Sunday, 10 October 2010
And Go On Doing It - A Practical Guide to some of Life's Top Things (no 6 of 10)
Hey, you know this practical guide to some of life’s best things that you are publishing every Sunday?
Well, it’s not very practical is it?
What do you mean?
Well, shouldn’t a practical guide tell you how to do things?
It does - eat blackberries, in a zen-metaphory way, create, build memories and give and take surprises - like that guy said.
No,the other one, the writer. Em, American – began with V I think.
What did he say?
Something like “there’s no point in studying history, all it ever teaches you is to be surprised”.
So, I should go out and eat metaphorical blackberries, create, build some memories and be surprised and I’ll have a good life?
It might help, you can be surprising too- but there’s more.
(together) NUMBER SIX!
For which, I have to tell you a story….
It begins in a field in Essex and ends in a wood near Kendal, though to be honest I’m not sure which happened first – maybe it started in a wood in Kendal and ended in a field in Essex. It was definitely a field in Essex and not a wood and vice versa with respect to Kendal, a beautiful wood alongside a wild hill stream and a track that lead to what once had been a mill driven by the river’s rush.
So lets just say that the two happened simultaneously; that at the same moment I took this photo in the cobweb enhanced mill workshop somewhere near Kendal I met Thom Pod for the first time in a field in Essex.
Thom Pod is American but I think his family was Polish and either way he was a bit of a gypsy who played saxophone and could make all sorts of sound effects with his mouth - which he did, as he accompanied Daniel Rovai as he clowned on stage.
And Thom Pod had a van, and a house hidden secretly in a quarry in Cornwall and I was in the quarry buying his van, certainly after the field - but maybe, or maybe not, before the wood – when he gave me this piece of advice, which scary at first has helped me with most of things I’ve done since : -
“Take a chance, that’s what it’s all about.”
Which is when I simultaneously took this photo up in a mill in a wood near Kendal.