I've written before about how I genuinely believe that we have all of the tools that we need to fix the problems that we have as humans on this planet. We can do this with small environmental lifestyle changes. You may not think so, indeed I know that many people are despairing right now. Some feeling frustrated. Others are feeling helpless. There may even be a tiny twinge of guilt every time you fuel up your car. Or you may be simply saying "screw it, there's nothing I can do, lets make the … [Read more...] about How Do We Save the World and Still Love Our Lifestyles?
We live in a fast moving world with always-on social media channels. The demands on our lives have never been greater in terms of the diversity, yet are we all any happier?
I used to believe that humanity wasn't, yet I have now changed that view. I believe that as a species we are capable of remarkable things and are proving that each week. It's simply that our in build negativity, added to media that thrives on it, never lets these positives be seen.
There is an incredibly positive world out there. We need simply need to discover it.
It's 2015, I'm sitting in the reception area of the Holiday Inn at Hawthorn, a district of Los Angeles. It's around 8 weeks after the Paris terror attacks and having seen how the American TV news media are still wringing every once of value from that story in that exaggerated USA News Anchor style, I'm beginning to get my head around the American TV networks. CNN just love the fact that they have a Paris correspondent and think that it's the coolest thing. Fox News say that it's all Barack … [Read more...] about A Chance LA Conversation
Zoom, Skype and Microsoft Teams are the new conference rooms. If you’re not used to this and you are working from home, then it pays to prepare a little for the fact that you are sort of inviting your work colleagues into your home environment, especially if you don’t have your own study or personal office space to work from. In this new world of COVID 19 communications we are now finding ourselves in, more and more of us are meeting via video link. Setting up your laptop or mobile … [Read more...] about Video Conferencing Tips – What Do You Look Like?
Thank you to everyone who responded about my article on working from home. If you missed it, you can read it here. One thing that shone through in your replies to my email newsletter was that there are a lot of concerned people out there. Not because of the actual Coronavirus itself. The concern is more about the indefinite nature of how long this will last. And also a wider concern about the dark underbelly of society we have seen. Crazy isn’t it? And mystifying too. Of all the things I can … [Read more...] about There’s More to This Than Toilet Roll
With the massive changes that appear to be happening to our way of life in the short term right now, it occurred to me that for many people who are used to commuting to an office each day, this is going to be a big, big shock. For many people, the structure of a Costa Coffee in the cup holder, packed lunch on the passenger seat, a daily workplace and being part of an organisation, is a fundamental thing that they need in order to work. Take this away and you may well find yourself feeling a … [Read more...] about New to Home Remote Working? Here’s How to Get Started
It’s January 2020. Already. Where is your life going? Time to get moving and join that gym, right? The chances are that as you read this, you are full to the brim of good intentions and Christmas excesses. "This year is going to the year that I get fit / lose weight / stop drinking / get the ripped look all ready for the summer / sort out my fat ass, sallow complexion." Then as the month of January passes, with the dark evenings and the wind and rain hammering the windows, little by little, bit … [Read more...] about How to Keep Your Gym Habit New Year Resolution – You’re Not Alone
I’ve been reading Chris Hadfield’s book, An Astronauts Guide to Life on Earth. In it, Chris talks about a great many things in the book and I would urge anyone who would like help or guidance on how to become a better human being to read it. Because he talks about the life lessons he has learned in his journey to becoming an astronaut and how they transfer to life down here on earth. There are a great many things to learn from his achievements, including the fact that at 9 years old, he … [Read more...] about Aim to be a Zero – Be Like Chris Hadfield
I began Historic Racer in 2013. At the time, I was in full on motorsport instructor mode, contributing to various automotive editorial titles and designing digital marketing ideas for other people. I knew that the genre of classic and historic car racing was increasingly buoyant, with investment pouring in from both individuals and trust funds. Historic Racer was an itch I wanted to scratch. What made me start it? Quite simply, I don’t often read other writer’s automotive output. I felt, … [Read more...] about I Killed My Most Successful Blog – Here’s Why
Creativity is nearly always someone’s desire to express their emotions and be an outlet for their passions. Way too many people say, “I’m not creative.” You are, we all are. It’s simply that from a very young age, the modern education system of the developed world seems to do everything it can to suppress that creativity in the quest for a mythical SATS test result that will make everyone in the ‘job’ of teaching feel better by looking at a graph and a spreadsheet. I hate spreadsheets, Excel … [Read more...] about Creativity and Art Isn’t Always Hung on the Wall
If you’re a creative person, you need to be on Instagram. Not to seek out a huge tribe of followers, though that would be nice. You need to be on Instagram because it’s a simply great place to fuel your creativity. Here’s why you should be there, why you should be wasting time trying to build a huge following and how it’s a great place to fill your eyes with some great creative work. It’s Not All About Selfie Pouts and Holiday Hot Dog Legs For sure, there are many millions of those out … [Read more...] about Use Instagram to Boost Your Creativity, Not Your Likes
It’s Sunday morning as I write this, probably Monday by the time this goes out and I simply wanted to share with you a simple thought that I have mentioned to a few people this past week. And they all look at me like I am just that. Stupid, simple… It’s how to save the world, the common sense way. We are going through a period of advancement and change that humanity has never seen before. And yet we face some pretty big problems going forwards, with our environment, with plastics, saving … [Read more...] about How to Save the World and Everything In It. It’s Easy
I have to say, I was a little hurt when I read it. The analysis of my characteristics and personality was there in print, had been passed on to my boss and also the car manufacturer who had been studying me for the last two days. “Not A Team Player.” Well that sucks. It was the early days of the Lexus franchise in the UK. Already successful in the USA, the car brand was still tiny and the team at Lexus UK were working hard to find people with the skills to go out and do the hard work of … [Read more...] about Why Being Labeled ‘Not A Team Player’ is a Strength to Your Team
I’m writing this as the week of the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 comes around. I feel the need to talk about Astronauts and their views and opinions. On life, on the world and above all on what we’re doing with our home right now. We can learn a lot from taking a high level perspective on the world today, try to adopt their elevated viewpoint and take note. However, we’re not. You see, I was kind of hoping that as a species we were beginning to get it. We understood that we need to … [Read more...] about Why We Should be Listening to Astronauts and Not Politicians
I could feel the heat radiating from the wall behind me. It had been baking all day in the direct sunlight and now, as the sun was setting, it was releasing that stored energy, gently warming my back and ensuring that, even though it would soon be dark, the residual heat meant that there would not be a chill in the air this evening. The glass of Rioja in my hand was gently warm and very smooth, the iron railing dividing us from the street below, where tapas bars were beginning the evening’s … [Read more...] about Fabian and Lucy
We all have a phrase that makes us rear up onto our hind legs. That utterance from others that probably means nothing to them, however it flicks a switch inside of you and lights a fuse that burns with passion. You already have yours bounding into your head as you read this. I can almost see the corners of your mouth moving to a smile. Yes, that’s the one. Here’s mine. With All Due Respect. “With all due respect” is that phrase for me. Whenever I hear it, like chalk squeaking on a … [Read more...] about “With All Due Respect” – Yeah Whatever Dude.
I love them. And right now, you are probably doing one of two things. Either nodding in agreement, your mind bringing forth a vision of a warm Mediterranean evening, the paving under foot still warm from the heat of the day, the final rays of sunshine slipping below the horizon and cicadas beginning to chirp. A glass of lovely red, a small bowl of olives and tearing some crisp bread to go with them. Olives invoke that feeling in me. Or alternatively, your’re screwing up your … [Read more...] about About Olives