Thursday, August 30, 2012

I love the beautiful presence of disabled humans - like you and me.

See the stars of the London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony performing live!

Last night's Opening Ceremony marked the start of the Paralympic Games and featured some of the UK's best Deaf and disabled performers. You can see many of the ceremony's stars live at our Unlimited festival.
  • Graeae, the leading theatre company for disabled actors, performed their rendition of 'Spasticus Autisticus' in the ceremony. Catch the full show on 9 September in Graeae's Reasons to be Cheerful. The Opening Ceremony was co-directed by Artistic Director of Graeae Jenny Sealey.
  • You might have also spotted daring performers on four-metre-high sway poles. You can see these live in action in Graeae's The Garden, an outdoor show that defies gravity!
  • World-famous soprano Denise Leigh sang the tribute song 'Spirit in Motion' and you can see her in Unlimited as part of The Ugly Spirit.
  • Acclaimed dancer David Toole was part of the aerial ballet and you can catch him in a number of Unlimited events – The Impending StormArt For All in Unexpected Places and Breathe.
Book tickets now before they sell out for these shows featuring the UK's finest Deaf and disabled artists.

Pop into Southbank Centre any time until 9 September to catch a huge range of shows, plus free exhibitions as part of Unlimited festival. Everyone is welcome and there's always something to see and do.

We have a wide range of Assisted Performances throughout Unlimited, including Audio Description, BSL-interpretation, Captioning and Touch Tours.

For full listings and more information, please, pick up a brochure or call 0844 847 9910. 
We all have disabilities and abilities


Oh how I Lurve thee Oh Greenbelt Festival

Feelings are signals / Feelings are good

I was asked, I lurve questions,
if I was feeling Melancholy.
This was my response::

I like questions
sorry about delays
been busy
the word - I looked it up ............

melancholy |ˈmelənˌkälē|
a deep, pensive, and long-lasting sadness.
• another term for melancholia (as a mental condition).
• historical another term for black bile .
sad, gloomy, or depressed : she felt a little melancholy | the dog has a melancholy expression. See note at glum .
• causing or expressing sadness; depressing : the study makes melancholy if instructive reading.

No not melancholy
I have been reflectively considering things 
during an unsettling period/home move/job move.

When I experience a feeling
I try to examine it
I don't feel this thing all the time
or for a day or so
it is a moment and I grab it because 
I want to learn from
positive feeling
negative feeling too.

Yesterday I was hit with tiredness.
Like I just wanted to sleep.
A deep exhaustion.
I felt it and contacted the feelings.
I felt deep sadness
but I was not sad.
I did some analysis and
I had some food and I felt - normal!
Is norman OK?

I have been through a strange time
but now more settled
but I don't know if 'settled' is good????

I do delight in feelings.
Especially unusual ones.
I google them !

Would love to know what you think
and feel - even more vital!!
Feelings are signals
Feelings are good
Pains are signals
Pains are good

We would be in a real mess without them ................

"I have been stabbed twice, shot at numerous times..."

"I have been stabbed twice, 
shot at numerous times..." 

"I have been stabbed twice, shot at numerous times,
been homeless ...had two serious car crashes, depression,
I have dealt with drugs addiction, sex addiction, steroid addiction, depression, …. Betrayal, drug dealing and seriously violent acts."

Read the book by 
Pip Wilson
on the road less travelled.


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Greenbelt hit the BBC News

Greenbelt Festival continues despite thunderstorms

People walking in mud at festivalThunderstorms and downpours turned much of the site into a quagmire

The director of a festival that was hit by thunderstorms and heavy rain has said cancelling it was "never an option".
Greenbelt, which has been running for 39 years, has been held at Cheltenham Racecourse every August Bank Holiday weekend, since 1999.
Thunderstorms and downpours turned much of the site into a quagmire.
However, organisers said around 19,400 people attended over the three days, only about 600 fewer than normal.
Vehicle movements on to the site were banned as the weather worsened and lorries had to be used to collect campers' belongings.
'Strict arrangements'
Some traders also packed up early and parts of the camping areas were reported to be knee deep in mud, following thunderstorms on Saturday and heavy downpours on Monday.
Paul Northup, director of the festival, said: "All our festival-goers were safe and secure and we felt we could continue to deliver the programme.
"We have very strict arrangements and agreements with the racecourse about what we can and can't do.
"That has resulted in some areas which we can't intervene too much with.
"We really enjoy our relationship with the racecourse, we want to keep that really on track and so we work along with their ground staff around drainage and all sorts of things."

Greenbelt Festival Humans / a reflection on you!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Steve Taylor - Beautiful Human.

Wondrous to see Steve again after 19 years away from Greenbelt. Great singer artiste personality #YouAreBeautiful
Now gone back to Nashville.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Mike Yaconnelli and Greenbelt Festival.

Mike Yaconnelli 
Mike was someone who stuck with the Greenbelt Festival 
in thick and thin. 
He saw in it a sign of the Kingdom.

He described one Sunday morning Greenbelt communion service:

"I was moved to tears just looking over the crowd and seeing black, white, old, young, punker, straight, children, elderly, 
worshipping God in total unity. 
For ninety minutes, the real world of hatred, prejudice, 
pettiness, and selfishness were forgotten. 
We were the invisible Church made visible for an instant, 
and it was truly overwhelming. 
For a few fleeting moments I got a glimpse of what heaven 
will be like and I shall never forget it."


Greenbelt Festival - a high 5


Still Life

My Greenbelt Five: Andy Turner

We’re asking people for My Greenbelt Five – five things at this year’s Greenbelt that they’re excited about. To see all Greenbelt Fives, click here »
Here’s the five of Greenbelt Chair of Trustees Andy Turner…
“Top Five? Clearly, its Not Possible. SO MUCH to see, hear, do… Top Five? Here’s a start.”
Intrigued by Michael Battle on the future of the universe and why forgiveness is impossible. Despite his name Battle is a passionate peacemaker – working with Desmond Tutu on truth and reconciliation – and an inspiring speaker. Get along…
Very excited Greenbelt is welcoming Nobel Peace Prize nominee Mustafa Barghouthi. Active in the Palestinian parliament (a 2005 presidential candidate) he’s leading calls for nonviolent resistance to the Israeli occupation. Deep wisdom and a profound knowledge of the Occupation… Prioritise.
Puzzled by the whole Israel Palestinian thing? Karen Chalk and Penny Stone mix music, stories and humour to untangle and explain via their ‘Still Life – Tales from the West Bank’. Involved in the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), they bring back astonishing stories, recalling the tragedy, bravery, humanity and hope. Seek this out.
I love Leunig – the celebrated Aussie cartoonist, poet and artist. An exhibition of Michael Leunig’s absorbing, whimsical, profoundly moving work at Greenbelt is appallingly long overdue. Finally, we can get up close. Linger longer.
Leila Sansour left Bethlehem as a teenager pledging never to return, yet went on to produce ‘Roads to Bethlehem’ – a moving, thoughtful, challenging documentary witnessing four Christmases in the ‘Little town’. This preview of the film – which is part funded by you, via Trust Greenbelt – includes a Q&A with political comedian Jeremy Hardy and director Leila Sansour. Frankly essential.

Canning Town London E16 back in the 70's

Beautiful-Non Human Zig

Beautiful-Non Human Zig

Little precious non-human has had some health problems.
For a year or more he has been physically sick on and off.
He has lost 20% of his body weight.
He has had all the blood tests and Cat Hospital attention.

In the last two days we have been nurturing him onto a Vet recommended special diet which I hope will stop him being sick.
He is eating it 100% new product within two days.

Here he is enjoying some breakfast at Wilson Mansions.

End of Bulletin.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

@ Greenbelt ....... A Poem.

@ Greenbelt .......

Help us remember that the idiot who cut us up in traffic
is a single Mother who has worked nine hours that day
and is rushing to Greenbelt to cook a meal and settle the kids down so they can have a good first day at the festival
and spend a few precious moments with her friends
who have saved hard to get to Greenbelt.

Help us to remember that the pierced, 
tattooed, disinterested young man
who can't handle his change correctly 
is a worried YMCA Hostel resident 
who is behind in his rent and cannot afford 
the cheapest hotdog on site.
At the same time balancing his apprehension 
over his fear of not getting on well 
with the group he came with.

Remind us Lord, that the scary looking young woman
rolling her eyes and cannot stop moving her body,
is a recovering slave to addictions
that we can only imagine in our worst nightmares.

Remind us that the scars of the self harming woman,
scarred for life,
is just like me 
with my scars
that and hinder and equip at the same time.
And remember that we, maybe,
can just hide ours better.

Help us to remember that the old couple
walking annoyingly slow through the festival site
and blocking our process
are savouring this moment,
knowing that, based on the biopsy report 
she got back last week,
this will be the last year that they will be 
at Greenbelt together.

Creator God, remind us each day that, 
of all the gifts you give us,
the greatest gift is love.
That it is not enough to share that love 
with those we hold dear.
But those for who, on first impressions,
make us shudder, or sigh or grunt with irritability.

Open our soul and press your finger tip right on that part,
the part to raise your love to the surface.
So it touches the practical.
The proactive.
The love department.

This what I think of YOU

A Meditation in the midst of your busy life :: ........ come breathe with me ......

 A Meditation in the midst of your busy life ::
 ........ come breathe with me ......

Take a a few slow deep breaths ............
Notice the slight pause between the intake and exhale .............
Drink deep at the well with that moment of beautiful space in your life ...................
Your life is made up of those moments and 
they will be with you as long as you live .....

Life is made up of those moments .........
As precious as you are ......
Notice as you breathe ..........
Your life slows and it becomes a time of peace .......
Notice your nostrils are cooler as you breathe in .........
Warmer as you breathe out ..............

Oxygen in - and  - the waste out ............
Life giving energy for your body and soul .......
New life in and old life - out ...........
Breathe on me breath of God
Fill me with life brand new .....


THIS will be my main satisfaction at The Greenbelt Festival

Get ready for something like this at The Greenbelt Festival.

Get ready for something like this at
The Greenbelt Festival.

A Confession

rather than attend to the cries of those in trouble
we turned our ears to easier frequencies....
rather than stand In The Long Now of sacred history
we became preoccupied with our own short stories....
rather than tend to that promise of the tiny olive seed
we neglected things which take a while to bear fruit.....
rather than you will be done,
we took the waiting out of the wanting and did our own thing...

When we are less than you hope for us
forgive us and renew us.
When we are short sighted and want it all now
inspire us with a longer view
When we remember you have forgiven us
remind us to forgive others and to forgive ourselves.


What Greenbelt Festival does to me.

'I recall meeting a musician from El Salvador, William Ramírez, and asking him to teach me a song from his country. He gave me the text in Spanish, which I had translated into English so I could try to fit the English text to the Hispanic tune. When I looked at the words I saw that they were far too political--all about corrupt judges and corrupt courts. Then I discovered it was Psalm 94.

By teaching me that song he opened me to the witness in the Psalms of God's preferential option for the poor and of God's engagement in matters of social justice. Otherwise I would not have known that. I would have sung and read the Psalms as private spiritual nuggets and never have known they had a political and economic dimension.
What other gifts--theological and musical--might we receive from songs being sung in Japan or Peru or Zimbabwe?
If the church in the Northern Hemisphere does not in the next ten years use songs that come from Asia, South America and Africa, it'll be deemed racist. It will be seen as a case of musical apartheid. Most Christians in the world are black and poor. They're not white and affluent. If that's the body of Christ of which we are a member, then we have to share the joy and the pain of fellow members.'

John Bell - Greenbelt Festival speaker
and with us again this year.
Bring it on.

The greatest gift by a Greenbelt Festival Angel.

"If you could imagine
the most incredible story ever,
it would be less incredible than the story of being here.
And the ironic thing is
that story is not a story,
it is true.
It takes us so long to see where we are.
It takes us even longer to see who we are.

This is why the greatest gift you could ever dream is a gift that you
can only receive from one person.
And that person is you yourself.

Therefore, the most subversive invitation 
you could ever accept is the
invitation to awaken to 
who you are and where you have landed.

Plato said in The Symposium
that one of the greatest privileges of a human life 
is to become midwife
to the birth of the soul in another.

When your soul awakens,
you begin to truly inherit your life.
You leave the kingdom of fake surfaces,
repetitive talk and weary roles
and slip deeper into the true adventure 
of who you are 
who you are called to become.

The greatest friend of the soul 
is the unknown.
Yet we are afraid of the unknown
because it lies outside our vision and our control.
We avoid it or quell it by 
filtering it through our protective barriers
of domestication and control.

The normal way never leads home."

by John O'Donohue
Speaker, writer,wordsmith - a friend
who died January 3rd 2008

U2 new album news.

U2 New Album Expected For 2013 And Is Sounding Quite Different Says U2 Insider, Gavin FridayPost by: Gleeso's Rock News 21 August, 2012 - 5:21 PM

bono, u2
(Photo: Getty Images)
U2's record label over in the UK, Mercury Records, has put the Irish supergroup in the release schedule for 2013.
Now we'll just add caution that when push comes to shove, U2 are the ones who decide when they're ready to put out a new album, not the record company, but it's looking good for next year.
The band have been working their arses off in the studio with a number of producers including Danger Mouse and Will.I.Am, resulting in material which U2 insider Gavin Friday has described as "really very, very different".
In an interview with RTE Radio One's Weekend On One program in the UK just last weekend, Gavin said: "I've heard a bit of... Danger Mouse is producing it, so it's quite different."
This backs up what Bono said earlier in the year during an interview on The Late Show on Irish TV.
"We've had the best three weeks in the studio since 1979. I think they [the other band members] are very aware that U2 have to do something very special to have a reason to exist right now," he said.
Of course, there have been loads of rumours about a new album to follow-up 2009's No Line On The Horizon. In fact, U2 have gone on record saying that they had made another record calledSongs Of Ascent during the No Line On The Horizon sessions.
Also, they debuted some new songs on the U2 360 Tour including "Return of the Stingray Guitar", which was an instrumental rock track that was the opening song on the European leg in 2010 and "Glastonbury" - which they wrote shortly after the end of the 2009 U2 360 tour and planned to premiere at the Glastonbury Festival in June 2010.

Monday, August 20, 2012

At Greenbelt Festival you meet some wondrous Humans - be there.


August 27, 2003

BIG JOHN...................

........ he introduced himself to me at the bar 
and then came and joined the big circle 
of old friends and new.

He told me about his 20 Greenbelt and his zilch church.
Greenbelt was his Church.
He told us about his new baby Grace.

His eyes leaked as he told us his experience of showing Grace the 'Grace' things at Greenbelt.
And Julie his wife bringing him to this place and showing him the kingdom of Greenbelt and his soulhome.
Another life on track and kicking new sand into dark places.

A new friend and a life long Greenbelter in his SOUL.