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Big Sam's slip-up

Posted by Simon Parke, 29 Sep 2016

It wasn’t the silly jibes at people in the job before him, like Roy Hodgson and Gary Neville.

I mean, we all show off sometimes, surfing on our imagined excellence, comparing ourselves rather favourably to our (shit) peers and rivals.

Nor was it the unwise suggestion that he knew how to get round the rules surrounding third party ownership of footballers…

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The Garden of Sadness

Posted by Simon Parke, 27 Sep 2016

If you come across the Garden of Sadness on your way home, if it appears along the way, don’t rush by too quickly…

...or with eyes and head averted.

People do tend to avoid it by some means or other…

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The Darkling Thrush

Posted by Simon Parke, 26 Sep 2016

My poem of the week is The Darkling Thrush by the English novelist and poet, Thomas Hardy, (1840 - 1928)

His novels - like Jude the Obscure and Tess of the d’urbervilles -  famous and honoured now, were not favourably reviewed at the time, which may have led him to take up poetry…

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Cover of A (Very) Public School Murder

My latest book A (Very) Public School Murder is published on 19 May by Marylebone House. Abbot Peter and his niece DI Tamsin Shah, investigate murder when the local school’s Headmaster, Jamie King, is found dead at the bottom of Stormhaven’s famous white cliffs. Read more and pre-order your copy.

Simon's Mindful Lifebelts app

Mindful Lifebelts is an app to help when life is difficult; or preferably, to prevent it becoming so. The short meditations come in both written and audio form, spoken by Simon.

A contemplative few days based around Simon's book, The Beautiful Life, now republished as The Journey Home. The retreat features meditation, silence, community and teaching.

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