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Beating the Spanish Language Barrier

Beating the Spanish Language Barrier

I quite like watching the TV programme on Channel 4 called “A Place in the Sun”. It’s a little bit of escapism I suppose, imagining yourself in a warmer place under the sun, maybe near the beach. But having lived in Spain for a while, it amazes me how the prospective ex-pats gloss over the […]

The Danced

The Danced

Anthony DeMello, talking about our place in the universe, once said, “You are not the dancer. You are not the dance. You are the ‘danced.’” I’m still not at all sure what that means. But I think we are all part of some great “dance” that we don’t really quite understand. That sounds a bit […]

Stoicism Cold Shower Experiment

Stoicism Cold Shower Experiment

The Stoics have a lot to teach us in this modern world of ours. I’m a great fan. One of the practices of Stoicism is to take something you find pleasurable, and imagine yourself losing it forever, so that you can “rehearse” for the time when you might actually lose it. Another version is to […]

Dreaming of Barnacles

Dreaming of Barnacles

I had the most peculiar dream last night. I was in Shrewsbury Market Hall (@markethallshrew) and saw some giant barnacles for sale. This was not at the fish and seafood stall as you might expect, but at one of the fruit and veg stalls. I’d never seen them for sale before – I didn’t even […]

This is our Live Time

This is our Live Time

We’re here for a chink of light in the dead darkness of the history of the world. I remember that as I eat my muesli and revel in the taste and texture. When I sat in the graveyard a few week ago, looking at all the stone lids of the places where only dust marks […]

When I Typed “Help Me Please” Into Go...

When I Typed “Help Me Please” Into Google

A few weeks ago I typed the phrase “help me please” into Google. What came back was extraordinary, as you can read below. But first of all, you might be wondering – why did I do it? Well, please don’t worry, it wasn’t that I was on the brink of jumping off something tall. But […]

Make Your Employees as Happy as Virgi...

Make Your Employees as Happy as Virgin’s

According to a new article from Virgin.com called “The way we work: is it working?”, 87% of the world’s workforce are not engaged with their work. This is tragic, and it’s something very close to my heart. We all need to feel that we are doing work that has some purpose, where we can express […]

We’re Not THAT Special, But we ARE Un...

We’re Not THAT Special, But we ARE Unique

There is a part of me that’s thinking – well, I’m not that special or different from anyone. I’m just a person who has, like so many, made some choices, tried some stuff, but never really made much of a difference in the world. This much is true. Not sad, just true. An objective commentator, […]

Hello and Welcome!

Hello and Welcome!

Hello! This is Michael H. (Michael for short). This is the place where, over time, you will be able to get a feel for the person behind some of my other business enterprises, find out what makes me tick, what makes me cross, what inspires me. Why would you care? Well, I hope very much […]