As part of the Dublin Open House festival (openhouse.ie), we took a walk to the Pigeon House Power station. This abandoned Victorian power station is behind a fence for most of the year but with the Open House, we had access to the building, and some unique views of the Poolbeg Chimneys. Couple with some great weather, this was a nice way to use my new camera for the first time.
A couple of nights in Galway, coupled with a driven loop of Connemara – one of the most beautiful areas I’ve had the pleasure of visiting. Squeezed in a quick trip to Kylemore Abbey, situated in Kylemore pass – a Victorian house, convent and once upon a time, a girls school.
Here are some picture highlights.
There has been a lot of change around here. In the last seven months, I’ve turned 50, got a new job, sold my house and moved country.
In a list, it doesn’t look much, but I suspect that a therapist would talk about ‘life changes’ and tut as they wrote a small list at the top of a blank page.
Some of it has been refreshing, some of it a bit scary, most of it successful and all of it required hard work.
However, here I am. And you know, it feels pretty good!
In the process of making some of these life changes, I’ve been through a massive detox. Moving house inspired me to do a massive declutter and purge of both my physical and digital world.
Some of the work is still ongoing, and it’s giving me the impetus to get back to having a focused online presence.
So, here I am… back, and refocused.
A time always comes in an artist’s life when he must take his bearings, draw closer to his own centre, and then try to stay there… A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened. This is why, perhaps, after working and producing for twenty years, I still live with the idea that my work has not even begun.Albert Camus – 1968
Don’t aim for consistently heroic efforts. Aim for being heroic at consistency.
Heroic efforts = take a huge toll emotionally, physically, and cognitively. Not a sustainable thing to strive for.
Consistency = compounds over time. Good enough over and over again makes you great.— Brad Stulberg (@BStulberg) September 18, 2018
I’m often asked why my site has this subtitle – here’s a concise explanation:
For the second time this year, we had a chance to see Aidan Moffat and RM Hubbert live, in one of my favourite London venues – Oslo in Hackney.
Taking to the stage in novelty jumpers and hats, there was a Christmas feel about the show, with some tracks taken from their recently released ‘Ghost Stories from Christmas‘ album. We even had Asda lights, and a cracker pulled with one of the more ‘active’ audience members.
A few pictures from the show:
I tweet more than I blog. Interesting links, good reads and occasionally a pithy comment.
So to keep my content all flowing to one place – I’ve added a Twitter Digest here – each day a plugin pulls all of my tweets from the day before, and posts them here.
Hopefully will be a dynamic way to keep my site updated.
I ran five kilometres this morning. Four months ago I couldn’t run for a minute.
I used to visit the gym two or three times a week, repeat twenty or thirty minutes of cardio. Sure, I’d be sweaty and puffed out, but I couldn’t ever run. In the end, I’d blame my knees or my ankles and stick with exercise that had no impact.
Then, this winter I decided that I wanted to do some walking – I headed down to a local stretch of river and would walk three or four kilometres listening to a podcast or audiobook. Every time I would be overtaken by healthy-looking joggers and cyclists.
After completing some walking laps of Dorney Lake, I decided that I really wanted to run
Enter the NHS Couch to 5km programme – I started on June
Now, I’ve ran around Dorney Lake on a 5km track a total of four times – slowly, but surely I plod my way round.
To me, it’s proof that miracles can happen…
I did a few things to help me get there:
- Held myself accountable – a video diary, telling people I was on a journey made me accountable for my work.
- Enrolled a cheer squad – one or two positive messages of support after each run was enough to lift my spirits.
- Found the right tools – good shoes, good socks and some proper running tops made me feel like an athlete, even as I was learning.
- Geeked out – Strava and some decent Bluetooth headphones kept me amused and entertained.
- Enjoyed it – one of the best pieces of advice was to look up and out and the world as I ran.
As I’ve said on more than one of my videos, if I can do it, you can too. Take a few steps, run for a minute and before you know it, you’ll be running a five kilometre stretch.
I stumbled across Boys don’t Cry, hosted by Russell Kane today and listened to the latest episode on the way to work. It’s hosted by joe.co.uk which is an interesting online
The episode I was listening too, debated the issue of flirting in the post #metoo era and how (primarily) young men act now that the dynamics of relationships have shifted a bit.
The archive promises to discuss the ‘issues that men don’t usually like discussing’ – probing the ‘inner recesses of male insecurity’.
I’d highly recommend Boys Don’t Cry – an entertaining listen, I’m going to be working my way back through the other episodes next.
What podcasts am I missing? Let me know in the comments what I should be checking out?