Why a story beats facts every time

I’ve been reading – and been thoroughly blown away by – Richard Powers’ Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Overstory* this January. It interweaves the stories of nine different people who become linked as a result of a natural catastrophe – it’s very much a story of our time, but I was struck by the following quote contained within. “The best arguments […]

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Be like Donovan – keep the thrill alive

Earlier this week, I was listening to an episode of Blood On The Tracks, the Colin Murray-fronted show, where guests bring their record collections and debate their favourite tracks in certain chosen categories. In one particular round, the guests were asked to name their favourite act to come out of Scotland. Fashion queen and former guitarist in The Fall Brix […]

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Why gardening mirrors your life

I spent a couple of hours gardening this afternoon and – at the end of a major weeding, pruning and watering session – it struck me how a garden is much like a body. Bear with me – I know it sounds a bit far-fetched… We all have a tendency over winter months to let ourselves go. Bad habits creep […]

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