Life of a voiceover

Spark Joy

      Over a year ago I was browsing in a bookshop and picked up Marie Kondo’s book “Spark Joy” to have a look at it.  I flicked through the pages on the neat tidying of clothes and ordered folding of things and put it back down again, certain that was all a bit…

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Mindset – Where we start is not where we end.

What if talent didn’t determine where your life would take you?  What if there was no such thing as failure?  What if those who believed they were brilliant actually struggled more than those for whom learning was a challenge?  According to Dr Carol S. Dweck in her book ” Mindset” that is quite possibly the…

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The Path

We live in an age of incredible freedom.  We know how to determine the direction our lives will take.  The truth of who we are lies within us.  These statements are false. Instead we are living in a state of constant flux, we don’t have full control of the reaction to our actions and who…

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The Chimp Paradox

“How are you?” “Fine,”  meaning fucked up, insecure, neurotic and emotional. It’s at these moments that I guess Prof Steve Peters would say we are being controlled by our chimp, our chimp being our emotional brain that can either drive us to succeed and be happy or dive under the duvet in the hope that…

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The Noise of Time

“Art is the whisper of history, heard above the noise of time.” This is the central theme of the novel by Julian Barnes exploring Shostakovich’s experience as a composer living in Soviet Russia.  He starts the novel waiting by the elevator with his suitcase, ready to be taken by Power to the Big House, from…

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