02 December 2014

A journey through South Africa


The flight to Johannesburg is eleven hours. As far as flights go, that's pretty long. As far as anything goes that's pretty long. The good news is that, on top of that flight taking me to South Africa (!), I actually, for the most part, enjoy lengthy flights. 

Being on a plane for that length of time, even accounting for the indignities of coach class, is like the WALL-E version of the future (in a good way); a plane ride basically consists of you sitting in a reasonably comfortable reclining chair with a display screen full of entertainment in front of you, while people in uniform patrol the aisle beside your seat, bringing you food and drinks.

You can even fall asleep onto your half-finished dinner, and when you awake your leftover food has been cleared away and you are beginning your descent into a new city.

In this case also a different country and a different continent. Pretty sweet.

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10 November 2014

Airport times



I was in Barcelona last week for The BIG IF # 2 (which was a hell of a fine improv festival, with great shows, people, workshops and general times, from beginning until end).

When I was walking through Schiphol yesterday afternoon, I realized that I would quite soon be on my way back through that airport, as I'm flying to London this afternoon.

Then Thursday I'm heading back to the airport to fly to Johannesburg, where I will meet Chiara, and hopefully some lions, elephants and penguins.

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07 October 2014

Getting Lucky


I've been thinking a lot about the idea of 'getting lucky' (in the superstitious  not biblical  way). I think it has a lot to do with how much of the reading about business I've been doing, boils down to "luck is when preparation meets opportunity, and that's how you succeed" kind of philosophy.

Though I may be paraphrasing slightly.

But in a time of crisis I'll take any pithy slogan I can get my hands on, and cling to it like a life preserver. Or, when things are good, like now, I'll try and show some gratitude to the universe for any positive outcomes, while simultaneously diverting some of that credit back onto myself. After all, I couldn't have gotten lucky if I wasn't so prepared, right?

And so far, it seems to be working.

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18 September 2014

Beautiful justifications: wabi-sabi

Design from Lost in Translation by Ella Frances Sanders

My favourite jeans have a pronounced wallet fade, and a hole in the pocket that's been resewn almost a dozen times. They look great. They look, and feel, distinctly mine.

The longer I have a notebook, the more I like it; pages get bent, the stickers on the cover peel, it gets that lived in look and feel. 

I love that look. And feel.

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09 September 2014

All in one week


I feel like I've been relatively on hiatus from my 'normal' life, as I get settled into some writing work and the rhythms of the more-or-less regularly employed.

And so far it's been pretty decent. I ride my bike most days through the park to the office, eat lunch with my
colleagues, and cultivate my appreciation for fine spirits. It sounds not too bad, and it isn't at all.

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22 August 2014

10,000 hours (more or less)


Practice makes perfect – in theory.

Or perfect practice makes better, according to my high school volleyball coach. But in both versions of this peptalk, there is a direct correlation between practice and improvement (or hours of practice and level of achievement).

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15 August 2014

A quick blast of Fringe



An idea formed in my mind some months ago: a sneaky return to the Edinburgh Fringe. Not an actual run, but a couple performances, a few guest spots, some visiting with friends and seeing a few shows I'd been keen to watch.

Well, it happened. A few days of delightful delights and enjoyable running to and fro.

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03 August 2014

A new year, a slight pivot


We're over the halfway point of the second calendar year of my Amsterdam Programme.

That 'programme' is sort of generally my life here: working as a creative freelancer, and pursuing writing and performing professionally. It's been going really well. i'm writing lots, have been traveling quite a bit, had the opportunity to develop a couple of new shows, and produce some comedy and storytelling events. It's actually even worked out to be reasonably – though not wildly – financially successful.

So, yeah. Pretty good. But what's the next step?

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