Catechism of cliché (3) – the L&D pep talk

What is your job this morning? To share ideas around our vision I appreciate your generosity.  What act of manual dexterity will you also be performing? Positioning the change programme With what aim, of considerable aeronautical value? So that it lands well Whence are we beginning? A good foundation In what provocatory surroundings will we […]

All The Time In Heaven cover

My new album

Well it’s taken me nearly five years, but I’ve finally got this album ready. I won’t say too much about it here except that IT’S GOOD! You can hear it, watch the video, download the album or individual tracks at To hear it live and get a copy to turn over and over in […]

Not About To Fly

A few weeks ago, Mary, Jim, John and I piled into the Captain’s Bar in Edinburgh, set up some cameras on tripods and mimed along to this song from my new album. The other day Pol Arida edited the best of it into this video. Not About To Fly is the jauntiest song in the […]


The Mindfulness Scan 21/2/14

A year or so ago I started a blog about mindfulness and meditation called Coming Back.  The title comes from the fundamental experience of mindfulness, which is that you keep getting distracted and keep coming back to your focus; each time you do it reinforces certain neural pathways which means concentration becomes easier. It’s the […]

William Butler Yeats

Album preview: The Song Of Wandering Aengus

Here’s another preview of my album.  This is a poem by William Butler Yeats. I’m adding to a long series of musical interpretations of it including The Waterboys and Donovan. I now have the master CD and will be sending it off for duplication. The online version will be released on March 1st in […]

Old engraving of two children in sunday best.

Six flavours of ‘anxious to please’

We’re social animals. But sometimes our urge to be part of the herd gets out of hand.  One of the insights of meditation – or maybe just of getting older – is that you spot yourself acting out little scripts and preoccupations normally hidden from your busy, get-on-with-it mind. I was thinking about this the […]