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How the BBC is against truth

Posted by Simon Parke, 16 Jul 2018

I’ve only been on Radio 4’s Today programme once.

My book The Journey Home (previously known as The Beautiful Life) had recently come out.

What piqued the editor’s interest was the sub-title Ten New Commandments because life could be better which could, on the face of it, appear controversial.

I didn’t regard the book as controversial…

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Attachment theory Part Three

Posted by Simon Parke, 16 Jul 2018

We’re pondering attachment theory, and this is part three and the last in this mini-series.

And while all writing must stand on its own, to have read the previous two parts may help.

At the heart of attachment theory is the child’s relationship to their feelings.

The opportunity to express these feelings clearly and plainly - without being ignored and without fear of reprisal - is crucial in a child’s development…

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What question is your life here to solve?

Posted by Simon Parke, 16 Jul 2018

What question is your life here to solve?

It’s worth a moment.

Sometimes life’s question is simply, what socks shall I wear today - or what shirt?

Or perhaps a little more challenging, should I change jobs or propose marriage?

Questions differ in significance…

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Attachment theory Part Two

Posted by Simon Parke, 13 Jul 2018

We’re thinking about attachment theory, pioneered by John Bowlby.

This is Part Two, which assumes knowledge of Part One, which I posted recently.

We opened the subject up and looked briefly at secure, anxious, avoidant and disorganised attachment.

Secure attachment is gift; the other three are not…

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Are penalties a matter of luck?

Posted by Simon Parke, 9 Jul 2018

So England beat the disgraceful Colombians on penalties.

(I’m sorry, they were. Had they played us at football, they probably would have won.)

And with column inches to fill, we heard a lot about the psychology of penalty taking…

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Cover of Another Bloody Retreat

In the first of my Abbot Peter mysteries, in a prequel to the Abbot’s Stormhaven adventures, Peter takes us back to the monastery of St James-the-Less. There in the shadows of Mt Sinai, Abbot Peter faces a discomforting cocktail of deception, delusion and death.

Cover of The Indecent Death of a Madam

The Abbot Peter murder mystery series continues with The Indecent Death of a Madam. What brings together the Stormhaven Etiquette Society, Model Services (the town’s only brothel) and Bybuckle Asylum, a desolate shell on the seafront that housed over 700 mental patients prior to the dubious dream of ‘care in the community’? A cold-blooded execution that both shocks and confounds.


The Beautiful Life retreat offers a contemplative experience, including input from Simon, meditation, sharing, silence and time for yourself. Here you will find community and solitude, rest and inner search, based on material in Simon’s book The Journey Home (originally published as The Beautiful Life). In a climate of safety and acceptance, we dare to contemplate the truth of ourselves, the mess and the magic, the place to which our journey has brought us.

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