Puddles or portals? Another world underfoot

Puddles or portals? Another world underfoot

We’ve had a couple of weeks of fairly relentless rain and wind here in Orkney. One day last week we had such a downpour that our track was awash with run-off from the neighbouring fields, shin-deep in places, and we spent lunchtime digging little sluices and trenches...

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Where Once The Waters

Where Once The Waters

ICE AND WATER In early September, unprecedented rainfall left a third of Pakistan under water. The video clips of huge surges of brown water sweeping away bridges, houses and livelihoods demonstrated, again, that the climate emergency is happening right now and its...

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the pleasures of looking

the pleasures of looking

We've had a long series of gales with heavy rain this last week so it’s all been a bit grey and dark. But last weekend was one of those lustrous soft days we sometimes get here in Orkney in winter, when the low-angled light makes everything luminous. So I am really...

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on the tyranny of goals and targets

on the tyranny of goals and targets

In the correspondence I have with the wonderful people I work with as coach and mentor I am often struck by how harsh they are with themselves, how much their confidence and wellbeing seems to hinge on achieving this or that creative goal. Indeed, the wider world of...

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