Self-Discipline equals freedom

How could there be so many versions of perfect! Janet, you are an absolute wonder. Love 🙂 xx

My Life as an Artist (2)

Through personal experience it has become my belief that the creative process in all its many forms, is the answer to emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing.  


20-11-15 - 1 (82)So how do we tap into the creative process so that we may benefit from and experience the fulfilment it can offer on a daily basis? 

For the first forty years of my life, although I considered myself to be a creative,  hindsight tells me that my wings were clipped, preventing me from enjoying the freedom to fully express myself.


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This blog is about how I achieved personal freedom  through self-discipline.

Self-discipline is often construed as boring and limiting.   Old definitions of discipline are about using punishment to control or correct disobedience,  however, I have found that it is just the opposite….it can equal freedom –  a sense of well being, and an ability to cope  on a day to day basis…

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The New Anti-Semitism Palestinianism

Beyond the Cusp

Up front let it be understood, yes, we know there are those who honestly support the idea of a Palestinian state sharing borders with Israel as the Jewish State. They have not understood what the Palestinian leadership and the violence they wreak is all about replacing the Jewish State and murdering every last Jew in Israel and then the world. If they were to read the Hamas Charter and realize that it plainly states their intent to murder every Jew in Israel and then continue on to murder every Jew in the world. If they were to trace the concept of Palestinian Arab liberation back through Yasser Arafat and on back to his mentor and teacher, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Mohammed Amin al-Husseini and his involvement and/or tutelage during his time in Berlin and amongst the Nazi upper hierarchy during World War II and they would soon come to…

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Terrorism: Where to Turn?

After the November 13 attacks in Paris, there were concerns in the media that Europe did not fully understand the gravity of the threats posed by radical Islam. Frances’s Minister of the Interior, Bernard Cazeneuve, however, certainly did not hide his prediction that, this year, a large scale attack would take place in France. It was not a matter of “if,” but “when” and “where.”

Thoughts first were for the victims, for those who will suffer all their lives — young people who went out just to enjoy some music or eat with friends.

Next came the questions: about the claim of responsibility by ISIS, and how the coordinated attacks would nullify the “lone wolf” theory — a hypothesis largely refuted anyway. These were commandos trained to kill, and to kill themselves too.

But what about the agile explosives handlers who prepare their suicide bomb belts and continue their grim task elsewhere? Perhaps they are preparing a second wave of “martyr attacks” in France? It is urgent to take their network down. One can only hope that any steps will not too quickly trigger the angelic protest of those who would prefer having lily white hands to having no hands at all.


No more cheers for Britain?

Six bottles of plonk each day like Gerard Depardieu (but then he does own a vineyard) probably leads to a short life but a gay one. But now we have our Chief Nanny, ‘Dame’ Sally Davies, making the front pages by instructing us not to drink more than a glass a day, if that.

As she knew she would, of course. We are quite used to publicity-seeking politicians and mandarins who are careless of the impact of their pontifications. But the hidden dimension is the harm that these people can do amongst the impressionable.

Her dire warnings that with alcohol we are all doomed are quite unsupported by scientific evidence as far as is known, (like so much of medical ‘findings’ these days, there is total reliance on statistics. Well, ‘it has long been recognised by public men of all kinds that statistics come under the head of lying and that no lie is so false or inconclusive as that based on statistics!’).

Science tells a rather different story based on respectable research.


Morning Briefing – The Telegraph

Good morning.

The Tory war over Europe has started up again this morning, with Chris Grayling pulling no punches in this morning’s Telegraph with a warning that staying in the European Union under the current terms of membership would be “disastrous”. The Commons leader signals that he is inching towards the Brexit door, declaring that Brussels is heading down “a path that the UK will not and should not follow”, and that the country now faces a “defining period” in the upcoming referendum. No 10 insists it is relaxed about Grayling’s intervention, partly because – as he admits – “most people in Westminster know that I hold strong Eurosceptic views”. However, he has already drawn a swift rebuke from Damian Green – who worked with him at the Ministry of Justice – accusing him of “peddling myths”.

Grayling hasn’t been afraid to make his Eurosceptic views known to colleagues, being one of the ministers who helped persuade David Cameron to allow them to campaign how they wish on the EU once his renegotiation has finished. He deserves particular credit for sticking his neck out on the issue by making clear his personal misgivings about staying in the EU, partly as many of his colleagues seem to be much more coyly toying with Brexit. Philip Hammond once said that he would vote to leave, but now – as Foreign Secretary – insists he “can’t envisage” campaigning for Out – provoking accusations that he had “gone native”. Some are keen to stay quiet, fearing the backlash if they set themselves against David Cameron and George Osborne so publicly.

Debate about Europe will continue as David Cameron seeks a deal with partners in the next few weeks, with Outters and Inners alike ready to seize on what they can for advantage. The Leave side will undoubtedly seize on the European Court of Human Rights’ latest ruling, as reported across many papers today, that employers have the right to spy on staff’s work emails and electronic messages. William Hague spoke to ITV’s new political editor Robert Peston last night, saying it would be “in our national interest” to stay in the EU. “We are told that it would be deeply irresponsible to walk away from the European project at a moment when the EU is struggling for its life, and doubly wicked to do so in the midst of a geostrategic storm that threatens to overwhelm the Western liberal democracies,” writes Ambrose Evans-Pritchard. “It is certainly a dangerous time.”

As the referendum vote nears, how will the Tory cabinet divide on the EU question? Baron Hague said that he expects most cabinet ministers to be “on the same side that the Prime Minister gives a lead on”. Chris Grayling is likely to be joined by at least four ministerial colleagues in campaigning to leave the EU, with sources pointing to Iain Duncan Smith, John Whittingdale, Theresa Villiers and Priti Patel. The challenge for the Tory party is to keep it together during the referendum campaign and to avoid tearing itself apart – as Grayling writes: “When the referendum is over, we must reunite and work together as a team to make absolutely sure that we win the next election in 2020 This country deserves no less.”

“I am someone who believes that simply staying in the EU with our current terms of membership unchanged would be disastrous for Britain” Chris Grayling

Major Sugar Tax Floated

A sugar tax on junk food will need to be “significant” in order to reduce the consumption of unhealthy food, a health minister has said. Lord Prior of Brampton, the NHS productivity minister, said that any tax will have to be large if it is to have a “major impact” on obesity in the UK. “Dreaming up yet another tax would be a complete waste of time and would do nothing to tackle the greatest, most difficult health crisis of our time,” writes Allister Heath in today’s paper.

Trident Review Fast Tracked
A review of Labour’s policy on Trident could make its recommendations within the next eight to 10 weeks, one of its co-chairmen has said. Ken Livingstone, who is leading the review with shadow defence secretary Emily Thornberry, told BBC2’s Newsnight: “With a bit of luck that can be done in eight to 10 weeks.” Meanwhile, the US ambassador the UK has told the Telegraph that world security could be destabilised if countries scrap nuclear weapons unilaterally.

Mundell Comes Out
Scottish Secretary David Mundell became the Conservatives’ first ever openly gay Cabinet minister today after admitting that the only way he could be “truly happy” was by coming out. In a candid statement issued on his website that won cross-party praise, the father-of-three described the “conflicting emotions” and angst he felt as he came to terms with his sexuality. Mundell said there was an “unstoppable direction of travel” towards the conclusion that he was gay and he wanted to “get on” and make it public at the start of the new year.

Corbyn’s Object Of Desire
What does everyone’s favourite bearded MP travel on to pick up his croissants in the morning? Apparently, it’s a Raleigh bicycle, retailing at £475. Jeremy Corbyn picked a red Raleigh bicycle as his “ultimate object of desire”, apparently similar to his own, in a column he penned for a special edition of Stylist magazine.

A Stitch Up In Wales?
Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of plotting to “stitch up” an upcoming by-election in Wales to ensure that one of his hard-Left allies is selected. Laura Hughes has been told that Mr Corbyn’s office wants to ensure that Katy Clark, the Labour leader’s political secretary, is able to contest the Ogmore by-election when Huw Irranca-Davies steps down. One former Labour Minister told the Telegraph: “People in Wales will be furious if they try to stitch it up for Katy or someone like Chris Williamson.

Coffee shops running wifi networks may have to store internet data under new snooping laws, Theresa May has said. Communications service providers (CSPs) will be required to retain internet connection records (ICRs) for up to a year under the draft investigatory powers bill. These will detail services a device connects to but not users’ full browsing history or the content of a communication.

Not-So-Straight Salmond
Alex Salmond had promised to “shoot straight from the hip” and provide “honest, straight-talking answers” to callers for his new radio phone-in show. When it came to insulting Donald Trump’s hair as a “toupee”, hinting he wanted an invite to Rupert Murdoch’s wedding to Jerry Hall or describing the Iranians as a “wonderful group of people”, the former Scottish First Minister was as good as his word during his debut on LBC. However, some callers and even co-host Iain Dale grew frustrated with the evasiveness of his responses about a second independence referendum, whether he had broken his promise that the first vote was a “once-in-a-generation” event and the collapse in the oil price.

HMRC – Better And Better?
HM Revenue and Customs’ performance is getting “better and better” despite one in five phone calls not being answered within six minutes, Dame Lin Homer has said. Dame Lin, who is quitting as HMRC chief executive, said that in three months to end of December 81per cent of calls were answered within six minutes, a record which she described as “improving”.

Pensions Probe
MPs have launched an inquiry into whether David Cameron’s triple-lock pension promise is fair to younger generations. The Work and Pensions select committee will investigate claims that baby boomers receive more from the welfare state than they pay in, compared to younger generations for whom it is likely to be the other way around.