22 January 2015

Milly Can Rap rides again

PHOTO: Olli Heinanen

As you may or may not know I've got a relatively new pan-European improv project that I'm really excited about.

Part improv duo, part freestyle goofabout, this supergroup is me and Trent Pancy (and when fortune allows,Sacha Hoedemaker on piano). Together we are Milly Can Rap.


15 January 2015

A proper start to the new year

This post originally appeared on Alexander and James. When you're done here, head there and have a read, and buy some spirits while you're there.

January comes in like a lion. As do many people; marching at full stride, prideful, brimming with best intentions. Only to have that energy peter out surprisingly quickly, like pound store batteries. 

Make no mistake about it: in the direction of bravado and absolutism lies only disappointment. The good news is, there is another, better way.


05 January 2015

Zen and the art of nederlands maintenance

I went to a proefles (trial lesson) for a Dutch-language Zen Buddhist meditation class yesterday, thinking that I could kill two birds with one stone. Admittedly, this was a terrible start.


31 December 2014

A few favourite posts from 2014

As is both customary and appropriate at this time of year, I've done some number crunching and general blog review, and compiled some of the  most popular posts from the past year, added in a couple that I am quite proud of, and presented it as ostensibly new content, when it is really nothing of the sort.


02 December 2014

A journey through South Africa

The flight to Johannesburg is eleven hours. As far as flights go, that's pretty long. As far as anything goes that's pretty long. The good news is that, on top of that flight taking me to South Africa (!), I actually, for the most part, enjoy lengthy flights. 

Being on a plane for that length of time, even accounting for the indignities of coach class, is like the WALL-E version of the future (in a good way); a plane ride basically consists of you sitting in a reasonably comfortable reclining chair with a display screen full of entertainment in front of you, while people in uniform patrol the aisle beside your seat, bringing you food and drinks.

You can even fall asleep onto your half-finished dinner, and when you awake your leftover food has been cleared away and you are beginning your descent into a new city.

In this case also a different country and a different continent. Pretty sweet.


10 November 2014

Airport times

I was in Barcelona last week for The BIG IF # 2 (which was a hell of a fine improv festival, with great shows, people, workshops and general times, from beginning until end).

When I was walking through Schiphol yesterday afternoon, I realized that I would quite soon be on my way back through that airport, as I'm flying to London this afternoon.

Then Thursday I'm heading back to the airport to fly to Johannesburg, where I will meet Chiara, and hopefully some lions, elephants and penguins.


07 October 2014

Getting Lucky

I've been thinking a lot about the idea of 'getting lucky' (in the superstitious  not biblical  way). I think it has a lot to do with how much of the reading about business I've been doing, boils down to "luck is when preparation meets opportunity, and that's how you succeed" kind of philosophy.

Though I may be paraphrasing slightly.

But in a time of crisis I'll take any pithy slogan I can get my hands on, and cling to it like a life preserver. Or, when things are good, like now, I'll try and show some gratitude to the universe for any positive outcomes, while simultaneously diverting some of that credit back onto myself. After all, I couldn't have gotten lucky if I wasn't so prepared, right?

And so far, it seems to be working.


18 September 2014

Beautiful justifications: wabi-sabi

Design from Lost in Translation by Ella Frances Sanders

My favourite jeans have a pronounced wallet fade, and a hole in the pocket that's been resewn almost a dozen times. They look great. They look, and feel, distinctly mine.

The longer I have a notebook, the more I like it; pages get bent, the stickers on the cover peel, it gets that lived in look and feel. 

I love that look. And feel.