The understated importance of a familiar cup of coffee

How finding a comfortable cafe with good coffee has played an important part of my life and experiences Continue reading The understated importance of a familiar cup of coffee

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Slipping into Ballroom shoes!

What on earth have I let myself in for?! My current journey has had me cross paths with a very cool woman that runs a project that helps people that are dying of cancer document their lives, and their dying thoughts so they can create a written, and photographic, legacy for their family.  It’s an intensely beautiful way of concluding one’s life, and those who … Continue reading Slipping into Ballroom shoes!

Stepping into the light…

I speak for myself, but after having spent too long in a dark place there is something magical about coming back into the light.  All of a sudden there is a sense of what’s possible, and that dreams aren’t just something for paper or to be left floating in some kind of ethereal limbo. Although I’ve never really doubted I do sometimes forget that life … Continue reading Stepping into the light…

What if this is as good as it gets..?

Having spent the last couple of weeks peering into a whole new and beautiful world of colour, movement, light, and wonder it’s somewhat surprising to feel a little blue. It started with a conversation that made me rather sad. A friend I was talking with appeared to relinquish herself to the notion that a recent experience (of the heart) may be the closest to being … Continue reading What if this is as good as it gets..?

That time I learned ChasingPhil will be the title of a movie…

ChasingPhil… I’ve been asked on a number of occasions as to why I choose that as a name. I think I was subconsciously thinking about Chasing Amy (that movie from a few years back) but mainly I think it was the fact that I’m constantly on the move and people keep asking me “where are you now?!”. I debated a few times whether to keep … Continue reading That time I learned ChasingPhil will be the title of a movie…

Tales of a Traveler… a counter to the “difficulties not talked about”

Over the last couple of years there has been lots of people writing about how no one talks about how tough it is for travellers to come home and re-integrate, or reverse culture shock.  Frankly this is nonsense.  People talk about it all the time.  Particularly people that have traveled and then start again… and for many they wear it on their sleeves as they continue to wander the … Continue reading Tales of a Traveler… a counter to the “difficulties not talked about”

“Short back and sides” – Part 2, the fix

So where had I got to? Oh yes, the barber of Saville had just finished doing a number on the mop that was my hair just 30mins before he’d set his ill prepared hands on it. Pressing out into the darkness (the power still hadn’t come back) I was determined not to show up to work with my new, and impressively wonky, hairdo. As I … Continue reading “Short back and sides” – Part 2, the fix