An idea: Oh Dear Diary

I’ve been thinking about this idea for years and I’d like to finally make it happen. It’s an event called Oh Dear Diary. It’s very simple: people get together and read aloud extracts from their teenage (or childhood, or young adulthood) diaries. Why? It’s funny It’s cathartic It’s bonding It’s affectionate But mostly it’s funny […]

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Harkive: what I listened to yesterday (and how I listened to it)

This is my entry for Harkive. As Craig Hamilton explains: On 9th July 2013 I will be gathering stories from music fans across the globe in order to create a unique snapshot of the many listening cultures, habits and practices that exist on that day. I want to repeat this process every year and map […]

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Empathy as a career strength

As part of my journey into freelancing, I recently took the Clifton StrengthsFinder test. I was simultaneously surprised and not-at-all-surprised to find that my main “strength” – according to Clifton – is empathy. What is empathy? From the book: People who are especially talented in the Empathy theme can sense the feelings of other people […]

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Billy and the magic mushroom

This is a photo of my bedroom wall when I was a baby. (Oh yeah… that’s me, the baby.) Isn’t it awesome? The photo – tea stain and all – only shows a small part of the scene. The whole wall was covered. Apart from the mushroom, rabbit, butterflies and flowers that you can see […]

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Form vs content: What is art, anyway?

I love being creative, but I’m not an artist. Why? Because art is form and content. This is a new one on me, I’m ashamed to say. I have always understood ‘form’: the aesthetic part, the part that pleases the eye, or rolls off the tongue… but it’s only relatively recently that I’ve come to […]

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