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We had the good fortune to see a falconer in action over the weekend, and the pic above shows him flying Bella, an owl originally from India. What struck me most about what he explained to us was that Bella, … Continue reading

What inspires me

Today we had a lunch’n’learn chat about inspiration and that got me thinking about what inspires me. To keep myself entertained, I thought I’d make a list:

  • London. Things always change, open up, close down, move around, stop working, start doing new things. 
  • My books. I am a passionate collector of books. I try and stick to a few core collections (books about books, books about Americans raving about Paris, books about Venice, travel guides to every destination we go to, psychogeography) but somehow lots of other books seemed to have crept into the flat.
  • Magazines. Love ‘em. Spend probably too much money on them. Amazingly, I find the Netherlands a better magazine country (more variety & diversity in titles, easier to get hold of decent mags) than the UK. I try and regularly pick up titles I otherwise wouldn’t read, just to see what’s in them. My favourite recent finds are a girl surfing magazine, a magazine about slow travel and Lucky Peach. 
  • My friends. My friends never cease to amaze me, surprise me and inspire me.
  • Pushing myself into areas that I’m not sure I can do well. Heck, both the design degree as well as the MBA did wonders for it. There’s something magical about making a new field of study/area of expertise your own. You pull a thread and before you know it, you’re following all kinds of interesting avenues. 

A little gift

Last night, I canceled my order of books on Amazon and decided to instead swing by Foyles on the way home to pick up the books I was after. I figure I want Foyles to stay around so I should put my money where my mouth is. 

My beau joined me for a little bit, and then we walked to Tottenham Court Road via Denmark Street, which is where all the guitar/music shops are. All of a sudden, both of us stopped in our tracks. That voice! I’d never heard anything like it. On this street, on a perfectly ordinary Monday night, there was a voice unlike anything I’d ever heard before. It was wafting down the street, seemingly coming from a humble little speaker in a doorway of one of the nightclubs. Wow. 

And that would’ve been that, if it hadn’t been for Shazam. Beau whipped out the phone, fired up Shazam and we figured out that this hauntingly beautiful voice was William Elliott Whitmore. Thanks to Spotify and Youtube we were listening to some of his music once we got home. And wow. 

One of my absolute favourites so far is this performance at Jools Holland (warning, video link to Youtube).  

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