Welcome to my web site
There’s a shelf full of notebooks, a file full of journal records, a head full of ideas, a floor
full of diagrammatic rugs and a folder full of artwork, not to mention boxes and discs full
of photographs. All are demanding a chance to be shared with the people, that I hope are
out there, who share similar interests and would be interested and intrigued by some of the
contents. So, this website is my “waving not drowning”
chance to share a lifetime’s accumulation of
investigations, imaginings and discoveries.
At the moment, in the spring of 2010, it’s more important
to assemble, expand, clarify and get on-line the various
pieces of information and enquiry that many years of
curiosity and research have produced than spend more
time in pursuit of further ideas, though there are some
more which I hope may be added as this website goes
live. A scan of the various ‘pages’ here will reveal the
range of topics that have intrigued me since the early
days and some of the great minds whose leads I’ve
followed into unexpected places. Trying to categorise the
whole gamut proved difficult and not very useful for me.
So, I’ll leave it to you to make of it what you will. Many
will find stuff that seems “not worth the candle” but I
hope others may be sufficiently stimulated to read and
consider, ask questions, add useful thoughts, and debate
the ideas here. I’m expecting to be adding new threads to
the pages as time passes and building a useful range of
links to related websites.
Any suggestions and exchange of ideas would be welcomed.
My journey, from the first remembered experiences as a child, to the mindset of a would be
“sage” in maturity has been labyrinthine and multistranded. The swirling path filled with
loops and coils has led through many fields of investigation, sceptical enquiry and at times
suspension of disbelief. Each new development has provided a building block or touchstone
for those that followed and often influenced other areas of interest.
Although a rational and scientific approach has been the starting point for many of these
investigations an openness to things less consensual has helped to frame many of the
A point of departure is one of my early memories as a four year old at a gathering of the
woodcraft oriented kindred to which my parents belonged. After dark in a
field near High Wycombe, in the hollow of an old chalk pit overhung by
beech trees burnt a large fire. Surrounding it I saw a sea of faces,
glowing in the light of the flames, singing the old songs of the kindred.
Since then the joy of sitting with friends round a fire as the sparks rise
up into the night sky with stories and songs to be shared has never
dimmed. It has continued into this new century with the folk of Oak
Dragon in “talking stick” circles and this week another group of friends sat
with me in the Oxford Integral Circle discussing the ideas of Ken Wilber.
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This site brings together
a kaleidoscope of ideas
derived from 60 years of
enquiry: it shares insights
into fields as disparate
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At midnight on the winter
solstice the Star Goddess looks
down over Avebury. Her eyes
are Castor and Pollux (Gemini),
the Milky Way crosses her body
and she stands on Silbury Hill.
Rug based on the star map for