I love a good notebook and I’ve been looking for the perfect notebook for many years. Even though I work in IT and have done for several decades, there is something about the feel of paper and pen. The act of writing words out is soothing and has helped me hugely over many years. But it has to be the right notebook and the right pen.
Back in 2012, I was a member of Toastmasters International at my local club, Casterbridge Speakers, in Dorchester. I’d written and given many speeches in the years I was there, but this is one, titled ‘The guru, the hero, the lover and me’, I wrote but never delivered. I thought it might be nice to share it here, just in case, there is anyone out there thinking (or fearing) giving a presentation sometime soon.
‘Throng’ n. – A multitude of persons or of living beings pressing or pressed into a close body or assemblage; a crowd.
Between 2012 and 2020 I interviewed a few hundred authors. In 2020 I changed it to a podcast which took a break for a few months and will be restarting in April. Below are the links the written interviews in date order. I have some more to add and links to update, so keep an eye on the page to see which ones pop up next!
In my experience, there are two types of passion. There is the passion that stems from ‘I must have this’ and the second begins with ‘I really don’t want that’. Many people will say that one (the former) is better than the other because it is more positive, but in my experience, both are equally helpful when it comes to creating massive change.
A psychic once told me that it was almost as if I had appeared fully formed on earth at the age of 10 – rather like Mr Bean – with no history or family to speak of. With a statement like that I might have felt it incumbent upon me to explain why the age of 10 was so significant in my life, and whilst it surely would have been interesting to you; personally, I’m much more interested in the present. As Leslie Poles Hartley once said “the past is a foreign country, they do things differently there“.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about miracles recently and it all started with a question posed in one of those videos you see online that are there one day and impossible to find the next. The question asked the viewer to consider what it would take for a miracle to show up in their life. Note, it didn’t ask them to think about what miracles were or how the miracle would appear, rather it wanted you to consider what to do to allow something massive to change.
I’m guilty m’lud of taking the world around me for granted. I look at the wonders of creation and barely give them a second thought. Of course that tree is growing, my dog wants me to pat him, a friend says hello. All of these things feel commonplace, ordinary, unexceptional. But, when I stopped ‘looking’ … Read more
This week, I’d like to introduce Rory Z Fulcher to the Thursday Throng author interview sofa with his new book Hypno Fasting. Rory is a professional hypnotherapist and stage/street hypnotist, best-selling author and international hypnosis trainer. He’s also one of the HypnoBros, a founding director of HypnoTC: The Hypnotherapy Training Company, as well as a director for the online hypnosis training company Hypnosis-Courses.com.
This week, I’d like to introduce you to Kathryn Colas, author of How to survive menopause without losing your mind, a topic very close to my heart after running the Hysterectomy Association for 22 years. Kathryn is the founder and chief executive of the women’s advice and support service Simply Hormones, her aim is to empower women with better information and influence policy and practices to improve their daily lives.
This week’s Thursday Throng author interview is with James Murdo, author of Siouca Remembers. James was born and still lives in London. He graduated from university with a Masters degree in Physics, which added fuel to his early love of science fiction. Siouca is a member of the advanced Wanderer civilisation; they are coming, but what do they want?