Category: radio

Resolutions revisited

Well, 2016 was quite a year, and many others have summed up its highs and lows better than I ever could. So rather than weep about the state of the world I thought I'd take this opportunity to review my New Year's Resolutions from January 2016 and set some new ones for the year ahead. My first two resolutions from last year were to work through the teetering pile of books beside my bed and buy books from independent bookshops or direct from the publishers I’ve certainly read a lot of books this year, although there’s still a pile by my bed and this is constantly refreshed with new books. I'm still in a book group, which nudges me to read books I might otherwise miss. At some point I should do a post about my favourite books of this year, but for now let’s just say I loved Laura Lipman's Wilde…

Cold turkey – can I go a week without distractions?

I've recently joined Kamsin Kaneko's Artist's Way Facebook group, although I'm not doing planning on doing the whole course. I've done it a couple of times before, and although it was an amazing experience, I don't want to commit to the whole shebang again at the moment. My motivation for joining Kamsin was to make myself to commit to something quite specific - a media deprivation week. In week 4 of the Artist's Way, Julia Cameron prescribes for a week of 'reading deprivation'. Her theory is that for artists - in which she includes writers, film-makers, musicians, visual artists, makers - other people's words can function like 'tiny tranquilizers'. Without the distractions of telly, books, newspapers we are forced to be more fully in the world, and notice what's going on around us. We cannot hear our own inner voice, the voice of our artist's inspiration, above the static.... Reading deprivation can be a very powerful tool - and a…

5 things that got my attention this week

1. This week I read an article by David Cain on How to Become a Luckier Person Overnight. We've been hearing for a while now that consciously practising gratitude makes us not only nicer but happier too, and David suggests a radical approach - can we be grateful even for our misfortunes? And if we can, what does this mean for our happiness, and even our luck? I've been thinking about his approach this week, wondering about applying it to my own thinking. At times, I've felt a bit fraudulent - all my woes, it turns out, are so tiny, and insignificant - husband late home to take over with the children, a frustrating hold up on a project at work - and this leaves me realising how blessed I am. Which I suppose, after all, is the point.   2. Meanwhile, I'm continuing to follow E is for Erin's honest and gently thought-provoking blog. Erin is…

Podcast update – 5 recent discoveries

If you know me well you'll know one of my all time favourite things in the world is radio. I've long been a fan of broadcast, but in the last few years I've been getting into podcasts, those little gems of talk-based programming you can download onto your phone (or whatever device you use to interact with the world) then listen while running, or on the way to work, of fiddling about with images on Flickr. I love the intimacy of radio, the feeling of it being piped directly into my brain. I love being able to listen to voices from all over the globe, and connect with other listeners online (although it has to be said my listening is fairly US-centric, which I'd love to rectify - comment me your international recommendations, please!) Podcasts are great for dipping into - if you don't want to subscribe to a series you can…

9 quality podcasts you should definitely check out

Ah, radio, nothing to beat it.  Entertaining like telly, only less vacuous and more intimate.   Improving like reading, only easier, and you can manipulate graphics, check twitter, do admin, fold laundry, peel vegetables - whatever - at the same time as having all the lovely stories poured into your brain. Here are some of my favourite podcasts, in no particular order.  Links in the titles. 1. Shortcuts with Josie Long There's something about this podcast that feels like being tucked up in bed, under a super-comfy, warm duvet, with a big cup of tea, after a long hard day building something awkward, or else shifting something heavy, in the wind and the rain.  Like that, and also like there's this really nice friend to chat with you while you snuggle under the duvet and drink your tea.  Oh, and the friend has got biscuits. 2. Radiolab Any of my friends and relations who've ever wondered about my various…