit by celestial torches as the holy planetary powers trace their paths in the heavens in fixed and steady metre – ordering the growth of things… Continue reading European renaissance and the Philosophy of Hermes

Beyond creativity, crafts and hobbies (but dont stop!)

I’m always keen to encourage people to make, mend, improve, create ANYTHING, rather than be a passive victim of the drugs of consumerism. But the best aspect of having busy hands goes beyond the product – when one’s hands are busy, the mind has space to be receptive – and this is when the best… Continue reading Beyond creativity, crafts and hobbies (but dont stop!)

The roots of poverty in wealthy countries

  one home I can understand people squirreling away savings if they feel insecure. But if you own one house and have no debts, why worry? The only way people can really BE secure is through social cohesion … which means lending your neighbour a lawnmower, having infinite patience with alcoholics, and lead by example… Continue reading The roots of poverty in wealthy countries

Voces8 – May it Be (Enya) vocal harmony octet

Vocal harmony at it’s very best from Voces8 I’m a particular fan of the soprano voice (and stratocaster guitar!), but appreciate all voices in this amazing version of May It Be (written and sung by Enya in the film Lord of the Rings). Especially poignant in this age of climate change (and denial), corrupt politicians… Continue reading Voces8 – May it Be (Enya) vocal harmony octet

Learning to play guitar – #1

For Snowman (Pat Snow) The guitar is usually tuned EADGBE – this is a compromise between ease of playing melody and being able to play a huge variety of chords (especially bar chords). check your guitar tuning A good key to learn first is C major. This is all the white notes on a piano… Continue reading Learning to play guitar – #1

Eating disorder IS hunger, but … which food?

Late night impulses to eat, having already eaten plenty of food, are a problem for many people – sometimes for me. Until the penny dropped – feeling tired after a long day – I’m tempted to watch entertaining TV or film. Unless the film is very good, I.E. meaningful, all it’s really doing is keeping… Continue reading Eating disorder IS hunger, but … which food?

Open mind greets meaning

Variety is the spice of life, But wholeness is the banquet. It seemingly takes a lifetime to realise the important things, and even then we never know how much we’re missing. It is good to live in an age where so much information, opinion and discussion is available (online) and it feels vital to mix… Continue reading Open mind greets meaning

the experience of unity

  The central core of the experience seems to be the conviction, or insight, that the immediate now, whatever its nature, is the goal and fulfillment of all living. {A quote from “This is IT”, by Alan Watts (page 18). A favourite book of mine; first published in 1958.} In the middle of the coronavirus… Continue reading the experience of unity

organics, soul and planet

On (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8174482.stm) the news  there was a report that organic foods show no benefit to the consumers compared what they call ‘normal’ foods. By “normal”, they mean artificially fertilised, pest controlled, lower animal welfare etc. It seems typical of this fragmented age that the report doesn’t even mention the planet or the human psyche and… Continue reading organics, soul and planet

Protest votes in politics – best outcome: sociology psychology education

Elections in 21st century: 2016: Given that Trump and Clinton both serve the pathologically wealthy, who chose, in effect, both candidates, the best possible outcome to the protest votes, which have made Donald Duck the president of USA and exited Little England from the civilising and cooperative possibilities of Europe, is that the protest voters… Continue reading Protest votes in politics – best outcome: sociology psychology education

the role of empathy in transformation

  transformation begins at home A better world begins with one grow your own society contagious empathy   Tags:  IDEALS, KNOWLEDGE,  Empathy, Hope, Lead By Example, psychology, self knowledge, wisdom and quotes Related wisdom quotes: Life is a Journey arts, hope and the best possible outcome   🦉 © Peter Fairbrother @pjforguk www.pjf.org.uk 🌄

arts, hope and the best possible outcome

Thought for the day … Visionary IS Having a clear vision of something that doesn’t exist … yet. Yet … Yet it might one day. Paint your Best Possible Outcome In colours, songs, stories You never know who, or what, is listening   art therapy and symbolic meaning in ‘stories’ . In an obese, consumer… Continue reading arts, hope and the best possible outcome

Vitamins and Minerals Overview healthy food education from the Open University

A video detailing the Vitamins and Minerals the body needs; which ones the body can store; and avoiding overdose of the fat-soluble (which store in the body’s fat). This is an overview of vitamins and minerals. In this video the viewer will learn about the two classifications of vitamins and what foods are best to… Continue reading Vitamins and Minerals Overview healthy food education from the Open University

Capital in 21st Century – Piketty

Imagine:  education, hope, psychology and sharing in the global economy An excellent book, and I hope it gives me a complete picture of what is really going on in the world of money and business, and the bloody corporate matrix. I refer of course to Thomas Piketty -Capital in the Twenty-First Century a book based… Continue reading Capital in 21st Century – Piketty

listing to starboard

(thinking, or rather feeling, aloud …)   drink water eat less   walk daily enjoy work   listen to your body dance for your heart trust your gut   sing to your soul talk to your memories   mistrust corporations ignore adverts   collect books bathe in music play with words   avoid critics lead… Continue reading listing to starboard

Civilisation in 3 generations?

Without privilege, education and positive role models it has been hard for ordinary working-class people to make sense of life in one generation … but maybe in three? My grandparents’ generation were virtually all living in extreme poverty. Most of them were farm labourers, living in a tied cottage; working for a small house with… Continue reading Civilisation in 3 generations?