Thursday, 29 December 2011

Pub life

Bar room door glass iStock_000015977274XSmallA man walks into a bar and asks the bar man for a pint.

Whilst the bar man is pours the pint, he sees a dish full of peanuts sitting on the counter. As he looks, the peanuts say to him “you’re nice”. The man, surprised by what he just heard, sinks down into a seat next to the cigarette machine. As he does so , the cigarette machine says to him “you’re horrible”

Astonished by what he just heard, he tells the bar man,  who explains:

“That’s ok sir, the peanuts are always complementary and the cigarette machine is out of order”

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Sunday, 25 December 2011

Active belief

Henry Valentine Miller


"What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their ability to act according to their beliefs"

~ Henry Miller

Born December 26, 1891 died June 7, 1980
American novelist and painter.
He wrote novels containing fiction, autobiography, social criticism, philosophical reflection, surrealist free association, and mysticism.

Author of  Tropic of Cancer (1934), Black Spring (1936), and Tropic of Capricorn (1939)

sources wikipedia

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

To be or not to be Social

I see blog post after blog post about exploiting Social Media and most are dullDice with interogatives Questions iStock_000017184468XSmall
Is Social Media about being Social or is it about the Media?  What is your opinion?

Saturday, 17 December 2011

A Snail’s Pace

There was once a snail who was sick and tired of his reputation for being so slow. He decided to get some fast wheels to make up the difference. After shopping around a while, he decided that the Datsun 240-Z was the car to get. So the snail goes to the nearest Datsun dealer and says he wants to buy the 240-Z, but he wants it repainted "240-S".

The dealer asks, "Why 'S'?"

The snail replies, "'S' stands for snail. I want everybody who sees me roaring past to know who's driving."

Well, the dealer doesn't want to lose the unique opportunity to sell a car to a snail, so he agrees to have the car repainted for a small fee.

The snail gets his new car and spent the rest of his days roaring happily down the highway at top speed. And whenever anyone would see him zooming by, they'd say "Wow! Look at that S-car go!"

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Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Daring compro-misery

I particularly liked the following quote because I don’t believe in compromise.
I am not saying that I won’t compromise but I do believe neither party finds compromise satisfactory (effectively both lose out). The answer comes in creating new options and then maybe the original requirements may fit or something even better.
One can only truly create from nothing, i.e. the unconscious state. Answers and ideas just occur when you allow them to do so. The courage to implement them comes from launching them without the platform of logic or reason and allowing these to follow on.

iStock_000016772711XSmall Jumping of hi board lower legs only
Whatever there be of progress in life comes not through adaptation but through daring, through obeying the blind urge.

Henry Miller
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Friday, 9 December 2011

Stor: ies / eys / ed ties

It's all a story!
Sometimes words just show up and I find myself playing with them.
I try to break them, reconstruct them, see what else I can do with them, look for the ambiguity in them ………… and always have fun with them …. to see where my logic takes me.

As a child, I was fortunate enough to have had parents that told me stories at bedtime and  on occasions during the day, stimulating my imagination and creating my reality. Kids just play and what they do is live out what adults would call Unreal situations in a very real way.

I decided about 11 years ago that Santa Claus is real and I am looking forward to him visiting my house again this year – this may be a problem since I haven’t been good this year but when I’m bad, I am probably at my best!  ;-D
I don’t think it helped, when I said a few years back: “I don’t care who you are! You are not parking that thing here!”
So what about stories?

Newspapers carry stories. TV News present stories. Theatres play stories. The film industry makes millions from creating and selling stories. Authors.. painters …artists… gift their stories to the world.
When we communicate with each other we tell a story as soon as we can get it into the conversation, to  illustrate what we are saying. Yeah Right! We probably just can’t help ourselves; we are compelled to do it.
Social media is full of stories and most technology is there to support the creation and telling of stories.

So, what's the story?
My Life Is A Story (and so is yours)
a simple story developed by stacking stories on top of stories into storeys and the dangerous thing is when the simple story becomes a stored tie. We can get tied into a story that we constructed and then fix our reality to it, losing the flexibility of the imaginative child, that we always were and will probably always be.

Personally, I believe we are designed to forget contrary to the view of a good friend of mine, who believes we are designed to remember.Young couple sitting on sofa and dreaming That’s one entity with 2 perspectives or at least that’s my story.

The great thing about stories is that they are all made up and if your life is a story and you made it up, then you can make up what you like from NOW on.  We all do it anyway.

Take, as an example 2 old boys in the pub (actually my mate Rob and I. We are both young sexagenarians and we have known each other for 50 years) recalling the time that we went to The Alexandra Palace ‘Love In’ :
Do you remember going the the Ally Pally ‘Love-in’ in  Pat’s Austin Westminster?
We didn't, we took the train!
We can’t of done! We went to Waterloo Station first and drove up to Wood Green.
That wasn't Waterloo! That was Charing Cross and we caught the tube!
Same event, 2 different stories.
The point being,  because the detail gets forgotten, the story won’t run and each of us has plugged the gaps with our own detail so the story can run – we have Confabulated

According to Miriam Webster Free Dictionary:
“Fabricate imaginary experiences as compensation for loss of memory”

So, here's the deal:
Since all (life) stories are based on PAST events, we have to recall them and actually recreate them NOW. The detail, or lack of it, is stored in different areas of our brain and we have to pull it all together to be able to present it as fact …… which it isn’t,  since we will probably have confabulated so that the construction can be complete.

Its not what happened. It is the story of what happened - a sensual representation of events. We would have deleted, distorted and generalised our experience.

If I were to tell you my life story in full detail, it would take more than 61 years to tell. Before  I would have finished I would have died and you would be bored witless!!
So, as a matter of course, I have to delete, distort and generalise.

You can hold great store by that

"Create your own adventure because experience is all that there is" Ⓒ ~ Arthur Partridge AyPeeCo

Monday, 5 December 2011


iStock_000001434367XSmall Man in Jail looking sideways through bars


A good friend will bail you out of jail.
A great friend will be in the cell next to you saying,"Wow, that was fun!"




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Thursday, 1 December 2011

Human Inspirations: Empowering Belief Systems

Human Inspirations: Empowering Belief Systems: There are two things you must know about beliefs : That they are neutral and they are the building blocks of our growth. This is extreme...


I am sure that sometimes scriptwriters write gems without realising it.
Here is one from the TV series Eli Stone


“A gift is something that is given, you don’t own it.
The World does.
The World is asking you to use it
and you don’t get to say no,
no matter how much you might want to”

~ Eli Stone

I appreciate the sentiment. I believe it is our job to contribute and serve and to receive an appropriate reward for doing so.

Eli Stone (TV Series 2008–2009)

American TV series and name of the title character, played by Scot, Jonny Lee Miller.

Eli Stone is a lawyer in San Francisco, who suffers from a brain aneurysm which causes him to have visions, usually about the future and which lead him to take on cases where he is of best use and morally right.

His predictions save lives and he becomes a recognised prophet in his community.

The series was created by Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim and aired on ABC from January 2008 through to July 2009.
It is currently being broadcast by Sky, in the UK.

Image from Wikipedia