Thursday, February 26, 2015

Today's Happiness Experiment entry - Beautiful


Up on the Roof and Natural Woman in Beautiful (Carole King musical) with Ma

Reading about A Love Supreme (while listening to it) Ashley Kahn book

Signing off 3 eps of 24 Hour Party Politics

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Today's Happiness Experiment entry - Woods & Zombies

Buying a gig ticket for Enfant Terrible No. 2 (Flatbush Zombies) - he's so excited, planning his trip to Brixton weeks in advance

A lunchtime chat with an Australian and an American colleague (followed by a short burst of book reading, Into The Woods)

The late afternoon sun as I worked up on the top floor of C4






Sunday, February 08, 2015

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Watching a young England rugby team beat Wales at the Millennium Stadium, in particular Jonathan Joseph's masterful try

Reading Breaking the Code in the sunlit back garden

Watching the film BAFTAs with the Enfants Terribles (after a roast beef dinner together)






Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

The text from N telling me Spurs had beaten Arsenal thanks to two goals from Harry Kane

A shower in the coloured dot shower

Breakfast with Eileen and Matthew at Joan's


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Un Moment

Yesterday I had the satisfaction of knowing a French phrase that the two Francophones at the table did not know: Un ciel maquereau

= mackeral sky

= altocumulus undulatus

Coming to terms with the Human Condition

The essence of a conversation in the car this morning with Enfant Terrible No. 1 which started from talking about a young woman (26) who has recently lost her father to whom she was very close.

To come to terms with our mortality - which could be called Wisdom - we need to do two things, from my experience:

(1) live in the present - as opposed to religion which usually tries to convince us that there is a future beyond death (meditation is one way to regularly drag yourself back to the present) - this is the best way to make use of the limited time you do have, appreciating and using every moment (which does not mean you need to be constantly active/productive)

(2) decide what you want to do with your time - will you use it for yourself or others? ultimately it is most satisfying to do the latter.


Thursday's Happiness Experiment entry



Some flakes of snow outside La Rugoletta with Marco & Clemence, N & D

Kick-off meeting for Just Cos with Kell & Dan

Drinking Madeira wine with Marco

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Wander around St Pancras & Islington cemetery with Marco & Clemence in late afternoon

Enjoying the paintings and interiors at Kenwood with M&C

Laughing at the dinner table with D & family (near Saracens)


Star Spot #516

w/e 30/1/15 Alex Brooker (Last Leg) - HFR


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Picking up Bowie's Berlin trilogy near Checkpoint Charlie and listening to it

Saturday night at the flicks with D

Doing a walking tour of Berlin with D including the Holocaust memorial





Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Seeing bits of the Berlin Wall with D (especially a section inside a new building)

Going round a flea market (in Mauerpark)

D delighting in cafe society

Friday, January 16, 2015

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Late afternoon sun catching the top of the eucalyptus tree

Lunchtime run around St Pancras & Islington cemetery

Lavender bath