27 February 2015

The Living Mountain

This lovely programme from BBC Scotland about the book by Aberdeen-based Nan Shepherd was repeated recently on BBC4. It's available here on iPlayer for 28 days.

26 February 2015


Be silent, hide away and let
your thoughts and longings rise and set
in the deep places of your heart.
Let dreams move silently as stars,
in wonder more than you can tell.
Let them fulfil you – and be still.

What heart can ever speak its mind?
How can some other understand
the hidden pole that turns your life?
A thought, once spoken, is a lie.
Don’t cloud the water in your well;
drink from this wellspring – and be still.

Live in yourself. There is a whole
deep world of being in your soul,
burdened with mystery and thought.
The noise outside will snuff it out.
Day’s clear light can break the spell.
Hear your own singing – and be still.

By Fyodor Tyutchev, Trans. Robert Chandler.

 From The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry, edited by Robert Chandler, Boris Dralyuk and Irina Mashinski, published by Penguin Classics 

25 February 2015

Sword and sabre

Next week is weapons week at Mark's classes. I also have some lively new bokkens for sale at £15 if you need one for class. 


I was away from Thursday class last week as I had guests- Sam and Janira Masich. It was good to spend time with such great T'ai Chi friends and catch up on the news from out there. Sam and I saw the RA Hockney show together a few years ago and he has been drawing so much since. His drawings have really inspired me, so my sketch book is now always close at hand. Last week I read a great line, although I forget who wrote it:
'An artist is a sketchbook with a person attached. '

22 February 2015

Music news from Wayne

The Muckers are playing a public ceilidh on Saturday 21 March in Bounds Green.
Its a benefit for Freedom from Torture and Haringey Women’s Forum.
Tickets are £10 each advance / £12 on the door.
You can book online, or better still let me know how many tickets you want and I’ll reserve them for you – that way more of your contribution can go to the causes rather than be lost in an online fee.
Please let others know about this night of music and dance, and all for a good cause.
For more information go to: www.springchickenevents.com
St Michael’s Large Hall, 37 Bounds Green Road, London N22 8HE
Underground: Wood Green – Piccadilly line
Buses: 29, 67, 121, 123, 141, 221, 232, 243, 329, 629, W3
Saturday 21 March from 7.30 – 11.00pm
Doors open at 7pm with beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks available at the bar.
Advance tickets £10/ £12 on the door – over 12 years only

Music news from Karen

Next Sunday 1st March, I will be performing at the awesome Rich Mix with my new full band of wonderful musicians :). It's always a great line up and wonderful crowd, so come join us ! Here are the details :

Doors 6pm, Music from 7pm
, Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA

More details here:

Also excitingly for those of you who are new here and don't yet have my EP, you can download it for FREE up until the launch of my full album, here. (Or get a free CD at one of my gigs.) You can also see my music video filmed by BAFTA nominated Robert Hollingworth on that link. Going down a storm !!

See you soon !

Karen x


19 February 2015

Inverurie Short Form class dates

The beginners Short Form class at the Community Space in the Inverurie Tesco will continue on Mondays 3:30-5pm until 29th June except 4th to 18th May. The price is £6 (£4 for concessions).
New and returning students are welcome to join the class. Please get in touch if you need any further information.

16 February 2015

First flowers of Spring

Yesterday, snow drops and crocuses by the river. 

14 February 2015


Thanks to Mark and all those who came to a lovely afternoon of sword.

Sword today- Saturday

At St Mary Magdalene Chuch Hall Trinity Rd, 2-5pm, £20. All who have finished Sabre Form are welcome.

12 February 2015

Fibonacci a go go

At home with a streaming cold as of last night after class, and I am sadly missing tonight's Thursday session. So here I am catching up with emails before bedtime and I found this wonderful video my brother shared with me. Enjoy.

11 February 2015

Pictures from the weekend

I am just heading off to Hackney to teach, so more pics and info later. Thanks to all up North for a great weekend!
Afternoon session of Short Form and partnerwork.

The Dance...

Battlehill, Huntly.

Mark's Tuesday class on Feb 17th Cancelled

Due to the hall giving late notice of a week of repairs and decoration work. Back to normal thereafter.

Sword on Saturday

2-5pm on Saturday not Sunday at St Mary Magdalene Church Hall, usual place. All Sword students or those who have finished sabre are welcome.

Shorter session this Thursday

A reminder that we're in the Small Hall at Monymusk from 8-10pm only this week as the bowlers are in the main hall. Info for current block of Thursday sessions is here.

09 February 2015

No Inverurie class this week

A reminder that there is no Inverurie Short Form class this week, 9th February, as the room is being used by another group. Next week's class will be at the usual time 3:30-5pm.