The motto of the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, the latest addition to the Royal Navy’s fleet (16 August 2017), is “Semper eadem.” I had to look it up – I wasn’t clever enough at school to do Latin. It means, “Always the same.” And the good residents of Hampshire who recently lined up… Read More Same old?
I took the 18:42 train from Sheffield Station. The train driver had a sense of humour. He informed us that there was no first-class carriage – “only proletariat travel on this train” – and that we’d soon be arriving at Chesterfield, or “Chezzer” as he said he liked to call it. He encouraged us to… Read More Little things …
I heard Olivia Coleman on the radio, talking about her reading style. She described how she likes to leave an appropriate gap between finishing one book and starting another – just so she doesn’t feel she’s betrayed the one she’s just put down and enjoyed so much. I feel pretty much the same about lots… Read More What a privilege …
“The world will ask you who you are, and if you don’t know, the world will tell you.” Carl Jung
With rainbow coats and floral hats, the wardrobe of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II is, without doubt, colourful. The Queen is reported to have once said: “If I wore beige, nobody would know who I am.” Leaders the world over … pay attention. You have much to learn.
“I know that change is difficult, and comes slowly, and that it is the work of many days strung together in a long line until the origin of them is forgotten.” Veronica Roth
“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.” (Elizabeth Kubler-Ross) So, what’s your take on choice? Do we each have free-will? Is everything we do pre-determined? How many of… Read More Made up your mind?
Alex Beard is chief executive of London’s Royal Opera House and thinks he has the best job in the world. His formula for success? “Hire an amazing group of people, give them the space to thrive, and keep questioning.” I especially like the “keep questioning” bit.
“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” Robert Frost
A few years ago I watched an episode of the most excellent “Malcolm in the Middle” where Lois went away for the weekend, leaving Hal at home – not quite alone, but suddenly without spousal influence or guidance. Needless to say, it all went horribly wrong. I seem to remember there was much cigarette smoking,… Read More Out of control …