Sunday, February 27, 2011

Emotional Intelligence in Jeans
Some humans have experienced a slow start
in the journey to develop because of their family situation.
Experiences as a child have resulted in them having
stumbling emotional intelligence.
I believe that was my experience too.
I facilitate learning
University of Life
for those who have had few chance
who don't know where the handles are
to make life work for them.
I lead workshops
Conduct one on one with those in need
and we learn together
This is what I do::


Greenbelt Festival 2011: First Lineup Announcements


The festival year starts in earnest this morning with our first announcements for the lineup for Greenbelt 2011: Dreams Of Home.


Orelha Negra - M.I.R.I.A.M. X Vhils aka Alexandre Farto from Vhils on Vimeo.

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"This is not an act of God, this is the Earth, doing what it does. The Act of God is is how we Love each other, how we reach out to one another" - Dean Peter Beck, Dean of the Christchurch Cathedral.

-- Post From My iPhone

Saturday, February 26, 2011



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Friday, February 25, 2011



. ....... Someone sent me this link saying
'THIS reminds me if you'

I watched it
and I loved it
it inspired me
re-enforced me in who I am
and want to be/become.

Consider viewing
POWERFUL stuff for me ........

♫ There’s a limit to your love,
like a waterfall in slow motion,
like a map with no ocean… ♫



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Thursday, February 24, 2011

I had a bad gut yesterday
I was lying low
Zig, beautiful non-human
on my knee.

Strange to be like that
I know what tired is
but not usually unwell.

Maybe something I ate?
Almost like a pulled muscle
almost like Helicobacter
I had that for bout 7 years
before it was diagnosed and
instantly blasted away with antibiotics.

Listening to Jamie xx
my latest surge of passion
music that raises me up
I love it love it.

Used the track Jamie xx/FOG
a lot whist in Norway.
The beat and sound still thrills
still sticks to my bones
still inspires.
I will get it here on my blog
again, feel it/try it I love it love it.

Now I am in my office for a day
cancelled all my things out today
need to recover
and tackle 277 emails
ALL a build up due to being away.

I was inspired challenged stretched
in Norway.
An International group of 140
beautiful young humans.

As always I give my all
trying to facilitate experiences which
stimulate stretch and develop wholistically.
(I don't like the word 'holistic'
Love the word 'wholistic')
am I crazy?

Straight from Norway it was up 5am
to East Endersville.
Our old stamping ground.
Ken Brown and Jan Harpwood
had decided to marry after 37 years together.
Children and lots of grandchildren.
AND giving me and Joan the privilege
of being witnesses at their marriage
and praying a blessing for them in Church.

Pipturesque posted here.
What a privilege
and we had not met or communicated
for 26 years.

I am away a lot in the next few weeks.
When I am full on I find that
I don't Tweet Blog or Facebook much
BUT I have more to reflect on
AND I must do that to stop the logjam
and pause thee learning.
I reflect to learn
I reflect to unpack.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011



Big Book of Blob Feelings

July 2008


A special selection of photocopioable blob pictures designed for work on feelings. Arranged into four sections, the contents include:

Blob Theory - Blob trees the id/ego/superego, needs, shadows |

Emotions - anger, anger cycle, calm, depression, disappointed, happy, hate, hyper, jealousy, lonely, mixed-up, numb, paranoia, rejection, sad, trauma, worry |

Developmental/issues - bridge, clouds, doors, feelings, holes, pit, pitch, stairs, families, home.

Each picture is accompanied by ideas and questions to kick start class, group or one-to-one discussion.

Complete book included on accompanying CD Rom.


Photographer takes shots as the crew lowers its guard

An exhibition showing the human side of south London's gangland culture wants viewers to see the individuals behind the stereotypes

    Another Lost Child exhibition
    Ex gang-member Jean Claude Dagrou (left) used photography to change his life. Photograph: Adam Patterson

    A powerful image of a black teenager, eyes downcast and his bare arm criss-crossed with knife scars, is among the striking images in a photographic exhibition about the UK's gangland culture.

    The photograph of ex-gang member Jean Claude Dagrou, who was scarred during a fight between rival south London gangs in his late teens, is part of Another Lost Child, which opened at the Photofusion Gallery in Brixton, south London, earlier this month.

    The exhibition, a collaboration between Dagrou, now 22, and photographer Adam Patterson, shatters the typical menacing image of gangs. Dagrou, shirtless and averting his gaze from the lens, looks vulnerable and resigned; his wounds are no badge of honour.

    Other photographs depict young men playing, eating and going about their lives. The works include Dagrou's shots, plus those documenting his new life away from gangs, after he left London to live with his girlfriend in Doncaster.

    Dagrou explains that the exhibition shows "how a young guy can change his life around". Patterson hopes the show will encourage people to think about the individuals behind the stereotypes.

    Patterson spent 2008 documenting south London's gangland culture, aiming to capture the humanity beneath the threatening, negative image. "It took a long time for young people to sit down and talk to me, but I had to show the quieter emotional moments," he says.

    Dagrou was not only stabbed, but witnessed the stabbing of his cousin. By the time he met the photographer, he was keen to escape gang life. He recalls: "When I was in hospital I was thinking it was the end, but I got a second chance and thought, 'I can change this.'"

    He asked Patterson to take pictures for his MySpace page and began using the photography project as an excuse to avoid old friends. Withdrawing from his gang, Dagrou enrolled on a music course and started mentoring youths in the studio where he worked. After Patterson's year-long project finished, Dagrou was accepted on to a photography course at Photofusion and then moved to Doncaster.

    The exhibition also underlines the importance of photography in working with marginalised youngsters, says Carole Evans, gallery co-ordinator at Photofusion, an Arts Council-funded charity that uses photography in outreach work. "We see photos everywhere so kids who've not had any experience in arts can relate to it," she says.

    In Doncaster, Dagrou is looking for work and keeping up his photography. He and his girlfriend are expecting their first child. "I want my child to live the good life I did not," he says.

    • Another Lost Child is on until 25 March.

Save the Children attacks child poverty figure

boy in street Manchester and the London borough of Tower Hamlets had the highest rates of children living in severe poverty

About 1.6m children in the UK are living in severe poverty, Save the Children says.

The charity, which found the highest levels of child poverty in Manchester and Tower Hamlets, in London, said the figure was a "national scandal".

And it said more children would be tipped into poverty by public sector job losses and changes to benefits.

The government said it was "fully committed to the goal of eradicating child poverty by 2020".

Of the UK nations, Save the Children found Wales had the highest proportion of children living in severe poverty (14%), followed by England (13%) then Scotland and Northern Ireland (9% each).

It found 29 authorities across the UK had more than one in five children living in severe poverty.

Manchester and the London borough of Tower Hamlets had the highest rates of children living in severe poverty at 27%.

The London borough of Newham had 25% in severe poverty, Leicester and Westminster (London) had 24%, Nottingham, Liverpool and Birmingham 23% and Blackpool and Hackney (London) 22%.

In Wales, the local authority with the highest rate of severe child poverty was Blaenau Gwent at 20%.

In Scotland, Glasgow City had the highest rate of child poverty with 18% living in severe poverty.

The charity based its regional breakdown of child poverty on statistics from the New Policy Institute.

It defines severe poverty as those living in households with incomes of less than 50% of the UK median income (disregarding housing costs).

'Born without a chance'

Sally Copley, Save the Children's head of UK policy, said: "Children up and down the country are going to sleep at night in homes with no heating, without eating a proper meal and without proper school uniforms to put on in the morning.

"No child should be born without a chance. It is a national scandal that 1.6 million children are growing up in severe poverty.

"If these children are to have a future, we must acknowledge their desperate need and urgently target government help towards them."

A spokesman for the Department of Work and Pensions said: "Over the last decade vast sums of money has been poured into the benefits system in an attempt to address poverty, this approach has failed.

"Our radical welfare reforms will benefit the poorest in society, helping 350,000 children out of poverty, and targeting support at those who need it most to make work pay and break the benefits trap.

"We know that work is the best route out of poverty."

Monday, February 21, 2011

Back from Norway
Great humans
full of life.

I was working at Development
as always.
Always because
A Caterpillar
looks nothing like
a butterfly
one develops
from the other.

So much to reflect on
but full-on here
and out
that means
no work done in
Wilson Mansions.
254 eMails
lots to respond to
apologies to all.

I need to reflect
otherwise it is trapped
in my soul.

I will click here
as soon as I get some Pipspace.

You are ultra magnetic ..............

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Question -there are 10 Blob figures here
Which of the Blob figures best describes how you feel at the moment?
Touch the one - that makes it more powerful = an experience.
If you can put into words how yo and the Blob feels - that is Emotional Literacy

Went the funeral of Jesse today
Nearly 101 when she died
We were in the same class at school

She was the Mother of great friend
Malcolm Goodwin.
Only son
a Motherless Child.

Val and Malcolm
have been great friends to us.
Jesse was part of family gatherings
when the Sheilas were young
when Jonathan and Nic were younger.
We had lots of fun
God Bless Jesse.

First time back to Romford
fora long time
met up with Amanda
Costa Coffee.
She started working at Romford YMCA 6 weeks ago.
She is a great friend from when I worked with her
at Kingston YMCA.
We laughed/ worked/ hurt/LEARNED/ together
as we reached out to great & frazzled young humans.

Do you watch too much TV?

Norway tomorrow hey hey
Challenges ahead
for me
for them
'Growth does not reside
in a place called comfortable'.

Why do you watch too much TV?
be honest with yourself
It may not be easy
even tho no-one is listening.

It's like throwing all your food away
then looking in the fridge for some food -
me yesterday
having deleted a chunk of my

I love 'Jamie xx'

Esperanza Spalding


really sorry about not getting back to you

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I am a

Youth worker
Rugby Leaguer
Group worker
St Helensite
L5 er

These are some
Have I missed any?
The shortfall list will overload the blogger


A group moving around,
sometimes hidden from me
but engaging in the discussion.
Some big story tellers who will roll away at length if permitted.
Some fantastic personalities.
Some great wisdom pouring out of such young lips.

I think the big thing I am looking at now was my facilitation.
I observe the group as they stay at the 'opinion level'
rather than me guiding the sharing to a Level 4/experiential level.

I am pausing as I write this .....
pomegranate like.
I think there was learning.
No, I am sure.
I consider that, as all individuals say something,
they are, themselves, learning.
Their thoughts are not 'thought out' until they are 'spoke out'.
Only when sharing in a group do they become reality.
Otherwise it can stay undisclosed and undiscovered.
And the rest of us learn too.

So that is the aim,
developmental stuff
at the pace of they - themselves.

Hey hey.
Feel a bit better now
because I have searched the feelings and process.

In another module of life...............
I have been working on, mind and ears,
the search for suitable music
for my Keynote presentations.
As I listen on my laptop,
as I type,
there is some fantastic Norwegian jazz
that is great moody stuff.
That gives my my mind a holiday for a start.

“Maybe nothing is more important
than that we keep track, you and I,
of these stories of who we are and
where we have come from and
the people we have met along the way
because it is precisely through these stories
in all their particularity . . .
that God makes himself known to each of us
most powerfully and personally.”
Frederick Buechner
(Telling Secrets1991)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

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I prepare for ages
before running/leading an open group work session.
Regulars will have picked up some of the prep
and process which I strive for.

I need to be tuned to the context.
What the vibe and the attendance will be ..
.... and that's a laugh when you work with those
who have special needs - a range of!......
Where are they at, and what is the next step
which I can encourage and facilitate them to explore?

I usually have a hand built handout
which feeds individual souls.
That paper tool needs designing.
Then, how to process it through to a positive end.
I think about that and make notes to myself.
Thinking of every angle and every possible scenario.

Feelings ...........right now ........ I have them.
Sometimes erupting from every pore.
Sometimes the feelings are under the surface
and needing a pin to pick them out, .........
like ..........
Like a pin I used to use on a pomegranate
when I was a kid.

Every little module needs to be dug out
and examined before eating or

Monday, February 14, 2011



I just keep looking at her
this girl I was with at the week-end
so beautiful.

I watch for changing expressions
her eyes lighting up
her hand movements
her every movement.

I never thought I could be like this
so infatuated
so much in love.

She is not perfect.
She has her little tantrums
she likes what she wants.
She has not learned to be sensitive
to other humans yet.

I suppose all super stars are like this.
She is certainly a star
even though she is only one.

I love her
she brings so much to my life.
I cannot believe her
I just cannot believe
I must gaze much more
then I can believe.

for Constance Bennet
aged one.


Pip Wilson

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

YMCA Egypt : staff, volunteers and members are all safe

Samy Armia Nashed

1st February 2011
Early this morning I received a message from our Executive Committee member Ghassan Sayah:

"This message is to report that YMCA Egypt,staff,volunteers and members are all safe,but under great stress of the incidents taking place in their country for the last few days,I have been in daily contact with Samy ref the safety and weell being of our brothers and sisters of YMCA Egypt.We in the middle east are in need for all the praying for this part of the world continues to be the troubled place of the world.
Ghassan Sayah"

I was in telephone contact with the General Secretary in YMCA Egypt, Samy Armia Nashed, a few minutes ago, and Samy told me that all 24 YMCAs in Egypt are in good shape and all staff and volunteers are safe. Some YMCAs are closed and some are open a few hours a day.

I told Samy that I will share this message with the world family and ask all of us to keep our friends in Egypt and in the Middle East in our thoughts and prayers.

Warm regards

Johan Vilhelm Eltvik
Secretary General, World Alliance of YMCAs

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Friday, February 11, 2011

60% of poorest children fail to reach good level of behaviour, says study

Marmot report shows stark inequalities in children's development between poor and

Health inequality graphic View larger picture Map of Marmot report on health inequality in England. Click image for full graphic. Illustration: Jenny Ridley for the Guardian

Almost 60% of five-year-olds in some of Britain's poorest areas do not reach a "good level" of behaviour and understanding – double that found in wealthier suburban parts of England, a review into Britain's widening social and health inequalities says.

Stark inequalities in children's development between local authorities are revealed by data published by Sir Michael Marmot, professor of epidemiology and public health at University College London, who last year produced a landmark government review into how wealth affects health. The key determinants of health, he argues, relate to a host of issues including employment, the welfare state and child development.

His new report shows that 44% of all five-year-olds in England are considered by their teachers to be falling behind in their development. However in richer commuter towns, such as Solihull and Richmond upon Thames, state schools report this figure to be about 30%. In Haringey, a deprived part of north London, it is almost double.

Marmot, a public health specialist and author of Fair Society, Healthy Lives, said: "The evidence is very clear: investing in pre-school years pays most dividends. We already know that by the age of 10 a child from a poorer background will have lost any advantage of intelligence indicated at 22 months, whereas a child from an affluent family will have improved his or her cognitive scores purely because of his/her advantaged background."

He pointed out that "education and child development are key for health. It is the educated who stop smoking … we know the key driver of teenage pregnancy is not getting early child development. You are not going to get pregnant as a teenager if you develop as a child."

Only two dozen authorities of the 150 surveyed could claim to have more than half their five-year-olds passing the educational standard set by the government. Marmot said he was concerned that the government was just focusing on the "poorest" in society – the middle stratum of society needed help too. "I have tried to have this conversation with government without much success," he said, adding that "cuts to Sure Start and children's centres won't help".

There was also an alarming health gap opening up within areas. Marmot pointed out that in Westminster the average life expectancy of male residents was 83, five years longer than the English norm, but this masked wide disparities. The poorest in the London borough could expect to live 17 years less than the richest.

Not only is life expectancy linked to social standing, so is the time spent in good health. The review reveals that Wirral, in north-west England, has the biggest difference in "disability-free life expectancy" between those at the top and those at the bottom of the economic ladder, with wealthy people likely to live 20 years longer without physical impairment.

The data is meant to inform ministers as the government has proposed taking public health out of the NHS and put under the control of local authorities. However, it is likely to come under pressure as budgets are squeezed.

Marmot pointed out that the city council in Birmingham, a conurbation with large areas of poverty, had successfully raised the number of five-year-olds attaining a good level of behaviour and understanding from 38% to 55% in five years.

However Jim McManus, Birmingham's joint director of public health, said that the "single most effective measure to deal with inequalities had been about £50m spent to improve social housing in the city … We know it's a new financial environment and that's quite a challenge".

Others warned the government's plan would turn the clock back. Martin McKee, professor of European public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: "It's important to learn the lessons of history. Public health was taken out of local authority control in 1974 and it was the best thing that ever happened to it.

"Why put it back? The new plans provide no clue was to whether there will be enough public health funds available and will see councillors who were elected on a platform of schools and the environment suddenly responsible for health."

Thursday, February 10, 2011

"Your noble friend will not accept pretension
but will gently and very firmly confront you
with your own blindness.
Such friendship is creative and critical;
it is willing to negotiate awkward and
uneven territories of contradiction
and woundedness."
— John O'Donohue
(Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom)