My mid-December swim on the south coast of the UK (photo Lisa Attias).

My more polite friends say “The water’s too cold for me”. Here’s the secret, it’s cold for everyone. But that’s the point.

On the south coast of Britain, sea temperature varies from 5°C (41°F) in February/March to 19°C (66°F) in September.

We started in September 2020 with a 20 minute…


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Kissing under bunches of mistletoe is a well-known Christmas tradition but its history as a symbolic herb dates back three thousand years.

The Greeks were known to use it as a cure for everything from menstrual cramps to spleen disorders and the Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder noted it could…


Many people know little about how, historically, the law helped slavery flourish in England.

You may have heard of William Wilberforce and how he helped to abolish the slave trade in 1807. He also contributed to the abolition of slavery itself in 1833.

The removal of the statue of slave trader Edward Colston has been a long-standing debate in Bristol. The demonstrators angrily tied ropes to the bronze figure and pulled it from its pedestal made of stone. Courtesy libertywritersglobal.com

You might know a bit about how…


Some of us are used to meeting online with Zoom, Google Hangouts or Skype. To others it’s new. Meetings, webinars, conferences can be quite sophisticated but let’s ensure we get the basics right.

Avoid hybrid meetings. A hybrid meeting is one where one group of people meet in a room…


The housing problems that are evident in many parts of the world today are associated with a neo-liberal market model.

Neo-liberalism is an ideology which includes policies such as privatisation, austerity, deregulation, free trade and reductions in government spending in order to increase the role of the private sector in…


We all know that the world isn’t just reacting to change, it is about being part of that change. A year ago, we decided to see if we could galvanise a local group of people to conceive and plan a new type of neighbourhood, a cohousing community.

This is a…


A year ago, we established New Forest Cohousing with a mission to meet local housing need through the conception, planning and creation of an intergenerational, sustainable, cohousing community.

I had previously used sociocracy in a voluntary organisation and also been exposed to Holacracy, a licensed version of the open source…


The gaggle of geese on the lake rose with a cacophony of honking and assumed a V-shaped skein in the air. The beat of their wings sent waves of air pressure towards us, a hundred metres away. It was a tenebrous dusk with overtones of red, orange and purple.

Were…


A group of San tribesmen (bushmen) confer.

The African San people are the oldest inhabitants of Southern Africa, where they have lived for at least 20,000 years. The term San is commonly used to refer to a diverse group of hunter-gatherers who share historical and linguistic connections.

When European settlers arrived in the mid 17th century, the…


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Our local Post Office is deep. To get to the Royal Mail counters, you pass a long magazine rack with hundreds of titles. Two caught my eye. They both had the word battling in their headlines.

One was for a chronic illness sufferers’ group, the other part of the multi-billion…

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I am a writer, digital marketeer, grandfather. On Medium since 2017. Write on health, self realisation and new economics.

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