Aug

27

Personal Worst

It’s been just over 48 hours since I walked, ran but mostly limped a marathon, and I think I’ve recovered now enough to string a few thoughts together—I’ve almost stopped limping. It was my worst ever effort. I haven’t kept count over the years of how many marathons I have run—somewhere in the low double […]

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Jul

28

World’s Tallest, Smallest Horses Lifted, Literally

You’ve lifted heads of state, celebrities, community leaders, athletes and musicians overhead—physically. What on earth would you lift next? How about the world’s tallest horse? And the world’s smallest. Within the space of a single month. For 75 year old New York based weight-lifter, humanitarian and world harmony leader Sri Chinmoy, the journey from smallest […]

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May

22

Me me me

There’s something to this meme thing. Dinner from a can is so much easier than chopped, boiled and strained, and whether ready-lifted from the shelves of another or in a packet, I’ll take my inspiration where I can, especially in times when words home-made are rare. Camille of Now wrote recently of a Favourite Post […]

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May

18

Deserving of Comment

thousandeye, or Alf to his friends, wins this week’s Comment of the Week Award—an all expenses paid link to and mention of his own site—the once semi-flippant and whimsical but fast becoming deep and poetic thousandeye—check out his heart-on-sleeve and words-on-leaves poetry (you’ll understand if you visit) before he becomes famous and haughty (or would […]

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May

18

Knife fights and personal transformation

I’m officially excited. My personal book of the year, Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts, is about to be made into a movie. Hang on a minute—just how many books have I read in the last year? The answer to that is besides the point, as is the fact that Shantaram is some four years old […]

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May

17

King Sized Heart

A tiny dog with a kingly name and a king-sized heart passed away it was reported recently, and were he human, he would have been buried with a medal. George the Jack Russell terrier died after saving five children from a mauling or worse by two pitbull terriers in the tiny Taranaki, New Zealand township […]

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May

06

Touched my heart of stone

This video, although it has been around for a while, is getting a lot of attention on the inter-web right now, and amusingly, under the title (paraphrased for sensitive readers) “If the end of this video doesn’t make you feel good, you may be cold and heartless.” It’s true actually—the story of an autistic, highschool […]

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May

02

Back from holiday

Not a few of my readers come to me from Sumangali.org, and so, in the spirit of serendipity, and just a little charity, let me return the favour and announce a return to blogging form: Truly… Nothing’s Small. Which gives me a convenient excuse to mention poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning, whose poem forms the title […]

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Mar

14

Fishing with David Lynch

David Lynch’s first film, Eraserhead (1977), a dark, disturbing and deeply surreal exploration of the directors own subconscious, was initially pronounced as un-releasable upon completion, but in short time became a cult classic and critical success, launching Lynch to the forefront of avant-garde film-making and earning him the favour of Stanley Kubrick, who proclaimed Eraserhead […]

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Mar

12

The Optimism of Uncertainty

Howard Zinn is one of the most prominent and respected historians in the world today, and among the pioneers of “People’s History”—the movement to document history from the perspective of the ordinary people who collectively make it—and lived it, rather than as broad, faceless trends. Few historians or their work for that matter appear on […]

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