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Friday, 10 June 2011

Sewing and meditating are two of my favourite things, and here we're bringing the two together. I hope that you'll come along to Russia Dock Woodland on 26th June for Meditation in the Park and sit on one of these beautiful mats. I just love how the coffee sacks have come round the world as packaging and here we are stitiching them to some of the most beautiful English interiors fabric.  Classy!

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Sweetness and Light

Monday, 09 May 2011

Globe Pond, Russia Dock Woodland

Yesterday over 50 people came to Russia Dock Woodland to enjoy Photography in the Park led by Nick Fleming, my husband.  We served biscuits I had made and returned with a tin which didn't even have any crumbs left in it for Millie-Pup.

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Portrait of My Mother

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Portrait Of My Mother

"It's not very flattering, is it, as a portrait of your mother" said the man standing next to me as we both looked, somewhat dazed and confused, at Juan Gris' Portrait of Artist's Mother painted when he was at the height of his Cubist phase.  

And yet, within that major Cubism retrospective of the early 1980s it is that painting which most got me thinking about the relationship between the artist and his subject, his subject and her beauty, the painter and his projections, the viewer and the work of art now hung on a gallery wall, framed and insured for millions and millions.  "Your mother wouldn't like it if you painted her like that" he continued, with the sure knowledge only a husband can have.

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To Eat is Human; To Digest Divine

Thursday, 03 March 2011

Parmesan & Lettuce Soup

It's official: it's been the gloomiest winter on record here in London with washed out, opaque heavy skies hiding any hint that there is, really there is, a sun out there which shines even when we don't see it. It's a leap of faith I know to believe that it's there, but it is. The lacklustre heavens though do more than dampen out all the colour from our lives; they make everything look drab, not that the objects are washed out but the light begins to play tricks with us so we start to see the world through greyed out eyes. Either you fall into the trap of getting all depressed, or you rise up to find inspiration in the most unlikely places.

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The Celebrity of Timeless Beauty

Monday, 14 February 2011

Greek_Play_Helen-PosterThere's nothing new under the sun.  No, really there isn't.  Every drama that unfolds, be it in real life, on the silver screen, the boards, or on the box, in 3D, HD or in the flesh, it's all been done before.  Whether it's tragedy you're after, comedy, soap operas, or even reality TV, pretty much everyone got there before you, most likely Shakespeare, that genius of the Play of Life.  But even the Bard wasn't always the original and often had to doff his cap to those who were there at the very inception of modern day theatre a couple of millenia ahead of his game.  

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Beyond Searching for Lost Time

Thursday, 03 February 2011

Madeleines

Mention Madeleines, those yummy little lemony cakes, in intellectual company - you know the type who read good-for-you classics - and invariably the conversation turns to that exalted moment in Proust's magnum opus, In Search of Lost Time, when he discovers the key to his Universe when served a Lemony Cake (Fr: Madeleine):

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Brompton World Championship 2010

Friday, 31 December 2010

Guru Kaur crossing the finish line... I love my Pink Brompton, the iconic British designed and built folding bicycle.  It's how I potter around Rotherhithe, along the River Thames, through Russia Dock Woodland, and to teach Yoga at the Farm.   Most Saturdays we fit it with wicker baskets and venture off a mile or so upstream to Borough Market and Maltby Street for our weekly food shop.  Occasionally we put our Bromptons in the boot of the car when we go down to the beach so that we can bicycle along the cliff paths before having a Cream Tea and then going for a stroll in the sunset with the sand between our toes.

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Meditation in the Park 2010

Saturday, 10 July 2010

MeditationInThePark_2010_-7932_300wMeditation in the Park this year was glorious, full of intense sunshine and delights.  All the organisers hope that it inspires you to see the world a bit differently and make changes which allow you to enjoy it more.  You can download for free here what you learned (or missed!) on the day and take the new experiences from Meditation in the Park further.

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Stillness

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Clear Blue SkyFor what seems like forever, but is probably only just over a week or so, here in London we've had days of eternal sunshine. The English weather does things like this so really it's not that surprising. But it's been very special. It's been silent.

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gk-teachingI taught a powerful set of Kundalini Yoga at Living in Oneness in London in October 2009.  Afterwards I recorded an audio guided version of the class, with music specially composed for it by our business partner, Hari Karam Singh.  Please accept this gift to yourself...  NB it doesn't work if you don't do it!

Please download it here

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The Only Secret of Beauty

Friday, 18 September 2009

Spring brings with it new shoots of green, announcing the potential for the summer ahead.  Asparagus just sums that up so well!  I have just entered this tart in the March Food Joust on the Foodie Blog Roll, the forum for Food Bloggers. It requires that you make a dish using three ingredients. This month they were almonds, asparagus and lemongrass. Here's my entry: Asparagus and Lemongrass Cream Tart.

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Moving on Extreme Victims

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Last week I was a guest at a Mini-Conference hosted by Concordis International, on how to address breaking the vicious cycle of conflict.  It dealt with real life in its raw and dirty details which no one wants to know about and few could even dream up to make into a Hollywood plot. The starting point was understanding the extremes of victims and the way out through communication.

 

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Heaven is Gratitude Not Guilt

Monday, 23 March 2009

There's no quicker way to find out what issues people have, in life as well as about food, then to serve them chocolate. Chocolate's been demonised and idolised; it's been the object of denial and obsession; and everyone has an opinion about it. Please don't blame chocolate when you're looking in the mirror and wondering "does my bum look big in this?".  If you ate more than one...

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Yesterday we all went off to Waterstone's in Ealing for the book signing of Nidar Singh Nihang and Parmjit Singrh's book In the Master's Presence.  Millie waited so patiently outside like a true groupie and then fell in love with a real gentleman. 

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Cows and Canary Wharf

Friday, 20 March 2009

If you thought that the only place to be in Spring, my dear, is Paris, well think again.  This year, Spring has arrived in London with all the warmth of summer's promise, the expansive blue skies of infinite potential, and the fresh vitality that signifies the end of winters' past.  It was time to get out there and check out what the trees are wearing this year, and how this year's rendition of spring's birdsong compares with previous number ones.  There's a rather incongruous melange far beyond what you normally expect from a City.

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Life's Little Luxuries

Saturday, 14 March 2009

Today one of my favourite magazines thudded onto the floor through the letterbox. It's another French interiors magazine whose special feature this issue is all about bathrooms and the theme is simplicity.

I know a thing or two about bathing in simplicity so I was intrigued to see what the sumptuously photographed bathrooms would offer.

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Revealing Hidden History

Saturday, 14 March 2009

I recently was asked to write a review of In the Master's Presence: The Sikhs of Hazoor Sahib by Nidar Singh Nihang and Parmjit Singh.  This is is a substantial piece of work, both weighty enough for the scholar, and light-hearted enough for the interested individual.  richly deserving a very special place in the annals of Sikh and Indian History. The review was published in Des Pardes, the weekly Punjabi newspaper with a circulation of some 20,000 in the UK.  You can read the English version on Sikhnet

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Whose Life do You Lead?

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Put a collar on a dog, open the door, and a question faces you: "whose life do you lead?" As a woman this is particularly relevant because many of us were brought up with confusing beliefs about what it is to enjoy life as a woman. Dogs are a great way to learn more about leading and enjoying life, to relax and feel secure as yourself. 

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Welcome to a Whole New World

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

I never had imagined that I would be taking part in a dog show, least of all the biggest dog show in the world.  I didn't even like dogs.  That was until Millie arrived and we embarked on discovering a whole new world, most of which was way out of my comfort zone.  Most of all I found that effortless effort was a result in and of itself. 

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