01 Mar 2018, Posted by Nick in Coaching, General, Psychology, Spirituality, 0 Comments

Drawn to Dance

NICK THORPE tries a novel way to let go of perfection and embrace the messy moshing of collaborative art. Recently I learned to sketch with my feet. It was one of several unusual skills I acquired at Drawn to Dance - a bizarre and exhilarating two-day experiment in which twenty of us gathered in a converted barn to find out what happens when you mix dancing and drawing. What was most challenging at the outset was not so much learning to grip a charcoal stick between my toes using a rubber Read more [...]
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13 Feb 2018, Posted by Nick in Coaching, General, Psychology, 0 Comments

The leather cathedral

I once met a man who had built a cathedral out of leather. He showed it to me reverently in his back room – a two-foot-tall, perfectly-stitched gothic replica, enshrined on a carpet of rabbit-fur, complete with spires and buttresses and delicate snakeskin windows lit from within by coloured lights. “I started it eight years ago to show that with leather you can do anything," explained Peter, a former hippy who earned his living selling belts and other more recognisable handicrafts in the Read more [...]
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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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03 Mar 2014, Posted by Nick in Features, Journalism, Psychology, Technology, 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , , ,

The Love of Stuff

The problem with our society is not that it values material things too much but that it doesn’t value them enough 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 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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20 Dec 2012, Posted by Nick in General, Psychology, The writing life, 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Critic Meets Child

Written as encouragement for those taking part in the Safe Space charity Write-athon  * * *  “A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” Thomas Mann I laughed with relief when I first heard this wise quotation from the great German novelist. I can never quite relate to those who talk cheerily about the way their work “just flows out”, because the truth is that my first draft often emerges with all the lightness and fluidity of a house brick. Read more [...]
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