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Flash Mob in Chicago 2009: a brilliant feel-good event

I am something of a podcast addict these days.  Add to this an unconnected, but no less intense, love of flash mob footage and I am a happy bunny.

You guys may already seen the clip below, as it is 8 years old.  But I picked it up only recently while listening to a fascinating podcast called Making Oprah.  A short series of three main episodes, and three bonus episodes, this broadcast covers ‘the inside story of a TV revolution’.

To open the Oprah Winfrey Show’s 24th season in 2009, the producers staged a massive party in Chicago.  Oprah knew that the Black Eyed Peas would be performing.  What she did not know was that the 20,000-strong audience would be participating in a flash mob surprise for her.  This footage is amazing – the flash mob itself is mesmerizing, and Oprah’s reactions are brilliant, right from the start where she is clearly confused about why only one person in the audience is dancing.

It’s a few minutes of feel-good watching.  The perfect way to start the week! 🙂

PS:  if you want more of this stuff, there are loads of clips on YouTube about the preparations and rehearsals for the final performance.

Happy Birthday Elvenhome!

 

A year on from Hub’s guest post about the start of his model rail journey, here is an update from him…..

Hello everyone.  It is Hub here again.  Yes, you are right.  The Lizzie Question was posed again (for those who do not know what that is I suggest you read my last post).  I happened idly to mention to my dear wife that it was nearly a year since my first video on my YouTube channel presented to the world my N gauge model railway layout Elvenhome.  Her little eyes lit up.  A smile crossed her face as she formulated the question.  I knew what was coming.  I could see the words forming in her brain and moving, synapse to synapse, to send the signal to the vocal chords.  “Might you like to write…”.  I capitulated at once.

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Find Your Colour, Whatever It May Be

In The Chimp Paradox by Dr Steve Peters, the reader is invited to “imagine that you are 100 years old and on your death bed with one minute left to live. Your great-great-grandchild asks, ‘Before you die, tell me what I should do with my life?’”

The answers you come up with are really advice to yourself.  Peters says “if you are not living by this advice, which is the essence of your existence, you are living a lie. Don’t live a lie; it will unsettle you more than anything else.”

My own results from doing this exercise can be summarised as follows:

“Take notice of who you are and be that person with all your heart.”

~ Liz Humphreys

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Spring Reading Review 2017

Picture of Admont Abbey Library – Austria, from http://www.dandalton.me

Back in January, I wrote about my plans to read my own library in 2017.  I should have known that reality would turn out differently – it always does when I think I have a reading plan.

The majority of books read since my last reading review post back in January have been library books (hurrah for libraries!).  And so my own library currently remains largely unread.  I like looking at books on shelves almost as much as I like reading them, so I am not at all troubled by this.

Here are some thoughts on a few of the books that I have most particularly enjoyed in recent times.

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I’m Here: So Are You

 

Alex Katz, Three Figures On a Subway, 1948, Oil on masonite, 13 1/2 x 29 inches, Alex Katz Collection, Colby College, Maine. © Alex Katz / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY, Courtesy Colby College Museum of Art, Gift of the artist – see http://www.timothytaylor.com

“A great relationship is about two things. First, appreciating the similarities, and second, respecting the differences.”

~ Unknown

I am not usually in the business of promoting adverts for beer, but I feel compelled to make an exception in the case of the latest offering from Heineken.  Check out this short film which demonstrates starkly and powerfully how well we can get along with other people who hold views different from our own, if we just make a tiny effort to spend some time with them.

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It’s The Inside That Counts

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My sister, Rachel, is the most amazing person.  She has met and surpassed the challenges of all kinds of battles in her life, always with dignity, pragmatism and a positive attitude.

“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”
~ Lao Tzu

In the last couple of weeks, she has once again had to draw on all her strength and resources.  Out of the blue, she discovered that she had developed the condition called Alopecia Areata.  The most difficult aspect of this has been coping with the experience of clumps and clumps of hair coming out over a short period of time.

Happily, now that she has lost virtually all her hair, she has been able to see her new look as just that; the latest of many different ‘hairstyles’ that she has rocked over the years.  I wanted to share with you this short video she filmed today in response to the many messages of support received from friends and family.  She is the living embodiment of the premise that what’s inside us matters 100% more than the outside.  Her message of acceptance; perspective and calm is an inspiration.

Thank you, Rach, for setting us all such a shining example of how to live our best life.  Love you loads. Xxx 🙂

“Beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.”
~ Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

 

What Would You Do?

Bollywood Sequence Scarf with a twist!

On the face of it, this post is about knitting.  But fear not all ye non-knitters.  There’s a lesson here for everyone….

It has been a while since I posted an update about any of my knitting projects.  I was starting to think about what I might write on this topic, when fate intervened.

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“The Inevitable Nature of our Ridiculousness”

 

Spot the difference – two sides of me in Paris!

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
~ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

I have been a bit poorly over the last couple of weeks.  Nothing remotely serious – a cold and a cough.  But don’t you find that when you have ‘only a cold’, you feel utterly rubbish?

Feeling under the weather can make us vulnerable to mind-tricks.  Negative messages seem like well-worn truths:  You’ll never amount to much; Who do you think you are, writing a blog for other people to read?

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