Laughter and Tears: Preparing For A Dutch Adventure

On Friday I go to Holland to take part in ‘De Afleiding’, a 24 Hour Workshop delivered by PeerGrouP. You may have seen my mug expressing sheer joy on this very site upon hearing the news I had been selected to join Mathilde on the excursion – and joy is very much what I felt when selected. Now, as the time grows closer I feel...

In Slung Low’s HQ, we have a system, a very good system, which allows us to express very clearly how we feel. This is important as part of a collective in order to allow us to remain honest and open with each other. We call it the Neil Sedaka Sleeve Of Emotion, and it looks like this:

Pinned to the wall we can simply call upon any of Sedaka’s wonderfully concise expressions to pin point exactly how we feel, from the ecstasy of top left to the despair of bottom right. For the record, my favourite is the look of teary disappointment in someone who has let him down so badly he is no longer sure he can be their friend despite the years of happiness they have shared together, positioned in the middle of the bottom row.

What I am getting at is that right now, I couldn’t find the emotion I feel buy prodding Neil. I wouldn’t want you to believe Sedaka has failed rather that PeerGrouP have excelled. I am excited, scared, intrigued, beguiled, serious, wild – all manner of feelings flood through me when thinking about just what to expect.

In all seriousness however, I am extremely happy to have this opportunity and can’t wait to get there. I just hope the plane doesn’t have propellers; just as Sedaka doesn’t have a face to fit my mood today, he has none for the fear I have of flying. Wish me luck, I shall return with a full report on the whole shebang early next week.

In the meantime, stay top left.


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Comment by Tim Price on August 21, 2009 at 10:20
Bring it on. Top Right.
Comment by Matthew David Scott on August 20, 2009 at 18:06
Next time we meet Price, there's gonna be an arm-wrestling. Bottom Left.
Comment by Tim Price on August 20, 2009 at 17:19
Don't eat pork or lamb? Don't eat pork or lamb? You're representing Wales here, not the Steiner Waldorf school for Mincing Kittens. How about you use the flight to have a firm word with yourself?
Comment by Matthew David Scott on August 20, 2009 at 13:23
As a matter of fussy tastes rather than principle, I don't eat pork or lamb really - unless you count the sausages you get in Heinz Sausage and Beans. Or Doner Meat. And I don't think you really can. The rest of the meaty world is fine.
Comment by Mathilde Lopez on August 20, 2009 at 13:18
Matt! I am there and it's definitely top left!
One practical question though,do you eat meat?
It is not a conceptual question and the workshop won't harm animal, promise.
So, yes or no?
Comment by Matthew David Scott on August 20, 2009 at 12:33
Richard W. Burton. We really can always rely on you for crudeness and puns can't we?
Comment by Rich Warburton on August 20, 2009 at 7:48
I always liked middle far right as if Sedaka has taken mixed pleasure in soiling himself. Godspeed Scotty. And if you need time to fill on the flight you can cut the album sleeve up and play Sedaku!
Comment by Matthew David Scott on August 19, 2009 at 22:40
Thank you Peter. My fear of flying is more about a fear of the aircraft ceasing to fly at a most inopportune moment. Imagine a mix of bottom row middle and top right.
Comment by Peter Cox MBE on August 19, 2009 at 21:17
Goed Geluk as they say in Dutch...

Is that fear of flying more about landing?

Worth noting that the hydraulic legs systems that aeroplanes use are the same technology as miners use holding up large amounts of tunnel roof!

Think I'm feeling a bit middle middle tonight.

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