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and puddle-wonderful "

e.e.cummings

Build It and They Will Come

May 7th, 2014

Just down the road from us is the incredible world-class opera house of Glyndebourne. It’s a perfect example of the ‘build it and they will come’ principle. In the 1930s, when it was founded, when every opera house was in a metropolis, it must have sounded crazy to suggest presenting productions in the Sussex countryside, more than an hour away from London. And yet look what it has become today…

I’m writing this because Sir George Christie, who ran Glyndebourne for nearly forty years, has died today. A good obituary can be found here.

Futureprimitive – a resource for the new times

May 7th, 2014

tripping-the-bardo-smFutureprimitive: a fascinating collection of interviews with people involved in the alternative/new consciousness/sustainability community.

Put together by Joanna Harcourt-Smith, one of Timothy Leary’s lovers (who was abducted with him from Afghanistan by the American govt) and author of ‘Tripping the Bardo with Timothy Leary’.

I talked with her the other day about ‘the magic of being alive’: my initiation into Druidry; the contemporary connection to ancient roots; ecstatic community; the double rhythm of a spiritual path; cultivating the flow of creativity; the journey to wholeness; in relationship with the changeless and the changing; the pure joy of the universal life force; gender balance and beyond; three different kinds of magic…