14 Feb 2015, Posted by Nick.
Day Workshop: The Art of Letting Go
In a stressed-out world, can we learn to trust and go with life's flow?
Facilitated by author Nick Thorpe
Saturday 21st March 2015, 10am to 4.30pm
The Bield at Blackruthven, Perth, PH1 1PY
Price: £40 including lunch
Would you like to join me in the beautiful Perthshire countryside for my day workshop in the art of letting go?
Based at one of my favourite places, the secluded retreat centre at The Bield at Blackruthven just outside Perth, Read more [...]
07 Dec 2014, Posted by Nick.
A STORY OF FAITH AND SEPARATION
The novelist Michel Faber talks about his new book, his Evangelical background, atheism, and the loss of his wife.
ARRIVING to interview Michel Faber, I feel awestruck and slightly puzzled.
06 Nov 2014, Posted by Nick.
In National Adoption Week, NICK THORPE reflects on the most challenging and fulfilling experience of his life...
MONTHS before we met our son for the first time, I knew in my gut that I wanted to be his dad. The description from the social worker chimed for both of us: “A lively, sociable three-year-old with a sunny personality and a streak of mischief, C loves to talk about his feelings and listen to story books…” My wife and I put in our application, made a DVD to introduce ourselves, Read more [...]
17 Sep 2014, Posted by Nick.
MY 9-year-old son is very clear on why he would vote no to independence in the Scottish referendum tomorrow - if only he had a vote. “Why would I want to be separated from my cousins in London?” says the only Scottish-born member of our family. “And anyway, we’d suck at the Olympics.”
I understand his point of view, though it makes me sad. Indeed, it’s a pithy summary of what is most forceful and emotive in the case against independence: 1) It will needlessly and heartlessly break Read more [...]
03 Mar 2014, Posted by Nick.
FROM AEON MAGAZINE
On my desk stands a miniature of an Easter Island moai, carved for me by a Rapa Nui craftsman. It’s precious to me, hewn from the same stone his ancestors used for the world-famous monoliths, textured with the tiny air-bubbles of millennia-old lava, and carrying memories of the friends I made on my voyage there.
On another level, however, it’s also an uneasy symbol of humanity’s precarious relationship with the material world – because the original 13ft ancestor Read more [...]
13 Dec 2013, Posted by Nick.
What inspires us to take the risks that really matter in life?
On 30th January 2014, I am excited to be co-organising and participating in an unusual one-day event that aims to find out.
Held in Glasgow and aimed at senior managers, policy makers and leaders - which is all of us, on one level or another - it's a one-day learning conference entitled Taking Meaningful Risks. This is a theme which has become very important to me in recent years, and which has already generated some great conversations Read more [...]
29 Nov 2013, Posted by Nick.
Stumped for Christmas gifts?
I can mail you (or your beloved recipient) one of my signed books with your choice of personalised dedication if that would hit the spot.
Just drop me a line at my contact email and we'll arrange postage and settle up by paypal.
Thanks! Shameless sales pitch over... Read more [...]
30 Oct 2013, Posted by Nick.
RENATO Cardenas lives alone in a bleached wooden house, shielded by pine trees and the kind of mysterious smile you might expect from a wizard.
Not that he will admit to being a wizard. "I've heard that people call me El Brujo Cardenas," is all he will concede, tantalisingly, as he ushers us inside, amusement twitching at the corners of his pointed grey beard.
He has good reason to be reticent. According to the luxuriant folklore of Chiloe, this mist-shrouded archipelago a few miles and Read more [...]
27 Sep 2013, Posted by Nick.
Great to see John Rae finally getting the recognition he deserves on his 200th birthday. Never heard of him? Me neither, until I came across the story of Britain’s most undervalued Arctic explorer a few years ago in Orkney.
Born in Stromness, Dr Rae's accomplishments tower above those of many of his more famous Victorian contemporaries. Starting his career as a surgeon with the Hudson Bay Company, he was the first to identify the last link in the elusive Northwest Passage between Atlantic Read more [...]
29 May 2013, Posted by Nick.
You've probably never heard of Sir John Crofton, but if you value your lungs, you should certainly toast him.
It was Crofton, half a century ago, who discovered the first 100 per cent cure for the age-old scourge of tuberculosis. Crofton, too, who pioneered the global method currently being used to fight terrifying new drug-resistant strains on Europe’s doorstep. With his campaigning doctor wife, Eileen, he also laid 30 years of groundwork for Britain’s first smoking ban in Scotland.
And Read more [...]