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Your body

Do some good to your body, so your soul feels like staying

Indian proverb


Travelling alone

Sting was on our program of the Paleo Festival in Nyon, Switzerland, yesterday. No matter how often you see Sting in concert, it is always magic.

As an extra we could see Passenger before. So there we were in the pouring rain, our naked feet in the mud and there stands this guy alone on stage with his guitar and is enchanting the public with musical poetry. He made our evening and he made my day today despite my lack of sleep.

Passenger did not sing this one yesterday night but you just have to hear it:

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No looking back


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“You know you are on the right path if looking back does not interest you anymore.”

Charlie Hebdo. A Seven Year Old’s Reaction.

The Daily Think

I didn’t get to switch the radio off in time this morning. She heard, and understood (it seems). This was her response.

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Find the Socrates in you

The other day I felt pretty desperate when finding myself in front of the following in a shop – in October:

XmasTreeClick on the picture to listen to Rudolph…

I felt like taking a “before” picture, undo their entire tree and take an “after” picture. Needless to say that I reasoned myself before attacking the poor tree. However I’ve been brooding ever since (and before, I admit) about how silly our consumption society is today.

When you feel that it is crazy to bump into Christmas tree in summer and that shops display Easter Bunnies in November and that someone wants to sell you a bikini in January, deal with it in a positive way and find the Socrates in you:

“Even Socrates, who lived a very frugal and simple life, loved to go to the market. When his students asked about this, he replied, I love to go and see all the things I am happy without.”

Jack Kornfield




If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.

Maya Angelou



Anywhere I go, I long for someone



This piece first appeared in the New Statesman.

“Good morning ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Welcome to Easyjet flight 5156 from Mykonos to London Gatwick. My name is…” I zone out. Meaningless information I have heard five dozen times before, about the flight duration, the cabin crew and the weather back home.

The weather back home is what it is. Knowing about it after boarding is pretty pointless. It’s not as if I could magically produce an umbrella, a cagoule and a pair of galoshes from the matchbox hand luggage, which their rules allow as a carry-on. What are the current rules, anyway? Smaller and lighter than the average adult Madagascar marmoset, after a light meal, I think. The inexorable journey towards a dystopian future in which, if you choose a budget airline, all you will be allowed is a G-string made out of your passport –…

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