So, I finally got it together to create a kind of ‘universal-generic-work-play-meaning-of-life-opinion’ blog. Because that’s what we all need!

A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play, his labour and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself he always seems to be doing both. Lawrence Pearsall Jacks; “Education Through Recreation” 1932

My approach to blogging has always been that I sort of write for myself, trying to make a record of my thoughts and memories, opinions, whatever; but of course I have that half nagging half hopeful thought that someone might find what I’m saying interesting as well. So I find myself continually caught between talking to ‘myself’ and talking to ‘you’… whoever you are.

I’m expecting this blog to particularly focus on the two conflicting and complementary worlds of work and play.  Certainly to share thoughts about making work ‘work’ for me (how I might experience work as meaningful) and exploring what makes me ultimately ‘happy’ . That means I might cross into any number of subjects… here’s a few that interest me:

  • No-Email / Life Without E-Mail
  • Permaculture / Nature
  • Food (growing, cooking, eating, sharing)
  • Systems Thinking
  • Project and Programme Management
  • Digital Inclusion + Tech / Geek stuff
  • Leadership and management
  • Organisational change
  • Workforce development / People and performance management
  • Social Networking / Media / ESN / ECM
  • Music
  • Shaolin Kung Fu and Cosmos Qi Gong
  • Politics
  • Public Services and Local Government – Social Justice, Homelessness, Health, Mental Health, Social Care
  • Community and Voluntary Sector
  • Community Action, Collaboration
  • Being a Man and being in Conscious Relationship

Enough of this jibber jabber – let’s start!



  1. While I do work for an organisation, if you should happen to know or find out which one that is, I need to make it absolutely clear that the views expressed on this site do not in any way represent the views of my employer.
  2. I try and keep all my content mine – if I use other people’s words, sounds or pictures (normally sourced on the web) I try at all times to reference the originator. If you see something on this blog that’s yours and you don’t like the fact I’ve posted it here, please just let me know. It’s not my intent to piss anyone off.
  3. Be nice. Challenge, debate, disagree – but be polite – I’m British, it’s a core value. Them’s the rules.



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