Edmund Hillary Fellowship launch – Aotearoa New Zealand, January 27, 2017


Learn more about the Fellowship programme at: http://www.ehf.org and http://www.hillaryinstitute.com

“I like to quote Shakespeare. But in this case …” –


“I like to quote Shakespeare. But in this case, the rapper Eminem said it best: Words are a motherfucker.”

Jillian Keenan: Sex with Shakespeare: Here’s Much to Do with Pain, but More with Love

“Ashes to Ashes” – David Bowie, and others


A David Bowie story (but mind the language) …
With thanks to Michael Dignum on Facebook, and the one and only Amanda F Palmer.


“On set with Bowie

One part of my job is to keep the talent close while we make small changes to lighting and camera positions. While shooting the video for David Bowie’s Miracle goodnight we had a change that was gonna take 10-15 mins to complete. I decided to strike up a conversation to kill the time. Let face i was talking to my childhood hero. I asked Mr Bowie what was the biggest moment in his career. His reply was EPIC. and It went like this
David….. Well let me tell you about it. I had quit the attitude as a young pop star, its easy to get caught up in the hype. It changes you. So i was on the set of the music video Ashes to ashes, do you know the one.
Me………Yes i do. (thinking boy if only he knew)
Bowie… So we’re on the beach shooting this scene with a giant bulldozer. The camera was on a very long lens. (Camera is along way away, but the artist fills the frame) In this video i’m dressed from head to toe in a clown suit. Why not.I hear playback and the music starts. So off I go, I start singing and walking, but as soon as I do this old geezer with an old dog walk right between me and the camera.
Me………Laugh (seeing this video in my head and what that must of been like on the set)
Bowie….Well knowing this is gonna take a while I walked past the old guy and sat next to camera in my full costume waiting for him to pass. As he is walking by camera the director said, excuse me Mr do you know who this is? The old guy looks at me from bottom to top and looks back to the director and said….
Old Man……. Of course i do!!!! its some cunt in a clown suit
Bowie………. That was a huge moment for me, It put me back in my place and made me realize, yes i’m just a cunt in a clown suit. I think about that old guy all the time.

This was just one of the Stories Mr Bowie shared with me that day. I was so happy that my childhood Hero Stayed my hero as an adult.
RIP Mr Bowie..

‪#‎DavidBowie‬ ‪#‎Bowie‬


Janis Joplin on Rejection – Her Final Interview

“In my insides, it really hurts if someone doesn’t like me. It’s silly.”  – Janis Joplin

“Start close in …” – David Whyte

image credit: David Whyte, "The Descent to Troutbeck" Cumbria, 2011

image credit: David Whyte, “The Descent to Troutbeck” Cumbria, 2011


Start close in,
don’t take the second step
or the third,
start with the first
close in,
the step
you don’t want to take.

Start with
the ground
you know,
the pale ground
beneath your feet,
your own
way to begin
the conversation.

Start with your own
give up on other
people’s questions,
don’t let them
smother something

To hear
another’s voice,
your own voice,
wait until
that voice

becomes an
private ear
that can
really listen
to another.

Start right now
take a small step
you can call your own
don’t follow
someone else’s
heroics, be humble
and focused,
start close in,
don’t mistake
that other
for your own.

Start close in,
don’t take
the second step
or the third,
start with the first
close in,
the step
you don’t want to take.

River Flow
New & Selected Poems
Many Rivers Press © David Whyte


“Rainbow In The Clouds” – Maya Angelou R.I.P.


“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life …” – Georgia O’Keeffe


 – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.”

image credit: Tony Vaccaro, Santa Fe 1960

image credit: Tony Vaccaro, Santa Fe 1960