6th July 2015 08:16 | 0 comments

I’ve met the most wonderful people in grass roots cricket in Antigua.

It started by watching Fire In Babylon, the documentary about the West Indies cricket team that dominated during the 70’s and 80’s. This is sport with a higher purpose that fires up your heart. You must watch it.

During apartheid in South Africa, the West Indies cricket team, led by Viv Richards, had a message for the world – that the black man is a free man – and they channelled all that fierceness and fire into their sport and became the best in the world.

There is magic in that fire. Three weeks later I was sat with Sir Andy Roberts, the legendary fast bowler from that very team at my local bar. Andy is from Urlings village and was the first Antiguan to play Test cricket.

I’d been to watch Urlings Cricket Club and it was fantastic! The pitch scorched from the blazing sun. Caribbean music blasts over the Tannoy for every four, six or wicket. The younger kids are the first to arrive and last to leave practicing their bowling non stop, often no shoes, no pads – raw talent. There’s a wealth of national and international experience in the senior players. I’ve been so lucky to be part of a lot of grass roots football around the world and Urlings CC has the magic.

What is missing are the facilities to bring it all together. “A club house will provide much needed facilities, pride and focus to bring this talent through to the club and national level in Antigua and Barbuda.” said Andy Roberts.

The kids inspired me. They are special. I think they’ve already bowled 10,000 hours at 8 years old! To support that talent and dedication I’ve set up a fundraising campaign. Take a look: http://www.gofundme.com/UrlingsCC. It would be great if you can contribute.

One big thank you! And please do visit when it is built and cricket season in Antigua & Barbuda is open.

Urlings CC Scoreboard

Kids practicing

Andy Roberts

Urlin

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20th October 2014 14:36 | 2 comments

What's your version of success?

Success in the West is being famous, making six or seven figures, owning a couple of houses, getting married and having 2.2 kids. And it’s rammed down our throats non stop as the right and only version.

And then we wonder why so many people are miserable, empty, numb, questioning what elusive thing is missing from their lives. You, your true nature, your heart is missing.

Not always, of course. Not if you have been doing what you love, living in harmony with your true nature, creating your heart’s vision and fulfilling your purpose.

Spending time with warm-hearted people of Antigua, immersed in nature, living with the ocean I frequently hear very different versions of success. Success is being cool (meaning living peacefully), success is keeping it simple, success is appreciating life.  The conveyor belt of required achievements is noticeably absent and with it the pressure to compete, perform, prove your worth, keep up, be good enough. You can breathe, let that all go, appreciate the simple wonders of life and connect to your own true version of success.

Guillaume Nery, world champion in free diving, can hold his breath for a staggering 7 minutes and 42 seconds and dive to 117 metres in one breath.  In this short film shown recently at the Ocean Film Festival he declares a version of his success as “being in harmony with the ocean.”

I’m enjoying exploring many different versions of success, especially those beyond the Western norm, as they are freeing and inviting of our true nature.  And let’s face it we are going to have to go way beyond the out of date heartless versions of success in the Western world for our culture and people to thrive and flourish.

My own version of success is allowing my heart to show me the way. This is when I’m connected to the divine, receiving inspiration, living from my higher nature and appreciating the wonders of life. I’m at my most creative, delightful surprises and magic unfolds, it’s fun and clear, enlivening and beauty is everywhere.

What’s your version? I’d love to hear.

 

 

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17th October 2014 12:32 | 3 comments

Ken Loach at Campfire Bath

Acclaimed British Film Director, Ken Loach, was our guest storyteller at Campfire Bath a couple of weeks ago. 

Ken has a long career directing films for television and cinema from Cathy Come Home and Kes to Looking for Eric, The Wind that Shakes the Barley and most recently Jimmy’s Hall. He is also known for his integrity, for never selling out to Hollywood and speaking out on issues in Society that matter.

Whilst Global Communications Director for the Homeless World Cup I became aware that it was Cathy Come Home that led to the foundation of Shelter. That a film, entertainment, a powerful story, can also inspire and create social change is very inspiring to me.  

So it was a rare treat to gather in a local pub with a hundred or so people to hear his stories that traversed film, the NHS, Palestine and football, all weaved around the theme of Collaboration.

Ken shares: “We have a choice between collaboration or competition. You either work with people or against them, to dominate them. People try to make the spirit of our time about competition – doing a deal, being Alan Sugar’s apprentice. And I think we are better than that, we thrive when we collaborate when we work together and we are a team.” Here here!

Fresh back from the Russell Tribunal in Brussels, also know as the International War Crimes Tribunal, Ken explained his head was full of the atrocities recorded in Palestine. He has a great gift for laying out the difficult truths about humanity for us all to see and hear.  The tension palpable and then just as it’s almost unbearable he flips us all to the power of football to unite a community.

My favourite story was listening to him share that one of the best bits of making a film is driving around with the location manager in the British Summer, listening to cricket on the radio. “Because you are in innocence and at that moment nothing is compromised.” I was transported right there with them, in the back of the car. Heaven.

Thank you to everyone who created a great night as you raised £440 for the Bath City FC Community Sports Foundation, bringing the benefits of football to children in Bath. Ken is Chairman.

Emma Horn, Simon Tapscott, Kat Byles, Co-founders of Campfire Bath

Emma Horn, Simon Tapscott, Kat Byles, Co-founders of Campfire Bath

I set up Campfire bath with Emma Horn, producer and Simon Tapscott of Do Good Things to bring inspiration, collaboration and storytelling to the people of Bath directing their energy to create good things.  Follow us on Twitter to hear of future gatherings.

 

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6th September 2014 15:02 | 0 comments

Castles in the Sky

If you haven’t seen Castles in the Sky, then you must.  A glorious piece of television, it is the story of the magician Robert Watson Watt, who invented radar and the beauty of the creative process he travelled to get there.  Writer, Ian Kershaw, deeply understands and loves creativity, the art of making the invisible visible, of making the impossible possible.  Wonderful.

Today, I particularly loved the recognition of the team – it is never one man or woman alone.  There was a father of the invention, a mother of the invention and a whole host of others standing for the heart of it.

The moment Robert Watson-Watt said a very fierce ‘NO’ to the person continually and negatively focusing on the problems instead of focusing on and believing in the end result which allows ‘a shift, something to happen.’ How in this fierce stand the commitment to the end result doubles, is fired up and charged and power moves in its favour.

I smiled in recognition of the set up of creating for a client who does not know the creative path. Who doubts and diminishes the project with an arrogance and ignorance. Until you have nailed it and they sweep in for the glory, recognition, it is suddenly theirs you can leave now.  And how of course it never is because the beauty and the glory comes from having lived it and breathed it into being. The grit of never giving up, the strength to pull yourself up from the floor in the moments when you don’t know how and want to throw in the towel and feelings of defeat and failure sweep over you.  And carrying on and following your heart and believing anyway – that is the prize, that is the magic and that will only ever belong to the brave hearts, the people with courage to believe in the impossible.

And I breath in a moment of gratitude and awareness that I work with clients right now who do know, love and tread the creative path, or if they don’t walk it themselves respect and honour those who do – we are collaborators.

Absolutely genius television. It made me want to go out and roar up at the sky!

If you’ve seen it then I’d love to know the stand out bits for you.

And if you haven’t you can catch it on BBC iPlayer until Thursday 9 September.

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14th August 2014 08:33 | 0 comments

Ken Loach

I’m so happy to announce that British film director Ken Loach will be our guest storyteller at Campfire Bath on Tuesday 30 September 2014, 7.30pm at The Porter, Bath.

This is a rare and such a special opportunity to share a pint and listen to stories from an acclaimed British film director.

The event will raise funds for Bath City FC Community Sports Foundation, which brings the benefits of sports to children in Bath, of which Ken Loach is Chairman.

Ken Loach has had a long career directing films for television and cinema from Cathy Come Home and Kes to Looking for Eric, The Wind that Shakes the Barley and most recently Jimmy’s Hall. He is also known for never selling out to Hollywood and speaking out on issues in Society that matter.

Drawing on stories and experience from film, his work in local community and society Ken will be sharing stories of ‘Collaboration’. The importance of collaboration in creativity, whether that is creating a film or a local community or wider society, and the role we can each play in choosing collaboration over competition.

Ken Loach, said: “Words like ‘collaboration’, ‘teamwork’ and ‘community’ have been devalued through overuse. Yet our society has become fractured and divided. I look forward to discussing how we can resolve this paradox, with a few stories from behind the camera thrown in!”

Campfire Bath tickets cost £12.50 (earlybird), £15 (general admission) and can be purchased here.  Get them now as it will sell out.

Campfire Bath was set up by Emma Horn, producer, Simon Tapscott, Do Good Things, and myself, to bring inspiration, collaboration and storytelling to the people of Bath doing good.  Previous guest storytellers include John Cullum sharing stories and insights on TALENT after nurturing the natural talent in two boys – Ben and Jamie Cullum – to become world-class musicians.

Follow Campfire Bath on Twitter or Facebook.

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10th July 2014 13:03 | 0 comments

Emma Guirao, founder of G-Force Promotions, looks after the TV promotions for music artists in the UK and agreed to have a play with a Polaroid camera to capture and share her creative work day.

With more than 17 years experience in music television, Emma Guirao has worked with everyone from global superstars Coldplay and Tinie Tempah to iconic performers Blur, Tom Jones and Snoop Dogg.

So armed with a Polaroid 600 camera and pack of Impossible Project colour film she head off to capture her working day at the BAFTA‘s where she had booked Tinie Tempah and Laura Mvula for the opening music performance of the Film Awards night.  And remember Tinie hi-fived Prince William and his profile rocketed around the world?

Here are Emma’s Polaroid pictures…

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If you would love to play with a pack of Impossible Project Film and a Polaroid Camera to capture and share your creative working day get in touch.

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8th July 2014 19:50 | 0 comments

Painting inspired Belle

If you haven’t yet, please do see Belle, the British drama directed by Amma Asante, written by Misan Sagay, and produced by Damian Jones.

This is the wonderful, true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay and an African woman, probably a slave, from a Spanish vessel in the Caribbean.  On her mother’s death Sir John places Dido in the home of her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield who happens to be the Lord Chief Justice.  Their relationship plays a key role in the abolition of slavery.

The film is inspired by the painting of Dido with her cousin and companion Lady Elizabeth Murray at Kenwood House. There are painful scenes of the two women shopping for potential husbands with both men and women appraising each other according to social rank, financial status and skin colour. That is until Dido meets an idealistic young vicar’s son with the conviction and focus to change society.

Apart from the uplift of enjoying a wonderful story I’m left convinced that if we can upgrade and abolish slavery there is absolutely no reason we cannot do the same in current day. Upgrade and abolish energy that is polluting, upgrade and abolish banking that is corrupt, upgrade and abolish business that is diseased by corporate greed and exploitation.

And I’m reminded of the important role that women have in leading the way. If Dido Belle, a young mixed race woman can be brave enough to speak out and take actions for a better world at a time when this was unheard of what are we waiting for?

And I’m reminded that the way of the upgrade is Love.  The film suggests it was Lord Mansfield’s love for Belle that lies at the heart of his decision and ruling on a case that led to the abolishment of slavery. Love gives us the insight and courage to take the brave action beyond the patterns we are accustomed to that is so needed in times of upgrade.

For as Sir John Lindsay says in the movie: “What is right can never be impossible.” No more excuses, only courage.

Thank you Dido Belle Lindsay.

 

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