A problem shared is a problem halved

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You can see from my abridged autobiography that I have travelled an emotional journey, a roller coaster of good and bad times, and that I am still on the journey…I’ll always be on the journey, we should always consider ourselves to be on a journey, always moving forward, always experiencing new things, always learning… I have ...

ANOTHER TRAGEDY: WE MUST ALL RAISE AWARENESS OF DEPRESSION

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….and another….and another….and another, this time, a 49 year old, intelligent, artistic/creative, successful, admired, respected, loved and adored, husband, father, son….the list goes on, of course…close friend, another victim of the horrible, cruel illness - yes, illness - clinical depression, as much an illness and often, as in this latest tragic case, terminal, as cancer.     I ...

A WINDOW INTO ALICE HERZ-SOMMER’S BEAUTIFUL SOUL

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I'm not sure if this blog belongs in the 'LIFE' category or the 'MUSIC' category...so I have put it in both:     I saw this about 3 years ago.       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oxO3M6rAPw     Alice: what a special lady!     What Alice says, how she says it, what Alice feels and how she expresses what she feels, the look on her face, the depth, her ...

FRIENDS…

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I just have to tweet this photo:       Videos are great, of course, but 'stills' catch a moment...videos can miss the moment, they don't catch them, hold them, they don't suspend the moment like 'stills' do.     Here, my sister, with the dark hair, is catching up with an old friend ('old' as in they go way, way back). ...

IZZY DIX’S TRAGIC STORY: KILLED BY BULLIES

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Teenager Izzy Dix's tragic story has consumed me today - what makes it worse is that Izzy's experience is not unique, it's not even uncommon. It happens, a lot.     Izzy’s poem: ‘I Give Up’:     "I arrive, Happy and fresh, Ready and excited To celebrate the goodness.   I am eager and keen to have a good time. As I smile from the bubbles ...

SALLY BRAMPTON: ANOTHER TRAGIC SUICIDE WHICH, MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED

I read this on the BBC News website last night and it upset me to the extent that I could not compose myself enough to be able to ‘write’ a blog. The upset remains but some of it has given way to anger which has enabled me  -  motivated me  -  to blog:     http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37769093     I look at ...

ARNOLD PALMER RIP

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Arnold Palmer was exciting golfers and sports fans generally before I had ever heard of golf but I have tears in my eyes as I read the tributes. The man was more than a legendary golfer, he was a legendary sportsman, he was, plain and simple, a legend. Strange, isn't it, that a man who I ...

DEPRESSION: AN INVISIBLE ILLNESS

Mental Health and Invisible Illness Resources:   "I HAVE A CHRONIC ILLNESS   DON'T BE SURPRISED IF...   I DON'T ANSWER THE PHONE OR REPLY TO MESSAGES STRAIGHT AWAY; I CANCEL OUR PLANS, ESPECIALLY AT THE LAST MINUTE; IT SEEMS LIKE I'M NOT LISTENING OR NOT INTERESTED (BRAIN FOG); I LEAVE EARLY FROM A SOCIAL GATHERING OR PARTY; I SUDDENLY NEED TO LIE DOWN OR REST.   I ...

‘THE ALCHEMIST’ (by Paulo Coelho)

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I’ve just read, again, Paulo Coelho’s classic ‘short story’/novel, ‘The Alchemist’. I read it years ago but in my current state of mind, I was drawn to it again.     Insofar as the style of the novel(la) is ‘fantasy’, supernatural, quasi-religious, ‘The Alchemist’ is not a typical read for me. I usually read non-fiction though I do ...

A LITTLE KINDNESS GOES A LONG WAY

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thk2KJFU2iM   A little bit of effort in the realm of kindness can have a huge effect on people's lives.     I've just been watching Yaf, my wife, slicing some cake, wrapping it lovingly, ribbons and all...she's off to visit a friend who has just come out of hospital. Yaf could have just taken the cake but, no, she ...

“PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER!” (a monologue by me, James/Koby Gould, 16 March 2016)

“PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER!” :   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-aNNP7tk1Q   "Everything is great. Well, on paper it is great. Love is all around, beautiful wife, gorgeous two year old son, doting parents, loving sister, terrific friends - but I feel all alone - great house, good job, cars, holidays…I’ve got it all, I guess. But I haven’t got it all…I haven’t got my ...

I GET SO MUCH MORE THAN PHYSICAL HEALTH BENEFITS FROM RUNNING

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Hardest but most invigorating, confidence-boosting run today: 9km to the Dan Accadia hotel (averaged 5.45mins per km), a spot of breakfast, a coffee at Bell Beach and then 9km back (midday heat, a lot of uphill running) in similar time.     Tiring? I guess so but the adrenalin and the endorphins were so in play that, at ...

VIRGINIA McLAURIN: A BEAUTIFUL, INSPIRING, LIFE-ENHANCING MOMENT IN THE LIFE OF THE UNITED STATES AND HUMANITY. THE SPIRIT OF MARTIN LUTHER KING IS ALIVE AND IT DROPPED IN TO THE WHITE HOUSE IN THE FORM OF VIRGINIA MCLAUREN!

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BEAUTIFUL!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYUMpCOVoHY   Regardless of politics, regardless of opinions on Barak Obama as President, this is a beautiful human story. Virginia McLaurin is 106, she's active, she's dancing in The White House with the President of the United States of America and his wife, The First Lady.   Just think for a moment what Virginia McLaurin has seen and witnessed ...

TONY BENNETT, INSPIRATION, LEGEND, WINS HIS 18th GRAMMY AWARD AT THE AGE OF 89. MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS!!

Tony Bennett is 89 years old, he still tours the world and, last night, he won his 18th Grammy award. I'm approaching, with trepidation, 50 years old, I have been bemoaning the ageing process, the speeding up of the passage of time and the relentless skidding towards my dotage.     Tony Bennett was already almost 40 when ...

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY: THE GREAT MAN’S DREAM IS STILL UNFULFILLED

  Martin Luther King Jr. Day:   I never cease to be blown away by Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" speech, the performance by the great, great man, such beautiful words, so 'musically', so 'poetically' and so powerfully, yet gently, lovingly and kindly, spoken. I can't watch/listen to it without tears welling up in my eyes. It ...

MY MUSICAL ‘DEMIGODS’

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Christopher David Tookey, Former Film and Video Critic, 'Daily Mail':   "The one other thing I remember about David Bowie was that he didn't have much confidence in his own voice. He knew that he sounded like Anthony Newley but was relaxed about that. Oddly enough, Newley hated this "imitation" and when Bowie sent him a copy ...

DAVID BOWIE, RIP

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The passing of David Bowie, I know the world hasn't stopped spinning on its axis. I know that time hasn't stopped. The things that cause world leaders to lie awake at night, they were frightening and alarming yesterday and they are just as frightening and alarming, probably more so, today. We all know that but, ...

RIP AND THANK YOU, ROBERT ‘STIGGY’ STIGWOOD

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Robert 'Stiggy' Stigwood - what a life story! What an inspiration!   http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/obituaries/article4657448.ece   ...from this:   'He left Australia in 1955 and worked his way to Britain, hitchhiking lifts on land and from oil tankers at sea. He arrived in Britain with dysentery and just a few pounds in his pocket. Several jobs later, he and a friend set up ...

MEADOWLARK LEMON, A LIFE WELL WORTH LIVING! RIP…

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Beautiful words.   BBC obituary:   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35191863   'When he was inducted into the basketball hall of fame in 2003 he said his destiny had been "to make people happy".' ' "He was an incredible entertainer and brought happiness and lifelong memories to millions around the world," said Globetrotters chief executive Kurt Schneider.' They really are beautiful words - to want to make ...

THE BONDS OF RELIGIOUS/CULTURAL KINSHIP v THE BONDS OF HUMAN KINSHIP

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A video interview followed by blog comment:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXGfngjmwLA   I feel a bond with this lady, a lady whom I have never met, and doubtless never will, a bond of love and a bond of kinship. That kinship has two strands, a Jewish strand and a human strand. The interesting question I ask myself is whether the Jewish ...

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: ‘WINNERS – AND HOW THEY SUCCEED’ by ALASTAIR CAMPBELL

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Matt Parker (Head of Marginal Gains at British cycling):   “Pursuit of excellence has to be relentless, people underplay the amount of time and effort it takes to be the best in the world at anything. It should not, and it cannot, ever be comfortable, because the moment you feel comfortable you stop challenging yourself, so you ...

JONAH LOMU: HIS LIFE, AN INSPIRATION, HIS TRAGIC DEATH, SO YOUNG, A WAKE-UP CALL

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The death, at such a young age, just 40, of rugby union legend  -  icon  -  Jonah Lomu, has really upset and shaken me.   http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/34853536   I know nothing about rugby, I've never followed it (though I do 'get it', I see the 'beauty', the immense skill/talent  -  I love sport and I do appreciate that, in rugby, ...

LYNDA BELLINGHAM’S BOOK, “THERE’S SOMETHING I’VE BEEN DYING TO TELL YOU”. A ‘MUST-READ’. INSPIRING, UPLIFTING AND LIFE-ENHANCING!

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A book that should be read by everyone who is alive now and who will eventually die, i.e. everyone. A 'must-read'!! Let me first make one thing clear: whilst I did, of course, cry when I was reading this book, predominantly Lynda's journey from her cancer diagnosis to her passing, I smiled more than I cried. ...

I THINK THEREFORE I AM…

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...and, for years, it was more a case of "I don't think therefore I am not". I’m misunderstood these days so let me put the record straight. Many years ago, I fell for religion hook, line and sinker. In hindsight, I was vulnerable, I was ‘easy game’. I was ready to fall, I was standing on the ...

IMAGINE…

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Amongst John Lennon’s most famous words are the following: "Imagine there's no heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living for today...   Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people Living life in peace...   You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not ...

TODAY’S TERROR IN ISRAEL: THERE IS BLAME TO BE APPORTIONED ON BOTH SIDES AND, YET AGAIN, THE COMMON DENOMINATOR IS RELIGION

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This is a great article! "The Paranoid, Supremacist Roots of the Stabbing Intifada": http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/10/the-roots-of-the-palestinian-uprising-against-israel/410944/ Islam is not the enemy. It is not Islam which is standing in the way of peace. It is extremism on both sides. I am aware of the fact that many of the terrorists attack us without God on their minds. I am aware ...

VATICAN SACKS PRIEST WHO COMES OUT AS GAY: AN ADMISSION OF BIGOTRY (of course, Orthodox Judaism and Islam will be supporting the Vatican on its decision).

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What an ugly, tragic story: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34432701 More evidence that the Bible, Old Testament and New, is incompatible with equality and fairness. The Vatican is manifesting bigotry/homophobia (just as Orthodox Judaism and Islam do*  -  we would have seen the same if this Polish priest, Msgr Krysztof Charamsa, had been a Rabbi or an Imam). If British Airways ...

THE WORLD HAS GONE BERSERK (OR, RATHER, MANKIND HAS GONE BERSERK)

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Watch this: https://www.facebook.com/StandWithUs/videos/10153240246827689/?pnref=story This is beyond my comprehension. I am utterly heartbroken and despondent. There is no light on the horizon. Everything is wrong here, 2015 and we are mired in religious war, hatred on both sides (and within each side), politics and irrational belief  which is making people do and believe mad and dangerous things. This ...

JACKIE COLLINS: WHAT A LIFE, WHAT AN INSPIRATION, WHAT AN EXAMPLE!

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The light that was Jackie Collins' life has sadly gone out: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/obituaries/article4562805.ece What an amazing life!! Jackie Collins had ambition and dreams like so many people but unlike many dreamers, she actually focused and pursued the dreams until she achieved them (and she kept focusing and achieving). She lived in a way that tells me that she was ...

OPENING MY EYES, OPENING MY MIND: GETTING REAL

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When you have experienced clinical depression and risen from the depths to see daylight again, after many, many years in the darkness, you find yourself a 'specialist' in the field of clinical depression. I'm not saying that the experience gives you the academic knowledge of a consultant psychiatrist but you do gain deep insight and ...

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: ‘THE GOD DELUSION’ by PROF. RICHARD DAWKINS

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I have no doubt that reading this book has been, for many people, a life-changing experience. I read it because the subject matter and the philosophy of the author, Professor Richard Dawkins, appealed to me as I walk a well-trodden, rocky, winding road. It has been of immense help and has given me enormous clarity. ...

We Live In A Godless World

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I intended, from the outset, to keep CARRY ON KOBY a religion/politics-free zone. Change of plan. THE world news which is capturing and occupying the hearts of millions around the world: the tragedy of the asylum seekers fleeing today's evil. http://www.hrw.org/news/2015/09/02/dispatches-why-i-shared-horrific-photo-drowned-syrian-child One thing is for sure  -  we live in a Godless world! As I have said for some time, ...

Book Recommendations: “Why Me?” – An Autobiography (and an examination of the nature of stardom): The No. 1 All-Round ‘Popular’ Entertainer, THE Ultimate Song And Dance Man, MR SHOW BUSINESS, SAMMY DAVIS JR.

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"Why Me" is a fascinating, in-depth autobiography, penned by the greatest popular entertainer the world has ever known, and will ever know, the incomparable legend, Sammy Davis Jr. (co-written by Jane and Burt Boyar). It is a fast pace, entertaining, inspiring, emotional, heart rending, oft times desperately sad, roller coaster of an autobiography, an examination of ...

Sir Nicholas Winton z”l, The Personification Of ‘Goodness’. Tissues At The Ready…This Blog Is A Weepy!

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I never met Sir Nicholas but I think it's fair to say that I love the guy. I don't mean a la "I love Fred Astaire" or "I love Mozart"  -  I mean the guy melts my heart. There were floods of tears when I watched this! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_nFuJAF5F0 For me, there is an extra poignancy in watching ...

Rabbi Boteach On Last Week’s US Supreme Court Decision To Allow Same-Sex Marriage In All 50 US States

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When I started CARRY ON KOBY, I decided that neither religion nor politics would be the subject of any of my blogs. I don't think I'm infringing my rules by posting this blog as it's more an issue of gay rights than religion per se. Well, here it is... https://www.facebook.com/RabbiShmuleyBoteach/videos/10153022077966089/?pnref=story Hear, hear!!! Well said!!! Now, THAT'S how to ...

Kirk Kerkorian: What A Life! RIP

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The swashbuckling, self-made billionaire Kirk Kerkorian has passed away at the grand old age of 98. It feels surreal blogging that as he appeared to me to be immortal. He was still doing mega, multi-billion dollar corporate deals in his 90's! Here is The New York Times obituary: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/17/business/kirk-kerkorian-billionaire-investor-in-film-studios-and-casinos-dies-at-98.html What a guy! What a life! He lived it ...

Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade – ALL Israelis who value human rights, freedom and democracy can be proud!

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Stick this in your pipe and smoke it, all you bigots who slam Israel for trampling on human rights. http://www.timesofisrael.com/watch-tel-aviv-takes-pride-in-parade/ How many Gay Pride Parades are there in our neighbouring countries?? Do it large in Gaza, do they? This show moves on to Ramallah after Tel Aviv, does it? The LGBT community in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, ...

Book Recommendation: Alastair Campbell’s ‘THE HAPPY DEPRESSIVE: IN PURSUIT OF PERSONAL AND POLITICAL HAPPINESS

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Alastair Campbell's 'The Happy Depressive: In Pursuit of Personal and Political Happiness' is a great read (and a short one). As I 'wrote' in the Amazon Book Review I posted, his candour and openness is to be commended. Heart on the sleeve stuff. People who suffer from clinical depression will empathise. The millions of people ...

Why I Gave Up Alcohol

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In the aftermath of the tragic premature death of Charles Kennedy last week, his good friend, Alastair Campbell, spoke to Sky News, not only about the personal loss but on the wider issue of creeping alcoholism which is spreading like wildfire throughout the UK. Alcoholism is a disease which hides behind the accepted drinking culture ...

Senator Joe Biden, A Gilded, Golden, Glamorous Life? NO! He’s A Broken Man Drowning In The Quicksand of Tragedy And Heartbreak

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We all know that illness and tragedy are not selective, that they are happy to destroy anyone and everyone, rich and poor, the 'average Joe' and also, as we learn today, the top Joe. Senator Joe Biden seemed, in the eyes of the 'outside' world, to have it all. In some ways, more than President Obama. ...

The Beauty Of The Miracle Of Life

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I defy anyone to watch this and not to burst into tears: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJ6Me4zVkwU It's difficult for me to put it into words because as much as I can appreciate what I'm seeing when I watch the video, as much as I can understand the elation, I can't know what they are experiencing. They are experiencing/feeling part of ...

You Are Not Alone

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I read a lot of inspirational quotes  -  daily  -  and every now and then, one comes along which really speaks to me. One of my inspirations, Andi Saitowitz, posted on Facebook today a quote by inspirational speaker and author, Harvey Mackay: "None of us got to where we are alone. Whether the assistance we received ...

Don’t Take Each Other For Granted

Such a beautiful yet heartbreaking tribute to Dave Goldberg from Sheryl Sandberg: https://www.facebook.com/sheryl/posts/10155493238390177 It reminds us of what, of course, we all know, that life can change so unexpectedly in an instant and that we must live our lives conscious of that fact. We mustn't be morose, we mustn't let that awareness depress us...on the contrary, we ...

It Really Is Mental!!

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I learnt something about myself today. The 'dawning' came to me via a fairly easy lesson, less than 30 minutes...my emotions? surprised, inspired, very empowered, excited, energised, liberated. What happened? I'm not really one for exercise but I know, particularly as I approach middle age, at 48 years old (well, 'they' say that 50 is the new 40!), ...

What does it take to be a winner?

Golfer Jordan Spieth yesterday won the 2015 Masters at Augusta, Georgia: http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/golf/32278605 (read how he did it)....and this is what winners do! Leading last year as he went into the 4th and final round of the Masters, he finished as the runner-up. He must have been gutted  -  self-doubt could have set in and made winning in ...

“The most important thing is to know oneself better.” — Spinoza. What do you think is the most important thing?

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A Facebook pal of mine posted the following on Facebook yesterday:   ' "The most important thing is to know oneself better." -- Spinoza. What do you think is the most important thing?'   My response:   "Heavy question! The most important thing (in terms of ourselves)? It took me over 40 years to get close to an answer. I blog a ...

Katie Hopkins’ message to you if you suffer from depression: ‘get a grip’, buy some running shoes and get some fresh air

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Katie Hopkins, a 'journalist', whose modus operandi seems to be to anger, hurt and shock, she's done it again: she describes depression as “the holy grail of illnesses”, “the ultimate passport to selfobsession”, she says that sufferers should “get a grip” and that “People with depression do not need a doctor and a bottle of something ...

Unearthing the talent within ourselves and our children

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http://www.surfermag.com/the-now/ray-collins/#HBUPdmfsHuiXRzfH.97 What a great story, so inspiring, hidden talent which may never have seen the light of day were it not for serendipity visiting Ray Collins, a colour blind miner in an Australian town which I hadn't heard of before today, Bulli. Ray was forced to give up, to leave, his job because of injury and with ...

Love in the extreme is more powerful than evil in the extreme

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Jan and Antonina Zabinski: heroism which renews my faith in humanity.  http://http://www.jta.org/2015/03/23/news-opinion/world/when-jews-found-refuge-in-underground-warren-at-warsaw-zoo What a beautiful story of selfless sacrifice against a backdrop of unimaginable, incomprehensible horror. Angels, Jan and Antonina Zabinski, harboured 300 Jewish children, taking the risk that the nazis (I never give that word a capital 'N', it doesn't deserve it) would find them, discover ...