Monday, April 30, 2012

“If you want to build a ship,don't drum up the men to gather the wood,divide the work and give orders.Instead, teach them to yearnfor the vast 


endless sea”

(Antoine de Saint Exupery)

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Here she is on a shoot in BLACKPOOL !!

@Greenbelt a project
was started by a group of people
from the Festival.
It is called
'a year of living generously'

The idea is for them to encourage each other to do things which have a small impact
BUT big
when 100 people do it .....
..... now there is a hundreds and there could be more.
I am sold on the project -

These are some of the ideas posted on the website - and I have only just got the link.
Have a view and see what you think - consider - maybe we could encourage each other?
see web link at the foot ....... but read these little ideas ........ interesting ....... and they all have links so we can find out more ....

..............your turn now ..........



GREENBELT 1989 - a few 'specials'

Including a free A-to-Z illustrated guide to Greenbelt and a ‘flexidisc’, 1989’s programme informed festival-goers that work on The Greenhouse was now complete, but not yet paid for. It also carried a report on all the events that had been staged at The Greenhouse – where the Greenbelt staff were now based – throughout the preceding year.

Linda Cooke and her ‘Style Council’ worked their magic once again on the tent entrances and site vibing and the next two titles in the Greenbelt files series – Dance on Injustice, a radical songbook collective from Garth Hewitt, and Wisdom and the Marketplace by John Peck – and Stewart Henderson’s poetry collection, Giant’s Scrapbook, were all launched.

The Big Top saw its first year of ‘themed’ music programming, with the ‘metal afternoon’ including One Bad Pig and Seventh Angel, and the outlandish and raucous Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus. But the balance was shifting, with 1989 marking the arrival of a new acoustic music venue called The River, featuring Gary Hall and the Stormkeepers, Maggi Dawn, Sublime, The Woebegones, Rodney Cordner and Jean Pierre Rudolph, and the return of Peter Case. And out on the mainstage Bruce Cockburn returned, complete with a band.

Meanwhile, The Very Stinking Late Show was described in the programme as “mental and manic” (PC lawsuits followed). And Pete Williams – back from a year touring with Frank Sinatra among others – worked with Pip to create ‘Trouser Television’.

Speakers included a first festival visit from Australian Dave Andrews,

while among the

Mainstage highlights were Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Labi Siffre, Steve Taylor’s new band, Chagall Guevara, and a big arena debut from 80s favourites Fat ‘n’ Frantic. Out on The Fringe, meanwhile, a youthful Eden Burning made their Greenbelt debut.

The classical programme saw the Southern Symphony orchestra and the English Chorale team up to perform Smetana’s Ultava and Dvorak’s Te Deum, while in the Fine Arts programme there was a focus on sculpture.

And so the decade drew to a close.

The yuppy excesses of Thatcher’s Britain were showing signs of waning. Countless big hair cuts, myriad theatre companies, one hurricane, several bearded Americans, and many marginalised voices later, Greenbelt was ten years older, ten years wiser and ten years deeper in debt (to God that is, not the bank).

Sweet, soothing honey

When Sweet Honey in the Rock took to the mainstage they told the audience to “sit down and be quiet.” They then proceeded to blow us all away with their vocal harmonies. Sweet honeys indeed.

Bare-faced cheek

Phil, one of the Rolling Mag team in the late 80s remembers getting 17 people into one wooden toilet cubicle. And, as the last person emerged from the loo, the plywood floor gave way sending him slipping into the pit up to his waist.

Phil also remembers getting another of the team to change his trousers behind a blanket on the stage as part of the Rolling Mag unaware that a hole had been cut in said blanket to reveal his bum. So who said The Moonies were never at Greenbelt?

Book your ticket before midnight tonight to get 20% off


Your own warmth and acceptance

will give me permission to become.


...... he was big and tattoos.
They were big
as was his presence in any space.

Most of his words came out as paused starts
and smatterings which were almost grunts.

It was all a alcohol fused
mind brain and vocal chords.

One phrase came through clearly;
"I am a spiritual person"

Another was clear a little later;
"I am a alcoholic"

These are memories in my own brain -
on the running video screen in my mind.


I only shared a one way interaction.
Of course there was two.
My interaction.
I will not share that.

An observation;
There was tears there
that could not come out.
Locked in.
Afraid to 'tell you who I am'

it is the unwillingness
to share our vulnerability.
That keeps the lock on our soul.

It is a mistake to see
as a weakness.
In ourselves.
In others.

Our parents are waiting to see what kind of adult we are -
rather than only seeing the child they raised.



These are my five words to describe my life at the moment.
Whats yours?
Ask someone.
Tell someone.
It is beautiful


Sunday, April 29, 2012


Pip Wisdom
"The greater the feeling of inferiority that has been experienced,
the more powerful is the urge to conquest
and the more violent the
emotional agitation."

Alfred Adler


Do ever ....

So many feelings I need to understand
Do you get that way?
So many encounters I want to reflect on.
So many experiences to unpack.
So many humans opening like flowers to the sun AND I want to replay and learn
Headspace needed too
I cannot put all this in the storeroom
Do you feel like that?

Paradise: Lost & Found

Sunday 20 May, All Hallows On The Wall, London Wall EC2M

GREENBELT is hosting an afternoon of thought-provoking mini-talks around our theme for 2012, Saving Paradise, on Sunday 20 May in London.

We’re inviting ten speakers to All Hallows On The Wall, to give “five clues about how to lose Paradise, and five clues about how to find it”.

There are limited tickets available, so book online here »

Confirmed so far…

omond by

Tamsin Omond

Tamsin Omond is the founder of Climate Rush which organises mass direct actions involving hundreds of Climate Suffragettes who will step outside their comfort zone to campaign for climate action.

Ann Pettifor by

Ann Pettifor

Ann Pettifor is the part-time campaigns director for Operation Noah, the climate change campaign based at Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI).

She is also a director of Advocacy International Ltd, a consultancy that advises organisations ranging from the Global Aids Alliance to the Nigerian government.

Lucy Winkett by

Lucy Winkett

Lucy Winkett is Canon Precentor of St Paul’s Cathedral in London. She is a founding advisor of the public theology thinktank Theos, a columnist for Third Way magazine and a regular contributor on Radio 4’s Thought for the Day.

Rose Hudson Wilkin by

Rose Hudson Wilkin

Rev Hudson-Wilkin was ordained Deacon in 1991, and Priest in 1994. In 2007 she was appointed a chaplain to the Queen, making her one of only 36 religious leaders who are invited to officiate and preach, on occasions, at the 400-year-old Queen’s Chapel beside St. James’ Palace. People in the know say she may be the first female bishop. We hope they’re right.

Paul Vallely by

Paul Vallely

Paul Vallely is a writer and activist on Africa and development issues. He is an associate editor of the UK newspaper The Independent where he writes about ethical, cultural and political issues. He is also a columnist for the Church Times and Third Way magazine.

Greenbelt 2009 AW 1446 by Alison Whitlock

Abdul-Rehman Malik

Abdul-Rehman Malik is London-based journalist and educator. A contributing editor at Q-News – a leading Muslim current affairs magazine, he is currently senior project manager for the Radical Middle Way, a community-led initiative that seeks to encourage critical civic participation and the values of public service, mercy and social justice amongst young British Muslims.

Symon Hill by

Symon Hill

Symon Hill is a Christian activist, writer and trainer. He is a part-time news reporter for The Friend and an associate tutor at the Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre. Until 2009, Symon oversaw media relations at the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT). Symon was nominated as a Hero of 2007 by campaigning comedian Mark Thomas in the Independent on Sunday.

Chris Barnatt by

Christoper Barnatt

Christopher Barnatt is Associate Professor Professor of Computing and Future Studies in Nottingham University Business School, and runs the websites and He is the author of seven books including “25 Things You Need to Know About the Future”, and appears regularly on the radio.

last updated 26 Apr 2012

What we see is NOT what we get ....

The dark business suit
(worn by both genders)
With the beaming smile
(revealing the reconstructed teeth)
Does not mean a human without pain
How is it we hide our wounds
(when we are all wounded)?


Saturday, April 28, 2012

is like
letting a prisoner go free

and then ....
finding out
were the

Defiance exhibition - artwork by Nidal Abu Oun

Defiance – work by five artists from Gaza

Defiance is an art exhibition at The Stone Space in Leytonstone, London, which brings together five Palestinian artists from Gaza.

The work, by artists Majed Shala, Shareef Sarhan, Nidal Abu Oun, Raed Issa and Mohamed Abusal, is intended to illustrate “the determination of five artists to overcome the environment in which they work while simultaneously being inspired and challenged by it”.

Each artist tells their own story: the conscious choice to use vivid colours, the hopeful form of a pregnant woman or the playful and detailed depiction of symbols such as the cactus – symbolic of endurance – or using the shapes identified with traditional calligraphy but which are never resolved into meaningful text.

The exhibition is hosted in conjunction with Arts Canteen, and runs from 19 April to 6 May 2012.

Find more information here »


Friday, April 27, 2012

I love images. Creative. Art.

If we decide the
In a relationship

Oppression rules


I call myself a
Non-directive worker

That means many things
1 is never giving advice
2 asking questions not giving answers
3 suggesting the widest range of options
4 Loving whatever a person is
5 Believing always that change


Being aware of all signals which show trust

Seeing Love
In all situations




Further lineup announcements for Greenbelt 2012

Don’t forget that our April ticket deadline is approaching this Monday (30 April). Book your tickets before May to receive a saving of up to 20% off ticket prices onsite. Head to our Box Office now »

New Music lineup includes Idlewild’s Roddy Woomble, Denison Witmer, Hope & Social, Jackie Oates, Chris T-T, Gavin Osborn, In Case Of Fire, Tom & Olly, Luke Sittal-Singh, Tibi & Her Cello, and Martyn Joseph hosting his songwriters’ circle The Rising.

Our second music stage emerges from underground and nestles beneath The Canopy – Guvna B, Yes Sir Boss, Tunde, The Austin Francis Connection, Lee Mitchell and Flight Brigade, plus the previously-announced Rams’ Pocket Radio, Jose Vanders and Luke Leighfield.




St Helens new Langtree Park stadium has enabled Saints to challenge the Warriors in the attendance league.

Statistics from the current season, up to and including April 22, obtained by Running Rugby from the official Super League media guide and website show that St Helens have had an impressive average gate of 15160, close behind Wigan’s 15682 and ahead of Leeds Rhinos’ Headingley Carnegie mean of 14730.

Saints fans are packing into their 18000 capacity home,
fully justifying the decision to move from their old Knowsley Road fortress.

We will be listening to them play tonight on the old wireless
(Radio - sometimes called!)


I was in Norway
10+ hours travel
and then a special time
with about 30 beautiful humans.

Mid-way into our hour
half an hour in
I read a poem.

I had scrawled it in my
on the flight.

It was this::

When I am alone
on a train
In a cafe
away from desk
and work.

I observe humans

I examine my life

I feel poetic
I feel deeper
I feel like scratching
below the surface
and bleed
- in a positive kinda way .....

pip wilson
Norway April 2012

Then I asked them to write a poem
stretch their creativity
using short punchy lines
(you can do this)

I gave them a few short words
something to guide/help
then some space/pause/to write.

These were the lines::

I feel ......

Inside I am ....

A person on my mind is .....

I yearn to be ....

I yearn to become ....

The first words in my book will be .....

Home as a place ...

Home inside me is .....

Everyone sat writing.

only then -
I asked if any would be willing
to read out their poem.

About ten did.

I asked later
if they would send them to me.
If I could tell you about them.
Display here?

Here are two
sent to me
right from the heart.

Choices in Life!

I feel rejected
Inside i am like a wound
Without any treatment
A person on my mind is my parents
For choosing how to bring me up
I want to be a source of Hope
For the hopeless and rejected in life
The first words in my next book will be
Choices in life
Home is a place we find Joy
And a source of happiness in life
God is at home.

Alpha Gitau


I feel a strange overload in my heart,
Inside I'm like a basket so full,
A person on my mind is tired and weary,
I yearn to be freed from this nest,
The first three words in my book are;
I want freedom!
Home is a place to never stop loving,
God is at home,
where I am gonna get rest.

George Omollo Oyengo
April 2012

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Joy Sheila just sent this from France
Don't we just hate her?


GGreat stuff here - the stuff which excites me

This is a video about


I guess the makers want to give you examples of
managing/not emotions in the classroom ....


He to whom emotion is a stranger,
who can no longer pause to wonder
and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead:
his eyes are closed


My beautiful Sheila in France making television for MTV

Miss her and Conniepops too ......


Have a listen::



Youth Work Co Ordinator (Rugby)

Ffull time contract to 31st March 2013

This is a new post to lead sustainable development of our youth work in Rugby based at Brownsover. The role will include facilitating the Rugby Youth Consortium. You should be a car owner and able to work flexible hours.

The postholders will be subject to an enhanced check with the Criminal Records Bureau.

An application pack is available by contacting Neelum Choudhary at e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

CV's will not be accepted.

Closing date: 9am on Monday 30th April 2012

Interviews – Tuesday 8th May 2012

For more details, please visit the Coventry & Warwickshire YMCA website.

Youth and Community Manager YMCA NORFOLK

The purpose of the job is to manage the youth and community work delivered externally and to young people housed by YMCA Norfolk in both norwich and Great Yarmouth. Also to lead on youth participation in the organisation and engage in the effective development of related work with young people.

The manager will be responsible for managing: Youth and Community project workers; Parent Support Advisors; Youth Advisory Board worker; and Health and Well-being Development worker

Closing Date for applications: Thursday May 3 2012

Interviews: week commencing May 21 2012

Youth and Community Worker

This is a fantastic opportunity to lead on an exciting new service engaging young people in the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) in the Broadland district. Working in close partnership with Broadland District Council, you will link with schools, youth groups and other youth provision to raise awareness of the YAB and promote the involvement opportunities for young people.

You will support and equip young people for their role within the YAB, ensuring they are respected and decisions are made by them. In addition, you will be available to offer your expertise to other community groups in the area to build capacity for youth provision.

Closing Date for applications: Thursday May 10 2012

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

APRIL 2012
Here we are at the end of a 5 hour session
and the energy is everlasting

These beautiful humans
are lining up the stairs for the grand final


Justice is in my bloodstream.


I don't hurt
It feeds my soul

I regret nothing
Stumble often
Love without expectations
Of any


I feed off humans
Who love me
In my