This time last year I had arrived in much warmer climes after an unscheduled and super-weird stopover in Kiev and I still think I'm more tired now. The bus home was caught up in just the most insane traffic this afternoon. London is emptying for Christmas like Mordor going to war. It's been quite the year and I feel like I'm going to wash up like flotsam on a beach instead of riding triumphantly across the finish line.
Rather than wrap and clean and shop for food and plan and go to the gym what I would really like to do this weekend -what I need to do- is curl up somewhere quiet with a
glass large glass bottle of port and watch some videos. Hopefully you have the opportunity to do the same. Here are some suggestions. They hang together in an only slightly non-transparent way.
The first one is found via Chris Knowles by way of Mike Clelland. What a difference a decade makes. The 'shaman' encountered in Devon was subsequently jailed for administering ayahuasca. DMT is still a scheduled substance in the UK but still... tough break.
Staying with documentaries about culture and spirit beings, here's a French documentary about Iceland and its traditional beliefs.
Next up is an absolutely lovely and inspiring short film set to some of Carl Sagan's less ambiguous words about mankind's destiny. I have watched this about a dozen times now.
Here's an eerie drone video of Chernobyl.
To loosely tie it together like the ribbons on my appallingly wrapped gifts (I am so massively shit at giftwrapping), here's a recent interview with cardiologist and NDE researcher, Dr van Lommel.
And that about concludes the videos that tie together. (Or does it???) Next up are some fun videos because it's Christmas and if you took me up on the port recommendation you will be pleasingly merry by now. Firstly, a father/daughter dance battle which makes even me want to swap my traditional gingerbread house for a real one.
And finally. Dogs wearing booties for the first time, looking rather like most of the people in my company at the end of last night's Christmas party.
It's the weekend before Christmas. Be happy with the little things.