06 Nov 2014, Posted by Nick in Features, General, Parenting, Psychology, Spirituality, Urban Worrier, 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , , ,

My Adoption Journey


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 [...]
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27 Sep 2013, Posted by Nick in Adrift in Caledonia, Book Reviews, Books, Features, General, Journalism, 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Exploring Dangerous Truths


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 [...]
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29 May 2013, Posted by Nick in Books, Features, General, Interviews, Journalism, 0 Comments Tagged , , , , ,

A Quiet Hero


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 [...]
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23 Jan 2013, Posted by Nick in Adrift in Caledonia, Books, Eight Men and a Duck, Features, The writing life, Urban Worrier, 0 Comments

Backstage at TEDx Bucharest


Watch Nick's talk on YouTube  Romania's Palace of the Parliament is designed to intimidate. Twelve stories tall, with 1,100 rooms decked in a million cubic meters of Transylvanian marble, it was originally built by the Ceaușescu regime at a cost of 3 billion euros. I first took a tour of its vast, echoing halls about ten years ago when I was in Bucharest on a story for the Guardian, and could only imagine how this opulent white elephant (the chandeliers and lights alone required 3500 Read more [...]
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23 Jan 2013, Posted by Nick in Adrift in Caledonia, Books, Eight Men and a Duck, Journalism, Parenting, Psychology, Spirituality, The writing life, Urban Worrier, 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

TEDx Talk: On Meaningful Risk


TEDx conference, Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest, Romania  November 2012 "My name is Nick Thorpe, I'm a writer and journalist, and I have a fascination with risk-taking. Despite my innate anxiety - or perhaps because of it - I seem compelled to stretch myself, force myself into the present moment. But what's changed over the years is the kind of risks I take. In the past it was physical, an adrenalin buzz from a reed boat adventure or a leap off a cliff. But I like to think I am learning Read more [...]
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08 Aug 2012, Posted by Nick in Adrift in Caledonia, Eight Men and a Duck, Parenting, Spirituality, Urban Worrier, 0 Comments Tagged , , , ,

My travels in 6 minutes


A few weeks ago I took part in an unforgettable fundraising Night of Adventure at the Vue Cinema in Edinburgh - the biggest-screen slideshow of my life thus far. It was organised by the intrepid and slightly nuts Alastair Humphreys in aid of Hope and Homes for Children - a charity close to my heart because it matches abandoned or orphaned children with permanent families who can love them. (Donations always welcome). My task was to tell the story of all my adventures Pecha Kucha style - that Read more [...]
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06 Mar 2012, Posted by Nick in General, Spirituality, Urban Worrier, 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Start Clowning Around


Not so long ago, I signed up for a clowning workshop called “Spring Fool” (www.thefoolstory.com). It was one of a series of adventures in the lost art of letting go (later chronicled in my book Urban Worrier), and I comforted myself that it couldn’t possibly be any scarier than wingwalking on a bi-plane. But actually, clowning turned out to be uncannily similar to diving at 150mph towards the ground, in a psychological sense at least. Clowns, I discovered, die and resurrect themselves many Read more [...]
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27 May 2011, Posted by Nick in General, News, Urban Worrier, 0 Comments

Edinburgh Book Launch Jun 7th


Edinburgh Launch of Urban Worrier Tues 7th June, 6.30pm Blackwell's Bookshop 52-63 South Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1YS Ticketed but free  Calling all Urban Worriers! Do you ever wish life could be a little less stressful? Well come and join the club! In less than a week my new book will hit the bookshelves and I'm hoping you'll help me launch it with readings and chat over a relaxing glass of wine. Urban Worrier: Adventures in the Lost Art of Letting Go (Abacus, 2 Jun 2011) is the story Read more [...]
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27 May 2011, Posted by Nick in General, News, Urban Worrier, 0 Comments

Pre-order Offer on Amazon


With less than a week until Urban Worrier goes on sale, I noticiced this morning that Amazon is doing a big opening offer for those who pre-order the book: reduced from £13.99 to £7.75 - so you're almost getting two for the cover price of one. With my business hat on, I should probably avoid flagging up this kind of mass-discounting, but I'm also a realist - and a good pre-order would do wonders for my Amazon ranking on day one, which in turn helps to publicise the book in a difficult economic Read more [...]
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22 May 2011, Posted by Nick in News, Urban Worrier, 0 Comments

Sunday with Sally Magnusson


Somehow dragged myself out of bed at 5.30am today for a live interview at BBC Radio Scotland in Edinburgh on Sunday Morning with Sally Magnusson. Given the hour, Sally thankfully went a whole lot easier on me than all the politicians she grilled during the recent Scottish elections. In fact we meandered our way through a very convivial half hour of music and chat, touching on some of the more spiritual/personal aspects of Urban Worrier, including childhood faith, fatherhood, and that Read more [...]
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