Category: Blogs

The Creative Cat

A New Year’s Resolution from Leo. Allow time and space in your life for playfulness and creativity to flourish. One of the most endearing qualities of my cat, Leo, is his playfulness, and it is here that he shows his natural creativity. He gambols, he leaps, he somersaults, he does bunny hops, rolls on his…

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Christmas Blog and the Impossible Quest for Perfection

As the years go by, at a seemingly quickening pace, and, once again, Christmas approaches with a relentless inevitability, I find myself increasingly looking back to Christmases past. What an extraordinary variety of experiences they present! Sad times, happy times, fraught times, and, occasionally, magical times. Adults like to state confidently that, “Of course, Christmas…

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What’s In A Name?

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” – William Shakespeare. I feel I have to disagree with William Shakespeare. If the flower in question had been named differently, if the flower had remained the same beautiful flower we know, but had been given the name of carnation, would it have inspired poets…

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Thank You, Issey Miyake

I first discovered, over 20 years ago, the wonderful world of Pleats Please by Issey Miyake, at my favourite clothes shop, The Changing Room, in St. Christopher’s Place. I was looking for something to wear for a wedding, and was recommended to try on a silver grey Pleats Please outfit, by the Japanese designer, Issey…

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Is Chamber music a casualty of our digital age? Has the decline of empathy led to a disinterest in making music together?

Perhaps empathy can be best understood by sitting in a busy restaurant, and observing other diners in this social environment. Notice how people vary in their ability to communicate with their companions. Some show a warmth and ease with each other, others may exhibit difficulty in conversing, and there may even be a coldness, with…

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Magic and Musical Memories

Last night I was listening to an audio book, a novel by a favourite author, when I was struck by a felicitous turn of phrase. Two acquaintances had met after a piano recital, and were walking home together: “What did you think of the performance?” asked one. After a pause came the reply. “Perhaps it…

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