A Christmas Carolyn

Sometime ago I was talking to Carolyn, an old friend and colleague, about the challenges of spending Christmas Day on your own and the consequent trepidation that I was feeling.  As you would expect from such an experienced coach and counsellor, she wasn't going to let me get away with that for long, and we … Continue reading A Christmas Carolyn


The Art of Ships in Steel and Stone

Having grown up in Sunderland I don't associate it with appreciation of the arts.  Over the years the council, seemingly seeking to vie with Gateshead, has invested in a number of projects that have failed to inspire.  Most recently the Roker Pier Gates, fashioned from stainless steel, began to oxidize, a large sculpture representing the … Continue reading The Art of Ships in Steel and Stone