Brian Eno’s wonderful 1995 diaries A Year with Swollen Appendices (finally back in print) offer an endless wealth of wit and inspiring ideas, and a fascinating snapshot of a past world that is both recent and long, long gone.
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What seven books mean the most to you? This is my selection of seven books that mean the world to me right now – a mix of current raves and lifelong faves. At the start of this year, my friend Steve Tovey tagged me in a social media challenge to share covers of seven books that […]
Our values should be a constant through life’s journey. Pinned permanently to the top of the Twitter timeline of my friend David D’Souza are some wise words from US comedian Jon Stewart on values: “If you don’t stick to your values when they are being tested, they aren’t values: they are hobbies” "If you don't […]
“Ideas arrive at such a speed, it’s like watching a fast-motion film of a flower blossom.” This is Brian Eno describing what it was like to work with David Bowie. Creativity was a never-ending torrent. The search for inspiration was a constant. There was and is too much going on in Bowie’s world to view […]
Fancy giving drawing a go, or getting back on the metaphorical drawing horse? Why not try #Inktober? I’m having a go at this 31-day exercise in producing a drawing a day as a way to “develop positive drawing habits”. You can, too! Here’s my third weekly round-up of #Inktober scrawlings. Now with added Force. Sunday […]
Do you have a core, motivating belief? Is it something that you can put into words? How open are you to the next moment? I’ve always been a great believer in randomness and serendipity. If you put your trust in the next moment, if you can open yourself to chance, precisely the right thing will […]
The idea is everything. Ideas are the most powerful thing we have. Our ability to act on our ideas – to make them real, to see where they might take us – is the greatest gift we have. Imagination – and the exploration and realisation of ideas that it enables – is at the core […]
Why is play often seen as harder to justify as we get older? Play is both a luxury activity and an essential one. Play sets the imagination free. This is captured perfectly in 2014 cinematic masterpiece The Lego Movie – the purest depiction I’ve seen of the joyous, light-speed leaps and bounds of the mind […]
If you had to pick seven songs from this year or yesteryear that have meant the world to you in 2016, what would they be? The best music is timeless. And some of it is completely free. All music plays with time. You might want a song you love never to end. You might want […]