Archive | July, 2011

This has no purpose. Whatsoever.

29 Jul


A field. Near our house…

And when did you last see your father…?

28 Jul

…officially it was last Sunday, July 24th, when this picture was taken. As that was the last time he was able to make it downstairs to eat a meal with my mother and me. In actuality I saw him about an hour ago in a mechanical bed. In a hospice that we have spent the day getting him sorted out in. Recently our lives, well to be fair, his life, has been all about physics – and especially mechanics. This has included stairlifts, morphine pumps, tubes, wires, lifts, and muscle loss. The hospice have been amazing. They just are. They give you time. They give you space. They give you back dignity. They sort out the physics and the physical needs. They also look after your souls. They incorporate inspiring real things into the space. Original art commissions, fresh seasonal flowers, great coffee, quiet gardens, light. and Glenfiddich 18 year old single malt on a trolley that is always open.

I have spent today talking to people, who before this morning were complete strangers, and telling the them things. – Plus seemingly endless driving to and from my family home, where I grew up. I say grew up as if it is something that I once did, as if it stopped at some point. We all say this …”where I grew up”

I know that some more growing up was done today, and that for sure, some more is round the corner…

But for now, back in my childhood home, I am taking some time to write this –  and “once more try to reconnect the wifi so I can video conference on skype with my brother who is currently in Turkey to keep him updated”

Now that is sentence that would have made no sense to my previous self sitting on this sofa all those years ago…

(this links with a previous blog here)

The #TEDxYork videos are now on http://Pilot-Theatre.TV

27 Jul

An 80th Birthday Celebration at Gray’s Court

17 Jul


Today the family had lunch together at Gray’s Court in York. We were there to celebrate Biddy Nuttgens, – my mother in law’s – 80th birthday. It was an amazing opportunity to catch up and to spend time together in a beautiful house. Seeing the three generations of family together in one place was special. She is an inspirational woman who has the energy, verve and sharpness of wit to keep us all on our toes. Her advice? Keep your mindest at 56 years of age as this is a good place to plateau and observe…for sure some of us have some way to go to reach that plateau, however when I do get there I will certainly bear this in mind…Happy 80th or 56th Biddy.



#TEDxYork – on stage

14 Jul

…reinventing shadow puppetry…

Great pictures by Dublinstones from York

Shifting workflow #TKTKM

13 Jul


A table, notes, script, storyboard, laptop, and a jambox – all set to move forward

#TEDxYork flickr Photostream

13 Jul

Twitter stats from #TEDxYork 1.6m impressions and 183,000 people reached

9 Jul

Curiositea Shop: Cyber Cupcakes! #TEDxYork

7 Jul

awesome cupcakes today from Curiositea for #TEDxYork

#TEDxYork #cupcakes #TED #TEDactive

7 Jul