The Story of Zen

Posted on March 1, 2016 in Stuff I Like

bodhidharma, zen monk

I remember the confusion I felt in my religious studies class at school when the teacher asked me what Zen was. “I don’t know, sir.” I shrugged. “Correct!” I was told. Mr Hickman, if you’re reading this, thank you for…

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The Road Junky Festival of Creativity

Posted on February 16, 2015 in Stuff I Like

festival storytellling

I’ve never liked festivals much. They’re crowded, the food is expensive and bad, they’re muddy, and if you lose your friends you wander around a bit lost and alone. So I’ve decided to organise my own festival but one for…

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The Courage of Sinead O’Connor

Posted on June 24, 2011 in Stuff I Like

sinead o'connor and the pope

The strength of character shown here by Sinead O’Connor really blew me away. She was due to sing at a concert in honour of Bob Dylan but her recent remarks on child abuse within the Catholic Church caused the Catholics…

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The Story of Tom Thumb

Posted on May 13, 2010 in Stuff I Like

folklore stor of tom thumb

I got my name by hitchhiking to India but the Tom Thumb stories go way back. Tom Thumb has been a popular character in English myths and legends for centuries (you can read the full story at the bottom of…

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Some Sufi Stories

Posted on May 13, 2010 in Stuff I Like

essential rumi coleman barks

The Essential Rumi from Coleman Barks These are a few of my favourite stories from the luminous Sufi poet, Rumi, a Persian mystic of the 13th century. Trust God But Tie Your Camel There was once a man who was…

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