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Appreciating the Cloud Appreciation Society

I recently visited one of my favourite places on earth, Lundy Island off the north coast of Devon, for the 22nd time.

Lundy Island has superb cloudscapes

Between the arrival of the island ship, the MS Oldenburg, and its departure that evening, I was puzzled to see dozens of people wandering around wearing badges around their necks. (more…)

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The one with the links to happiness

Can we make ourselves happier?  It is a question I have looked at so often – along with feminist issues – that I even have a category for it on this blog called Existential – and women.

Some say that a combination of a) physical activity; b) other people; and c) nature is the key to happiness, cf walking the Dales Way in England 

One of my key ways to improve my mood, when things appear to be going wrong, is to take a step back and get some perspective.  I wrote about this in my 2017 blog Things are getting worse, right?  Wrong.  Here’s why.

Other happiness-related blogs include:

–  How to be happy: 11 simple tools  (more…)

How to be happy: 11 simple tools

When I entered the Warner West End in London’s Leicester Square, the movie I’d come to see had sold out.

So I chose a random feature which was about to start: Risky Businessstarring what now seems an astonishingly young Tom Cruise.

I found it hilarious, cunningly-plotted and elegant.  It includes one of the great lines of all time: “Who’s the U-Boat commander?”

Sixteen years later, at the Sony Centre in Berlin, the same thing happened. This time, the not-sold-out-picture I ended up seeing was The Sixth Sense. I found it spooky, shocking and exhilarating.

Two of the films I’ve enjoyed most in my life. I often thought it was because I had zero expectations.

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