Ask A Friend

One of the other tasks for the first week was to ask people to answer some questions about you, on the basis that we don’t see ourselves as others do. A questionnaire was provided.   After wasting far too long trying to format it allowing space for replies, I gave up and typed the questions from scratch. And still I managed somehow not to read them or think about them. Continue reading Ask A Friend

She fell to earth in Berkeley Square.

‘I shot an arrow in the air.  She fell to earth in Berkeley Square.’  From one of my favourite movies: Kind Hearts and Coronets.

In town today, and on my way back to the tube, I walked through Berkeley Square. Without having intended to, I sat on a bench in the shade. All around me were people: workers, spilling out of nearby offices and enjoying their lunch break outdoors with friends and colleagues, a book, or their phone. Continue reading She fell to earth in Berkeley Square.

Teddy Roosevelt

‘Your first task is a Roosevelt task’, they said.

Theodore Roosevelt apparently believed: ‘In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.’ So we were being asked to do something. ANYTHING. ‘It should be something fun’, they said, ‘that you would not normally do’. Continue reading Teddy Roosevelt