Ode to Ali

Oh Muhammed, Muhammed Ali

Just a man, then a warrior loyal to the last.

You knew the great power of belief

Irresolute, a Nation’s conscience of a troubled past.

No craven images of you Ali

You were the best of us, your icon burns fast.

Again the world shakes for you Ali

Nations will stop to mourn that you’ve passed.

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Really America? Don’t you know how much this election really  matters for all of us…

Reflections on the coming US election and the unpleasant dialogue in the run-up across social media and traditional media

It feels like the world stands on a precipice right now with so much conflict and unrest forcing so many to be leave homes and family members behind.

But what if Clinton loses and Trump is voted into power in the US?

Imagine the US foreign and domestic policy changing so dramatically in his hands and those he empowers around him.

How would our lives change? What would happen on the Middle East? Where would we stand as partners? How would Europe deal with a Trump government?

America the world pauses with bated breath

Awaiting how you emerge from this election process

Vote diversity or nepotism? Freedom or barriers? Life or death?

Our liberty depends on your leadership now more, not less

Blue Wizard

Happy Bank Holiday to all of you. Thought you might like this poem I wrote whilst in Corsica few years ago…below the images

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BLUE WIZARD

 

Impossibly blue are you:

Azure, turquoise, lazuli-lidded

You breathe to the lazy lull of the day.

You lap your waves, lap and swell,

Roll and wash upon the shore.

 

Swell, roll and wash:

You gently cleanse the sand

As it lays mutely entranced

By the hypnotic, easy rhythm of your dance.

 

From bowel to crest to breaking wash

You command your world with your wizard-wand.

 

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El Mirador: a holiday poem from the Canaries


That perfect moment, pausing on the palm-fronted terrace

Coffee for me, milk-shake for you

Overlooking the golden sands stretched out below

A stiffening breeze menaces untended glasses

Children’s frisbees catch the top of the wind

Fly, lifted as with widespread wings

Gliding far, land, slapping the surf

Laughter laps the white-frosted waves

Tourists snap group selfies on smart phones

And the constant, unyielding wind

Washes the scene clean

5 reasons why having an early morning routine will make you more productive and happy

Anyone that knows me well knows that I am an early riser and take a morning walk wherever I may be.

Well this is true even when on vacation, as my various dawn photos over recent days suggests.

Let me tell you a secret that explains why this habit can make a difference to how much you get from your day.

Our days are busy, fast-paced and getting busier – sounds familiar right? My first hour is my gift to myself before all the world awakes and the social pressures begin. I’ve done this for many years and it can work for you too.

I use this time to get the juice I need to ensure I am fit and ready to be the best that I can be for those around me, clients and friends and family alike. This works for me and them in several ways:

  1. I can evaluate my priorities for the day and week ahead without any distractions
  2. I get some healthy exercise for mind and body to gain clarity and perspective
  3. Dawn is breathtaking any time of year but especially now so there are some great photo opportunities, and I feel more connected with myself
  4. Your mind and creativity is high because there is less noise and urge to meet those goals you have set yourself
  5. With this daily hour I work highly collaboratively later in the day, as I find it easier to keep my focus on those goals I set above, so those I come into contact with get more value from me

You may prefer a different time of day and a different habit, so give it a try and I hope it works for you as much as it does for me.

Excerpt from ‘Colours’ a book by himself


I have spent the past six months writing when the mood takes me and now have around fifty poems to seek a publisher.

Whilst this is ongoing I hope you like this sample from three poems:

Blue Wizard

Impossibly blue are you

Azure, turquoise, lazuli-lidded

As you lie, awakening

To the gentle lull of the day 

You lap your waves, your swell

Rolls and washes into the shore

Prayer to the heavens

Yours is the kindly face of one thousand Angels 

Eyes twinkling through inken heavens

Do you marvel at the great Majesty that is man?

Do you worship his magnificence?

Fugue

What if there is purpose to their buzzing?

What if it is more than draft and waft of wings on air?

What if they are Bach’s horns or Beethoven’s even?

Leading us along dawn’s awakening fugue

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Healthy breakfast was a surprise this morning

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Being an early riser I normally jot a few ideas, thoughts or lines of poetry if I’m feeling really creative then turn my mind to breakfast.

A creature of habit, breakfast comprises a small selection of options ranging from indian omelette to scottish porridge oats depending on my mood. Imagine my surprise today when I opened the fridge door and decided on a whim to make a fruit and yoghurt medley in a burst of healthy eating.

What’s quite surprising is just how refreshing and delicious this was, so I’d urge you to give it a try as it was made in 5 mins for those in a hurry to get out to work and is wonderfully great for your body.
* Duchy fat-free yoghurt from Waitrose
* Lemon – juice, one squeezed slice
* Red seedless grapes – 6 or 7
* Honeydew melon – 2 slices chopped into chunks
* Mixed unsalted dried nuts (optional) – small handful, almonds and walnuts work best

Place the fruit into your bowl, add the lemon juice to wake up the fruit, then drizzle 3-4 dessert spoons of yoghurt across the fruit and add the nuts to garnish.

Yum. I know you’d like a photo but it didn’t stay in the bowl long enough for me to find my iPhone, sorry!

I’m not too worried about turning into a health freak, as I still find my head turning to a perfectly constructed bacon sandwich or even better a Lincolnshire sausage and egg muffin from time to time. Mmm, looks like tomorrow’s breakfast might be planned already.