Sunday, 26 June 2016

Here's a handy definition of democracy to meditate on, hopefully we can then all move on together: 

Democracy, or democratic government, is "a system of government in which all the people of a state or polity ... are involved in making decisions about its affairs, typically by voting to elect representatives to a parliament or similar assembly", as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary.[1] Democracy is further defined as (a:) "government by the people; especially : rule of the majority (b:) "a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

I wonder if Daenerys Targaryen stood in the US elections as a fictional character she would give Trump and Hillary a run for their money?

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Sorting your training equipment

When you decide to sort your personal training equipment and realise why you have three sports bags...

England 39 vs Australia 28 Making History Highlights Video rugby uni...

Meanwhile on the other side of the world. Fans of both teams drank together before, during and after the game. The English rugby team took on the number two team in the world in a tough brutal match. We won and nobody threw bottles or chairs at each other. Lovely result.

Probably the national team you should follow.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Duende is a hugely important element of Flamenco, but it cannot really be included in the list above, because depending on the artist and their performance it may or may not be present.
The word duende actually refers to the mystical creatures like sprites, elves and goblins, but when spoken about in the context of Flamenco, when a person has duende, it is a little bit like saying they have soul. Not something you can learn!
The concept of duende has been the subject of much discussion over the years; it is interpreted in many different ways by different people and given a deep, spiritual significance by many poets and writers over decades.
The great Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca, was fascinated by duende and was once quoted as saying that, ”Duende could only be present when one sensed that death was possible.”
Now that sounds pretty extreme, but here he is perhaps referring to those performances where the artist has entirely lost themselves in the music and let go of themselves completely arriving at a point where they are in a heightened state of raw emotion.
Witnessing the artist behaving in this strangely vulnerable way you could be forgiven for thinking that they may have temporarily lost their mind.
Duende is not thought to be a state that only the artist can reach. It is believed that with an open mind, heart and soul those witnessing the performance can also be possessed by the mysterious power of duende.
For me, perhaps the most evocative description of duende, again, from Federico Garcia Lorca, who relayed a description of duende that had been explained to him once by an old guitar maestro.
I feel this description tells us all we need to know.
“The duende is not in the throat; the duende climbs up inside you, from the soles of the feet”.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Sifu Daniel Lee - Rest In Peace

In memory of Sifu Daniel Lee, one of the original China Town students of Bruce Lee, who passed away yesterday. A really cool and awesome teacher.